Xero’s commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) across our global business extends to championing D&I in the communities in which we operate, including Indigenous communities globally. We believe driving better D&I outcomes can help amplify our positive impact on the world. This commitment aligns with our values and our purpose to make life better for people in small business, their advisors and communities around the world.
Listening and understanding is the first step to enabling meaningful change and positive community outcomes. There are already many ways in which Xero supports Indigenous communities globally such as appointing our first Global Indigenous Affairs Officer, introducing a Social Procurement Plan to preference spend on businesses majority owned or managed by under-represented groups, including First Nations people, and a scholarship for Indigenous students with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada.
In Australia, Xero’s soon to be released Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will reflect our commitment to reconciliation with First Nations peoples, and the passion and efforts of our employees to foster a structured approach to reconciliation. In line with this, Xero supports the establishment of a Voice to Parliament in Australia to enable First Nations peoples to have a say in policies and decisions that affect them and their communities, and to help close the gap. This position aligns with Xero’s D&I strategy, our values and our purpose, and our reconciliation commitment, as outlined in our RAP.
While this is Xero’s position, we recognise some stakeholders will hold alternate views. We encourage our people, partners and communities to have respectful and inclusive conversations as they seek to help inform their own personal decisions. Additionally, we are committed to playing a role in providing our people with access to education and resources to help inform their own personal decisions on how they choose to vote at the referendum.