Leading senior executive strategist and advisor for responsible investment, David Atkin shares with us his upbringing in Papua New Guinea and his mum’s work with the Aboriginal community in Western Kimberly before his time as CEO of Cbus Super.
This episode gives rare insight into the thinking behind a senior executive of a large superannuation fund. The conversation covers how to effectively balance impact investing whilst generating a great return for members, what executives and senior leaders need to consider before building out an effective Reconciliation Action Plan, and how these senior leaders can keep up to date with Indigenous issues and challenges.
Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as an Australian-first investigation into best practice reconciliation and Indigenous engagement for corporate Australia and beyond.
Guests include Indigenous and non-Indigenous thought-leaders – Hon. Ken Wyatt AM (Minister for Indigenous Affairs), Karen Mundine (Reconciliation Australia CEO), Dr Simon Longstaff AO (Executive Director of The Ethics Centre), David Atkins (former Cbus CEO), Andrew Olsen (GHD), Ian Hamm (chair of First Nations Foundation), and Dr. Tracy Westerman AM (clinical psychologist).
Themes include building meaningful relationships with First Nations communities, understanding cultural obligations and connection to country, essential next steps for all Australians towards reconciliation, step-by-step breakdowns for building Reconciliation Action Plans, how senior executive leaders should engage with Indigenous issues and challenges, the role of Indigenous entrepreneurship, and the importance of representation.
Host, First Nations Foundation CEO Phil Usher, is a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people. He has taken the Indigenous-led financial wellbeing organisation to new heights, recently launching new digital financial products for Indigenous Australians: IndigenousSuper.com.au, TomorrowMoney.co and My Money Dream. First Nations Foundation was awarded Indigenous Business of the Year at the 2020 MyBusiness Awards.
For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast
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