First Nations Reconciliation at Zurich

Acknowledgement of Country

Zurich would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our head office is based, the Cammeraygal people of the Eora Nation. We extend this acknowledgment to the many traditional lands that we operate on in Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We acknowledge their continuous cultural and spiritual belonging to Country and know that they will always remain the Traditional Owners and the First Peoples of this land.

We remain committed to walking and working with the First Nations peoples of the Country as we build long lasting partnerships for future generations together.

Our Reconciliation Journey

Participating in Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program is a strategic commitment to connecting and collaborating with First Nations peoples and celebrating the unique contributions they make to the communities we serve in Australia. If we want to create a brighter future together, we need to work together and we need to listen.

We have been working closely with Reconciliation Australia since developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We delivered this first Reflect RAP between November 2020 and November 2021. We’ve learned that relationships come before business; it’s important to consider the human aspect, slow down the pace, do fewer things better, and yarn without agenda. We’ve learned that honest conversations may be uncomfortable, but they bring us closer together. In addition, building a grassroots network of champions across the business is vital: Everyone owns reconciliation. Listening, learning, and building trust is more important than doing, achieving and counting. Our RAP Steering Committee and RAP Champions hold the responsibility of educating leaders on the need to balance corporate needs for measured outcomes with the need to take the time to make genuine long-term impact which cannot always be immediately seen.

Our Innovate RAP

We are committed to putting these learnings into action through our Innovate RAP (September 2023 – September 2025).

Our vision for reconciliation is that First Nations peoples and other Australians live well and enjoy confident lives together.

To achieve this, our commitment for advancing reconciliation is that our employees understand, respect and care about First Nations histories and cultures and we contribute to better outcomes in our industry and areas of influence.

This means that we will commit to:

  • Increasing our understanding of First Nations cultures, histories, traditional knowledge, strengths and aspirations by learning, listening, asking and yarning
  • Building open and inclusive employment pathways and taking action to become a culturally safe workplace for all
  • Co-creating opportunities for and with First Nations peoples through partnerships with like-minded organisations

Yulang (ripples) by Peta-Joy Williams

Reflecting this vision, Zurich has commissioned Wiradjuri artist Peta-Joy Williams to create a unique artwork, which Peta-Joy has called Yulang (Ripples). Learn more about Yulang here.