Westpac takes out the Deloitte Top 200 Diversity Award 2015

Global Women partner organisations won large in the Diversity space at the Deloitte Top 200 awards last Thursday with an awards night held at Vector Arena.

Global Women major investment partner Westpac won the award, with ANZ and Air New Zealand hot on its heels as finalists.

Global Women is extremely proud of Westpac’s huge commitment to diversity. As outlined in the Herald article, “There is a 50-50 split within the senior executive between men and women. On top of that, leadership roles throughout the rest of the organisation are 47 per cent filled by women. Considering this figure sat at around 17 per cent in the late 1990s, the strides Westpac has taken are huge.”

Westpac goes further than gender diversity – it launched the You Being You initiative aimed at supporting the LBGT “It Gets Better” movement, and it’s the first dementia-friendly bank in New Zealand – critical with the projected tripling in numbers of New Zealand’s dementia sufferers by 2050, and the financial abuse that often comes with that.

ANZ was a finalist with a huge number of diversity initiatives being run, with audits tracking the numbers of women, Maori & Pasifika being recruited and promoted. ANZ’s “all roles flex” policy allows anyone to adapt work around their lives, the parental policy provides top-ups over the government parental leave payment system, as well as “Returning from Parental Leave” workshops.

Air New Zealand has the goal of a leadership team of 40 percent women by 2020, and runs women leadership and networking events. It also runs Maori and Pacific Island networks, and tracks its progress in diversity and inclusion.

Winners of the rest of the Deloitte Top 200 awards are below,

• Company of the year: EBOS Group
• Executive of the year: Christopher Luxon (Air New Zealand)
• Chief financial officer of the year: Robert McDonald (Air New Zealand)
• Chairperson of the year: Joan Withers – Global Women member
• Most improved performance: Refining NZ
• Excellence in governance: NZ Super Fund
• Best growth strategy: Tourism Holdings
• Diversity leadership award: Westpac
• Young executive award: Craig West (Downer Group)
• Visionary leader award: Dame Suzie Moncrieff (WOW)

(See Herald coverage here)