Infrastructure NZ is delighted to acknowledge the growing number of
member organisations nominated as finalists for the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ™,
demonstrating the increasing importance the infrastructure sector is placing on
diversity and inclusion to help build a future focused industry.
“Entering the Diversity Awards is a bold move and demonstrates a public
commitment to driving change in workplace cultures; which research
demonstrates, is rewarded by enhanced business performance and employee
engagement” says Paul Blair, CO Infrastructure NZ.
The awards, run by Diversity Works New Zealand, are in their 23rd year
and celebrate best practice in workplace diversity and inclusion. Judging
convenor Kirstin Te Wao says the judging panel was impressed to see a number of
entries that demonstrated a clear link between the organisation’s diversity and
inclusion initiatives and the overall business strategy.
“The judges saw some very well-designed programmes that
evidence businesses are making a significant investment in the future
sustainability of their workforce,” she says.
Another theme was the increase in organisations drawing on external
expertise or partners to design and deliver initiatives, contributing to the
uplifting of economic outcomes for broader Aotearoa.
“It was also wonderful to see organisations demonstrating
inter-generational and collective thinking through initiatives that benefit an
entire industry, not just one organisation, and have a broader impact on the
wider community. These are all positive signs as Aotearoa reimagines what the
future holds in a post-Covid-19 environment.”
This year, Infrastructure NZ members Jasmax were nominated as
finalists in the Cultural Celebration Category, where they were commended for
their responses to cultural and ethnic engagement in the workplace;
Deloitte was nominated as finalists in the Empowerment
Category which celebrates innovative responses to empowering women in the
The Ministry of Education was nominated as a finalist in the Rainbow
Inclusion Category, for their innovative response to inclusivity of the LGBTQI
community in the workforce;
HEB Construction was nominated as a finalist in the Skills Highway
Award Category, honouring organisations which recognise the importance
of numeracy and literacy.
Citycare Ltd, Fletcher Building and Girl Boss NZ, The
Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and Watercare Services Limited
were nominated as finalists in the Tomorrow's Workforce Award category which
celebrates innovative responses to a changing workforce demographic.
Aurecon was nominated as a finalist in the Work Life
Balance Award which celebrates organisations that recognise that work is part
of a rich and challenging life.
As a member of DiversityWorks, 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 to stakeholders. “We want the infrastructure sector to be
the industry of choice”, says Blair “welcoming to everyone, and the home of the
best and brightest minds.”
Infrastructure NZ congratulates all finalists and wishes them well for
the Gala Dinner at the Skycity in Auckland on Wednesday, 16 September, where
the winners will be announced.