Champions for Change set to revolutionise New Zealand's diversity landscape

Champions for Change set to revolutionise New Zealand's diversity landscape

Written by Global Women, 08.03.16

Media Release: 08 March 2015

Business leaders are joining together on 14 March at the Champions for Change Summit in central Auckland to tackle how to achieve a step-change in diversity in New Zealand’s leadership. Champions for Change is an initiative of Global Women, which acts as its Secretariat.

Champions will agree on priorities and work streams to lift diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, age and other areas, with a key focus being a commitment to develop a standardised reporting framework.

“Champions for Change recognises that all organisations are at different points in their diversity journey and that historical considerations and operating environments make it even more challenging for some organisations to lift levels of diversity,” said Dame Jenny Shipley, Champions for Change Co-Chair.

“Our Champions are standing up and actively acknowledging that the state of diversity here is simply not good enough and they are serious about forging a better future for New Zealand.”

“Consensus is not always easy to achieve, but the Champions believe strongly that standardised measurement and reporting is needed to accelerate diversity as it goes beyond intent and drives positive behaviours and outcomes,” she added.

A recent survey of New Zealand Champions for Change organisations, conducted by Global Women[1], found that 53% of organisations had a diversity and inclusion strategy in place, or in draft. Yet to date, women make up only 17% of directors, and only 19% of senior management positions in New Zealand[2].

“Our survey has shown we’re making positive strides towards greater diversity of leadership and raising awareness yet we’ve got more to do to realise the improved business performance, economic growth and social prosperity greater diversity delivers,” said Champions for Change co-chair, and CEO of BNZ, Anthony Healy.

The Champions for Change Summit aims to ignite real and tangible changes in areas such as measurement and accountability; growing talent pools and mainstreaming flexibility.

Some positive steps forward have been made, with more than half of Champions for Change organisations surveyed investing in specialist training of their Human Resource staff to better manage recruitment practices, including policies around new appointments, progression pathways and translation of advertisements into different languages.

Diversity is good for business. It unleashes wider talent pools, diverse thinking, greater innovation, improved decision-making and ultimately better returns for shareholders.

Research from McKinsey & Company[3] highlights that companies that rank in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians and Goldman Sachs predicted in 2011 New Zealand’s GDP would increase by 10 percent by closing the gap between men and women.

Truly diverse and inclusive leadership takes into account age, ethnicity and gender. Being home to the largest Pacific Island population in the world, the growing Māori economy and Asian population is creating an increasingly culturally diverse New Zealand which brings further opportunities.

“Capturing the value of diversity will become increasingly more important as New Zealand’s marketplace globalises to ensure our competitive edge” Mr Healy said.

ENDS

Survey of Champions for Change members, February 2016:

  • 53% of organisations surveyed stated they have a Diversity & Inclusion strategy either in place or in draft, and almost all have implemented initiatives to promote diversity across their business.
  • 85% use external research to inform policies and decision making around diversity and inclusion, and just under half (47%) are commissioning their own primary research, either in-house or through commissioning suppliers.
  • Almost two-thirds (65%) of respondents confirmed they had entered into partnerships with external organisations as a part of their D&I strategy – with Global Women, EEO Trust, DiverseNZ, and Rainbow Tick featuring prominently.
  • 53% of those surveyed have invested in specialist training of Human Resource staff.

 

Champions for Change Include:

First Name

Surname

Position

Organisation

Mark

Adamson

CEO

Fletcher Building

Dennis

Barnes

CEO

Contact Energy

Nicky

Paul

Bell

Wilson

CEO

CEO Commences March 2016

Saatchi & Saatchi

Albert

Marc

Brantley

England

CEO

CEO Commences May 2016

Genesis Energy

Mike

Bush

Commissioner

NZ Police

Barbara

Chapman

CEO

ASB

Mai

Chen

Managing Partner

Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists

Peter

Chrisp

CEO

NZTE

Tony

Gibson

CEO

Ports of Auckland

Chris

Gordon

Partner & Chairman

Bell Gully

Bruce

Hassall

CEO

PwC

Anthony

Healy

CEO

BNZ

Paul

Herrod

CEO

KPMG

Kevin

Kenrick

CEO

TVNZ

David

Hisco

CEO

ANZ

Robert

Jones

CEO

Fulton Hogan

Rob

Lee

MD

IBM

Adrian

Littlewood

CEO

Auckland International Airport

Christopher

Luxon

CEO

Air New Zealand

Gabriel

Makhlouf

Secretary & Chief Executive

Treasury

Hon Steve

Maharey

Vice-Chancellor

Massey University

Gary

McDiarmid

CEO

Russell McVeagh

David

McLean

CEO

Westpac

Nigel

Morrison

CEO

SKYCITY

Gráinne

Moss

Managing Director

Bupa

Simon

Moutter

CEO

Spark

Sarah

Naude

Principal Consultant

Propero Consulting

Sir Ralph

Norris

Chair

Fletcher Building

Simon

O’Connor

NZ Managing Partner, NZ Assurance Leader

EY

Craig

Olsen

CEO

IAG

Kirsten

Patterson

NZ Country Head

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Professor Geoff

Perry

Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean

AUT Business & Law Faculty

Scott

Pickering

CEO

ACC

Thomas

Ross

Pippos

Milne

CEO

Chair

Deloitte

David

Pralong

MD

McKinsey & Company

Cathy

Quinn

Chair

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Mark

Ratcliffe

CEO

Chorus

Brian

Roche

CEO

NZ Post

Mark

Rushworth

CEO

Paymark

Sue

Sheldon

Chair

Global Women

Dame Jenny

Shipley

Chair

Genesis Energy

Theo

Spierings

CEO

Fonterra

Matt

Stanley

Principal Consultant

Propero Consulting

Anna

Stove

General Manager NZ

GSK

Steve

Tew

CEO

New Zealand Rugby

Nick

Thomas

General Manager NZ

UGL Limited

Simon

Tong

Managing Director

Fairfax Media

Stephen

Town

CEO

Auckland Council

Mark

Verbiest

Chair

Spark

Jason

Walker

Managing Director

Hays

 



[1]Global Women Diversity & Inclusion Survey of Champions for Change members, February 2016

[2] NZX Limited ‘Gender Diversity 4th Quarter 2015 and Annual Statistics