Diversity is increasingly seen as an advantage in business
As the owner of an Indigenous/female owned legal practice I have seen a dramatic uptick in opportunities for our business as buyers increasingly understand the benefits of applying a different lens to issues.
This has also come at a time when more and more Australian companies commit to participate in the journey of Reconciliation through the preparation of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) or through other programs to increase Indigenous participation in their businesses. At Marrawah we are often asked by our corporate clients for guidance on how best to move forward to engage with Aboriginal businesses and potential partners. Clients ask us because we work across both worlds and have unique insights.
Check out my Lawyers Weekly interview around ‘diversity in business’, where I reflect on running a female-owned business, and having a family myself, I know that it’s really hard to get in front of big corporates and pitch your ideas, especially if you’re not based in the same city or have that unique or traditional connection. These days I think it’s a huge strength to be a indigenous women in business, and have and people want other people they can connect with in order to help their business move forward.
Article written by Leah Cameron, Founder & Principal Solicitor at Marrawah Law
The overwhelming majority of my staff are Indigenous women. While I’ve made deliberate decisions to employ good Indigenous legal people, I’ve never had the intention to preference women. The reality is that’s how it has worked out for me.
I’m the owner of an Indigenous firm and because I’ve been seeing it happen, it always surprises me when I see other businesspeople oblivious to one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy.