In addition to donating time and resources to non-profit organizations, we also partner with communities to provide opportunities to various local stakeholder organizations including diverse and Indigenous peoples. When we undertake a project in an area, members of these communities participate as employees, subcontractors or service providers.
Mentoring Indigenous Communities
Through our unique Featherstone Mentorship Program, which engages, develops and employs Indigenous community members, we have achieved more than 28 employment success stories representing 18 Indigenous Communities and more than 20,000 labor hours. We continue to actively recruit from Indigenous areas by working with schools, community job fairs, cultural celebrations and tribal councils.
Australian Reconciliation Action Plan
A Quanta operating company in Australia has been delivering Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation Plans on projects for more than 35 years. In 2020, we embarked on a Reconciliation Action Plan for the development of an enterprise-wide approach to contribute to an Australian culture in which everyone respects, recognizes and is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and cultures.
Working with Indigenous Partners
On a project in which two operating companies are partners, the appointment of local companies provide numerous economic and social benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. One example is the appointment of dice (Aust) Pty Ltd, an indigenous owned and operated company, which performed the installation and commissioning of electrical systems.
Canadian Indigenous Community Support
One of our large operating companies in Canada has a 40-year history of building strong partnerships and relationships with diverse communities across the country. In addition to charitable contributions, we ensure there are always local economic benefits as a result of our projects, including prioritizing the use of local businesses, suppliers and workers. This practice often leaves legacy benefits, such as long-term contracts with suppliers, allowing for capital equipment purchases; local labor with enhanced skills; and long-term, positive relationships with the community.
On one Canadian project alone, we donated to the following community groups: