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Cultural Capability & Engagement

Ensuring our people have the skills to build strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities.

Cultural Engagement

We recognise the importance of building cultural capability across our business and providing greater opportunities for our people to engage in reconciliation. Achieving a solid foundation of cultural capability will put us on the right path to achieving our vision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities.

  • We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the continuing custodians of country and culture and we’ve installed Acknowledgement of Country statements in all Commonwealth Bank branded branches across Australia to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land
  • In 2015 we worked with Blackcard, a Supply Nation-certified business, to develop a group-wide cultural capability framework. The cultural capability framework will be rolled out later in 2016
  • We provide our people with cultural capability education in the form of workshops, e-learning and on-country learning at Bawaka, an Aboriginal homeland in North East Arnhem Land. Over 202 leaders have taken part in this experience to date
  • Our employees organise events to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and NAIDOC Week (3 – 10 July 2016) each year
  • We’ve sponsored the National NAIDOC Person of the Year Award since 2009, providing the winner with a $20,000 bursary. Since 2015 we have also sponsored the National NAIDOC Ball VIP section
  • We support 5 community NAIDOC celebrations each year with grants of $5000
  • We’ve supported the National Apology Anniversary Breakfast since 2009
  • We host a group of Commonwealth Bank leaders and community partners at Garma (29 July – 8 August 2016). The Garma gathering brings together business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing Indigenous Australia.