The KPMG RAP App is a digital story about the events defining Australia’s and KPMG’s journey towards a unified Australia with equal opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Commitment to communities is an important part of KPMG’s business values and strategy, according to CEO, Geoff Wilson, who is also a board member of Jawun – a not-for-profit organisation that forges relationships between Corporate Australia and a range of Indigenous organisations in communities across Australia.
"The RAP App will reach a new and broader audience who like to receive their news and information through a portable digital device rather than a corporate website. It puts our own reconciliation journey in the context of Australia’s journey for equality," said Mr. Wilson.
The RAP App charts KPMG’s progress including the work of 124 Jawun secondees who have contributed more than 20,000 professional hours with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Projects have included assisting with funding applications for Babana Aboriginal Men's Group in Redfern, an organisation committed to supporting Indigenous men in the areas of health, training and employment and working with the Yolngu Nation of North East Arnhem Land to support the development of a commercial and sustainable meat works operation.
KPMG was also the first major accounting firm to have a RAP endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, in 2009.
KPMG Chairman and Reconciliation Australia Board Director, Peter Nash, said "The inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian’s is unacceptable. The concept of a civil society where there is equality of opportunity is a vibrant, diverse and evolving space and corporate Australia has many roles to play."
"We need to raise awareness of societal issues, and encourage and support human rights. No one sector can solve society’s challenges alone but collaborative partnerships with business, government and other organisations are great steps forward in closing the gap," he added.
The RAP App can be downloaded from the Apple Store.
* A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a public statement made by an Australian organisation outlining the actions it will undertake, within its sphere of influence, in the national effort to close the seventeen-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.