Powered by diversity: ICC Sydney’s corporate citizenship strengthens its world class services, people & reputation

14 Feb 2023

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on Gadigal Country, managed by ASM Global, has reached 73,600 cultural impressions across 67 events in 2022 – a measurement of the impact of the venue’s global platform and advocacy for reconciliation as visitors engage with Australia’s First Nations people at events.

Located on Gadigal Country where Tumbalong (Darling Harbour) meets Gomora (Cockle Bay), ICC Sydney has revealed how its approach to reconciliation has strengthened its diverse team, delivered positive social impacts within its community and provided meaningful event experiences by connecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the venue every year with First Nations people and culture.

ICC Sydney CEO and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC), Geoff Donaghy said the team’s commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan helped it to support parent group ASM Global ACTS framework objectives to invest in the venue’s team, protect the environment and strengthen the community.

“As we strive for reconciliation, equality and social justice, the impact is threefold. Our team is ever more diverse and inclusive. Our clients can enrich their delegates’ experience by connecting them to the culture and businesses of First Nations people. Finally, our advocacy for reconciliation helps us to deepen our relationships with our First Nations community, respectfully acknowledge their culture through our practices and create the opportunities that make a difference,” Mr Donaghy said.

Mr Donaghy said the achievements of the venue’s latest Reconciliation Action Plan includes facilitating connections to First Nations people and culture through its Legacy Program.

“Supported by our venue’s diverse team, event organisers have significantly embraced the venue’s Legacy Program with almost 65% of the international events delivered in 2022 activating at least one of its five streams, and the vast majority (90%) of these activations including a connection to Australia’s First Nations culture through performances, food, artwork or gifts at their events.

“​We’re driving change internally too — We are committed to embedding Gadigal language in our daily operations and practices in accordance with Australia’s National Agreement on Closing the Gap and in response to the UNSECO Global Action Plan for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

We are continuously training our people in cultural awareness. We continue to mark days of cultural significance across National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and others. Our new First Nations procurement policy has allowed us to add 11 new First Nations businesses to our list in FY21/22, spending over A$408,000 with Aboriginal owned, Supply Nation accredited business over those 12 months,” Mr Donaghy said.

Cain Slater, Chief Operating Officer at KARI said the partnership with ICC Sydney is a perfect embodiment of their mission to create meaningful points of connection to share Aboriginal culture and achievement while strengthening Indigenous communities in Australia.