New Zealand is proud to see infrastructure organisations leading the way in
workplace diversity, but urges organisations across the sector to continue
pushing for positive outcomes,” says Paul Blair, CEO of Infrastructure NZ.
The awards, run by
Diversity Works New Zealand, are in their 22nd year and celebrate best practice
in workplace diversity and inclusion. Click the names of each member for a link
to a video summarising their work.
took home the Supreme Award at last night’s 2019 Diversity Awards NZ™, for
their work in driving a diverse and inclusive culture throughout their organisation.
also won the Empowerment Award, in recognition for their work to have their
workforce match the gender diversity of the NZ population, and for their
efforts to develop women leaders across the organisation. The electricity
distribution business also won the Diversability
Award for their work in supporting equitable hiring and support for
employees with disabilities.
NZ members Air
New Zealand won Cultural Celebration award for training their staff about
the culture behind their well-known brand.
“It’s wonderful to see
infrastructure businesses leading the way when it comes to driving diversity in
their workforce and building a culture of inclusion,” says Blair.
inclusion aren’t just about being more marketable or earning social license to
operate. A diverse workforce has more and better ideas and is making full use
of New Zealand’s diverse labour force.
drop the ball on diversity, they are leaving money on the table. If there’s one
sector that should be striving for every advantage and opportunity, it should
be the infrastructure sector in New Zealand.
“Ultimately, it’s just
the right thing to do.
“Organisations ought to
represent the customers they serve, being aware of the unique advantages and
challenges that different users have,” says Blair.
Infrastructure NZ is
delighted to acknowledge the growing number of member organisations nominated
as finalists for the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ™, demonstrating the increasing
importance the infrastructure sector is placing on diversity and inclusion to
help build a future-focused industry.
Infrastructure NZ members Downer
NZ and HSBC
NZ were finalists in the Cultural Celebration Category, where they were
commended for their responses to cultural and ethnic engagement in the
was a finalist in the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Category which honours a
diversity and inclusion initiative that is less than two years old;
Swan was a finalist in the Empowerment Category which celebrates innovative
responses to empowering women in the workplace;
was a finalist in the Positive Inclusion Category, for their innovative
response to inclusivity of the LGBTQI community in the workforce;
NZ and GHD
were finalists in the Tomorrow’s Workforce Category, which celebrates
innovative responses to a changing workforce demographic
Cornelius from Harrison Grierson and Shane
Morgan from Watercare Services were finalists in the Walk the Talk
Category, which celebrates leaders who exemplify excellence in promoting and
managing a diverse workforce.
Infrastructure NZ also
acknowledges the success of industry association partners Engineering
NZ, who were finalists for the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Category
for the transformational work they are leading across the industry.
As a member of
Diversity Works New Zealand, Infrastructure NZ is a strong advocate for member
organisations developing diverse and inclusive workplaces by publicising clear
targets and metrics on diversity, prioritising action and reporting externally
“One of the five
requirements for world class infrastructure is the skill base of our industry.
Future proofing our industry through diversity, inclusion, and hearing all the
voices of our best and brightest minds is critical,” notes Blair.
“These awards recognise
some strong and positive efforts by the infrastructure industry, but there is
still more to be done.
“We look forward to
seeing more infrastructure organisations succeeding in this space next year and
in the years to come.”
For further information and comment contact Paul
Blair on 021 902 436