Do you actively support community and indigenous engagement initiatives?


Supporting community and indigenous engagement initiatives is vital for fostering strong relationships with the communities in which we operate. By actively engaging with and supporting local, indigenous, small to medium-sized, and regional businesses, we can promote economic development and sustainability.

Key Principles for Community and Indigenous Engagement

To effectively support community and indigenous engagement initiatives, businesses should focus on the following principles:

Employing Locally

  • Local Employment: Prioritize hiring workers with the necessary skills from the host communities where your business operates. This not only provides employment opportunities but also strengthens community ties.
  • Indigenous Employment: Create specific programs and opportunities aimed at increasing indigenous employment within your business.

Procuring Locally

  • Local Procurement: Whenever possible, source goods and services from local suppliers, especially small to medium-sized businesses and regional businesses. This supports local economies and reduces environmental impact.
  • Indigenous Suppliers: Support indigenous-owned businesses by incorporating them into your supply chain wherever possible. This can involve direct procurement or partnerships with larger suppliers to include indigenous businesses.

Community Engagement

  • Initiatives and Programs: Where ever appropriate actively participate in and support community and indigenous engagement initiatives. This can include sponsoring local events, participating in community programs, and collaborating with local organizations.
  • Feedback and Consultation: Regularly seek feedback from community members and indigenous groups to understand their needs and how your business can better support them.

Practical Implementation Tips

To put these principles into practice, consider the following tips:

  • Partnerships: Form partnerships with local organizations, indigenous groups, and business chambers to identify opportunities for engagement and support.
  • Training Programs: Develop training programs to enhance the skills of local and indigenous workers, preparing them for employment within your business.
  • Mentorship and Support: Provide mentorship and support to local and indigenous businesses, helping them grow and succeed.
  • Transparent Reporting: Maintain transparency in your community engagement efforts by reporting on your initiatives and their impacts regularly.

Good and Bad Examples

A company ignores local suppliers and opts for cheaper, distant alternatives, neglecting the potential benefits to the local community.

Figure: Bad Example - Neglecting local suppliers can harm community relationships and economic growth.

A company actively partners with indigenous organizations, hires local workers, and sources materials from small regional businesses.

Figure: Good Example - Supporting local and indigenous communities fosters economic development and strong community ties.

By actively supporting community and indigenous engagement initiatives, businesses can create a positive impact, contributing to the economic and social well-being of the communities in which they operate.

Michael Smedley
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