Embracing diversity and inclusion is not only essential for our employee wellbeing, it also sets the foundation for a truly great business. The more inclusive our culture, the more our employees will offer diverse perspectives that support holistic decision-making, innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. To successfully deliver on our promise to supercharge New Zealand’s success, we know we need to represent the communities we operate in – at all levels of our organisation.
Strong representation of women in senior leadership roles continues to be a key business focus. In 2016 we launched our Women in Leadership programme, designed to accelerate the development of our female talent. In the past year, Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon joined the Global Women’s initiative Champions for Change. The initiative brings together a group of New Zealand CEOs and Board Chairs from across the public and private sectors to raise diversity and inclusion within their organisations and implement strategies to actively promote the concept among peers.
In addition to this, we are looking at other ways to broaden our support of gender diversity. Our Women’s Network is open to all female employees and we have partnered with social venture Professionelle to mentor women in the early stages of their careers to help develop emerging and potential female leaders.