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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal woman in front of a blue and orange sky

Alcon honours the 65 000-year history of this nation. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, have cared for, and conserved this land since the Dreaming. Their ties to the land, animals, oceans, and rivers are intrinsic to their being. Alcon respects the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, work, and reside. We honour Elders past and present, and we are dedicated to a bright future as we move forwards on our road towards reconciliation.

Our commitment to
Australia’s First Nations people

As we extend our commitment to alleviate vision loss to local communities, we eagerly anticipate supporting Australia’s First Nations people through Alcon’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Australia.

close-up of man's face, focusing on his eye, as he looks upward

In Australia, we are just beginning our reconciliation journey, building foundations across relationships, respect, and opportunities. Our RAP stems from and complements the work of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Committee and our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. It is an important step towards making Alcon a more culturally responsive, safe, and trusted organisation.

Young woman, looking into microscope

Our vision for reconciliation is to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia by significantly improving eye health equity and creating employment, education, and business opportunities for First Nations peoples.

Reconciliation Australia welcomes Alcon Australia to the RAP program with the formal endorsement of its inaugural Reflect RAP. Alcon Australia joins a network of more than 2,500 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program.

Our artwork story
In the Koa language, “Gnully” means ‘we’, “Nhaka” means ‘see’, and “Toona” means ‘plenty’. Together, they translate to ‘we see plenty’.

Inspired by Alcon’s innovation, I created a vibrant design in their corporate colors. The central circle symbolises the company, surrounded by dots representing unity. Seven main circles depict the company’s values: Quality, Performance, Courage, People, Innovation, Collaboration, and Integrity, connected by lines to illustrate organisational collaboration.

– Elaine Chambers-Hegarty, Aboriginal Artist and Designer –

Our Reflect RAP
Working with our customers and building stronger ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, we plan to discover skills training opportunities, especially for those in regional and remote areas. We are also dedicated to exploring employment opportunities for First Nations individuals directly with us and more broadly through our business partners and professional affiliations.