“To fuel social, economic + environmental impact via the empowerment + inclusion of diverse entrepreneurs + minority-owned enterprises.”
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Our work takes us across diverse continents, communities, and organizations; in this work, our principles guide what we do, how and why we do it, and who we hire. The Four R’s have been documented, particularly in North America, as a core set of values to guide Indigenous research; this ethos is also applicable across all of our areas of our organisation and as we continue to evolve and grow, these four pillars honor our Indigenous heritage and ensure a consistent approach to the social impact we deliver:
Respect for the local; People – Traditional Owners, customs, communities, diverse and minority population groups; and the Environment – Land, waters, and all living things.
Cultural, social, environmental and economic relevance and/or fit for local people and communities. An alignment to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030.
Reciprocity in learning, knowledge and capability transfer via effective partnerships, relationship management, and governance. This also extends to clear repatriation, restoration, and remediation for the local people and the environment.
Responsibility to ensure a process of trust and empowerment via rigorous engagement, consultation and participation. Representation of Traditional Owners, communities, diverse and minority population groups in decision-making.
Okwaho Equal Source acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the Traditional Owners of the Lands we visit throughout our work. We recognize their continuing connection to the Land, the Water, and all Living Things.
We pay our respects to Ancestors, and to Elders; Past, Present, and Future.