Corporate Express launches Indigenous Employment Strategy as key part of its second Reconciliation Action Plan

3 May 2012

Last night Corporate Express celebrated the launch of its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), detailing how the company plans to contribute towards reconciliation.

Hosted at the company’s Mascot head office, Jay Mutschler, President of Corporate Express Australia/New Zealand talked about Corporate Express’ commitment to diversity, the reconciliation initiatives to date, and some of the key actions set out in the 2012 RAP. The event also included a performance from Gemma Summerhayes, a featured artist in the 2011 NSW Schools Spectacular Show, remarks from Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair Dr. Tom Calma, and the launch of Corporate Express’ Indigenous Employment Strategy.

Michael Knight, Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Express said: “The launch of our Indigenous Employment Strategy is a key milestone for Corporate Express.  It’s about finding and creating opportunities to introduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into real vacancies and encourages applications for genuine permanent positions.”

One of the unique pieces of Corporate Express’ RAP includes the company’s commitment to supplier diversity – supporting Indigenous-owned businesses – which include being a Founding Member of AIMSC and both using and reselling AIMSC Certified products and services.

“By focusing on what we do best – warehousing and distribution – we can make a difference in Indigenous economic development. By partnering with AIMSC certified Indigenous businesses, we can help get their products out to Australia, growing their business and therefore employing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff,” said Jay Mutschler, President, Corporate Express.

Leah Armstrong, CEO, Reconciliation Australia said: “Corporate Express’ goal of creating diversity through their customers, workforce and suppliers has been a particularly successful RAP action and is an achievement to be proud of.  As a key supply chain player, Corporate Express is uniquely placed to make a difference in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development – and it’s great to see another RAP partner successfully build an ongoing partnership with AIMSC.”

The RAP forms part of Corporate Express’ corporate social responsibility strategy and cements a commitment to creating an organisation that is aware of, and integrates knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and cultures into our business practices.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Levasseur
Head of Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Express
(02) 9335 0511
jennifer.levasseur@ce.com.au

About Corporate Express
Corporate Express is one of the leading single-source suppliers of business products and services in Australia and New Zealand.  Corporate Express Australia and Corporate Express New Zealand, are wholly owned subsidiaries of Staples Inc, the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source of office products.  Corporate Express offers more than just office supplies, with products and services including: IT solutions, print management, promotional marketing, office products, canteen & catering, corporate cellars, business furniture, facility supplies and educational supplies.  Corporate Express’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility supports customers to make sustainable procurement choices.  Find out more at http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/australia_soul 

About Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia is the peak national organisation building and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for the wellbeing of the nation. The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program is one of Reconciliation Australia’s key strategies in closing the gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. www.reconciliation.org.au