Respecting diversity and reconciliation
Saab Australia believes a diverse workforce fosters productivity, creativity and innovation. To actively manage our policy of valuing and respecting the individual differences of our employees and recruitment pursuits, we have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee initiated our ‘reconciliation journey’ for our organisation to understand and respect Indigenous Australians. We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan in May 2018 and are already starting to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to create a more inclusive society. The actions we've defined in our plan will have us respect Indigenous culture and create employment and business opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
Saab actively works with industries and communities in the markets and places we operate which builds familiarity and confidence in our operations and supports the systems that support our workforce, our employees. We have a clear policy to use local suppliers and subcontractors wherever possible to develop Australian industry capability.
Community programs we choose to support are always closely linked to the business for example they will contribute to a more secure society, drive innovation or create employment opportunities and economic growth. Throughout 2017-2018 Saab Australia has made a major commitment to sponsor the 2018 Invictus Games. This is supported by several local not-for-profit causes we support and fund either through donations or in-kind support. For example, on an annual basis we ask our employees to nominate three not-for-profit organisations they care about (one each that supports people, animals and the environment) to receive a sizable donation from our Community Care program.
We are also invested in mentoring and education programs for our local youth whom we hope to recruit into our future workforce. We actively encourage and support our own highly-skilled, professional employees to share their technical interest and enthusiasm through various government and not-for-profit STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs designed to encourage youth into study streams which will lead to careers in advanced technology. We do this through our continual investment in the Subs in Schools program, providing engineering outreach to various local schools and colleges, hosting youth technology tours throughout our facilities, and by mentoring our own graduates through our intern, scholarship and graduate programs. We believe that contributing to knowledge development benefits society as a whole, not just Saab.
ADF veteran and reservist support
Veterans offer a unique blend of cross-functional and technical skills. They have outstanding leadership, team-building, critical thinking, and organisational abilities that have been fine-tuned through their military careers. That is why we employ them. They make up 16% of our workforce with 41% in management positions. We also have our own veteran employment advocate to keep us committed to this initiative. Many of our philanthropic pursuits have a focus on veteran support. Saab Australia is proud to have several fulltime employees serving in the Australian Defence Force Reserves who have our backing 100% when called upon to serve.
Last updated: 24 February 2020 • 01:05