Fortescue caters to Pilbara Aboriginal communities’ needs

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Fortescue Metals Group is working with partner companies to support the Aboriginal communities in Western Australia amid the coronavirus crisis.

With the support of Woollahra, SureKleen, Action Industrial Catering and Sodexo, Fortescue is set to distribute over 1300 care packages of essential supplies to Aboriginal communities in Port Hedland, Karratha and Roebourne.

Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said the company was aware of the risks of COVID-19 to regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

“(We) are working proactively with a range of stakeholders to ensure they are supported during and after this global health and economic crisis,” Gaines said.

“As a business operating in the Pilbara, we have built longstanding relationships with our Native Title Partners and now more than ever, it is vital that we work together to ensure these communities remain safe and resilient.”

Fortescue also included its Aboriginal suppliers in its procurement strategy by securing medical supplies and hygiene products to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

“We know the ongoing impact of COVID-19 will be challenging for many Aboriginal businesses and we are helping to address any specific issues they may be facing, while also continuing to engage their services,” Gaines said.

“(This will) ensure they remain resilient during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”