The Australian Business Award for Human Resource Management recognises organisations that execute initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to excellence in human resource management.
Toxfree is a provider of integrated environmental, waste management and industrial services to the gas, oil and mining resource sector. Toxfree has a vast scope of commercial, municipal and industrial customers across Australia. Toxfree aim to “close the gap” between the indigenous and non-indigenous population through two main methods, a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and an Indigenous Traineeship Program.
With assistance from Aboriginal Elders, Toxfree was able to develop a traineeship program that is cultural, safety focused and provides an economic improvement. There is a focus on long term growth with higher incomes, lower reliance on income support, increased home ownership and higher rates of full time and professional employment. Throughout the traineeship program, Toxfree’s Indigenous Engagement Advisor ensures each and every new trainee is felt welcomed into the Toxfree family. The traineeship program also has a mentorship or buddy system that is proving to be the most important tool in supporting new trainees coming into fulltime employment, as for some of them it is their first job as an employee. Each new employee has a buddy who has completed the traineeship program, this enables every trainee to have a greater understanding of Toxfree’s business and what Toxfree would like to achieve in corporate and social responsibility as part of “closing the gap”. The program involves a Certificate III in Community Waste Management and is fully funded by Toxfree.
As part of Toxfree’s Corporate and Social Responsibilities, through their RAP, Toxfree is committed to “closing the gap” for all disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Toxfree hopes that with the support and guidance from Elders within the community, they can help achieve outcomes across a range of strategic areas. These include; education and training, healthier lives, economic participation, better home environments, and safe and supportive communities. With their RAP, Toxfree will continue to develop ways to assist their diverse workforce. The RAP will help to strengthen the innovative initiatives Toxfree already delivers, as well as assist to develop new partnerships, activities and opportunities to advance reconciliation.
Toxfree will continue to provide more career and skill development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Toxfree is being recognised for a Human Resource Management Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.
The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.
Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.
Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.
Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.
Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.