Social Impact

Constitutional Recognition vs Treaty: a valuable NAIDOC week discussion

At the heart of the debate around ‘Constitutional recognition vs treaty’ there exists two fundamentally different conceptions of the place of Indigenous people in the nation.

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Walking in two worlds: a reality for Indigenous Australians

As an Indigenous man and a HR Practitioner I often feel that I walk in two worlds. The reason I use this analogy is that is sums up the feeling…

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I’m sorry: sincere apologies are for those that make them, not just to whom they are made

Around this time each year, I am always reminded that there are still people who don’t ‘get it’. Working on KPMG’s Reconciliation Action Plan means that generally the people I…

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Western Desert Dialysis: saving lives, history, language, culture and the kangaroo tail BBQ

In mid-February of this year I had the privilege of a six week secondment to the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) region of Central Australia. Being a recent immigrant to Australia…

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Mentoring Indigenous kids gives more than just a chance for a better education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Sadly, the story of a talented Indigenous kid who has difficulties with their teachers…

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“Ours” not “theirs” is the thinking we need on the journey towards reconciliation

Reconciliation Week begins today. It’s 25 years since the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) was established and in February this year, Reconciliation Australia issued a significant and important report, The…

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Human rights abuses in a supply chain can bring a company undone

Human rights abuses in a supply chain can bring a company undone. In March 2016, hundreds of professionals working in the rapidly growing ethical sourcing industry came together in London…

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Closing the gap of Indigenous employment one job at a time

My name is Andrew Olsen and I am a proud Dhughetti and Anaiwan man from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Today I have been asked to write about…

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Will 2016 be the tipping point for business to act on human rights?

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Australia and Canada: new symbols of change?

Business leaders need to be aware of new momentum in international politics that could make the transition to a low carbon economy unstoppable.

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We need to put ourselves in the CEO shoes

Last week I attended a KPMG-sponsored COP21 event hosted by UNESCO at its stunning 1950s-built Paris HQ. One theme in particular emerged from the panel discussion and got me thinking: the…

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Sea Change needed on Climate Change and Carbon Reporting

“As a firm, KPMG is clear that climate change is happening and that urgent action is needed to tackle it now. The evidence is not in doubt.”

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