INTERNATIONAL third party logistics provider C.H. Robinson, has teamed up with footy legend Adam Goodes to help promote the cause of indigenous reconciliation.

C.H. Robinson has announced a partnership with the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (of which Goodes is CEO) and the incorporation of a Reconciliation Action Plan into its Australian operations.

C.H. Robinson has a strong Australian presence and this commitment to iDiC aims to ensure employees get education about indigenous cultures via induction programs and e-learning.

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The iDiC partnership also aims to develop an understanding of the mutual benefits of procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

“Last year, as part of our planning for future growth, we formed a RAP Working Group comprised of senior executives from C.H. Robinson and iDiC—including CEO Adam Goodes—to develop and fully engage the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan,” C.H. Robinson vice president Oceania Andrew Coldrey said.

“The RAP reinforces C.H. Robinson’s commitment to making a contribution to society, respecting diversity and supporting individual growth.”

Mr Goodes welcomed C.H. Robinson’s commitment.

“C.H. Robinson had the vision to create stronger partnerships within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and businesses and has worked with the iDiC to develop and implement a practical plan for moving forward,” Mr Goodes said.

“C.H. Robinson are committed partners and are great to work with.”

One company helping C.H. Robinson do business in Australia is the indigenous business We Create Print Deliver, an advertising and business service in South Australia.

Director Pat Caruso said the national requirements of C.H. Robinson assisted in maintaining its day-to-day operations and increased job security for both indigenous and non-indigenous employees.

“We hope to grow our working relationship with C.H. Robinson as this type of partnership has great potential to help build indigenous-owned businesses and their local communities,” Mr Caruso said.

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