This year’s 2022 Diversity Works Awards has yielded a win for not only a Partner organisation, but also a Global Women Member!
Congratulations to Member Dellwyn Stuart for being recognised as the 2022 Diversity Awards Diversity Champion and to KPMG for taking out the top Diverse Talent Award, Medium-Large Organisation.
We also saw many of our Partners have their efforts recognised as finalists, with full case studies detailing their vast Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Air New Zealand’s talent pipeline for Māori and Pasifika staff saw them land as a finalist in the Diverse Talent Award. In the Inclusive Workplace Award, ASB Bank and Fisher & Paykel were recognised for a Rainbow allyship programme and growth of women in STEM roles programmes, respectively.
“We are committed to our vision of fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity… We must ensure that we have the right talent and level of diversity within the firm” — Laura Youdan, KPMG’s National Managing Partner for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
KPMG’s Kiwa Programme is what landed them the win. An all-encompassing initiative designed to attract and retain young Pasifica and Māori talent, Kiwa Programme involves partnering with high schools, providing mentoring to tertiary students along with networking and workshops.
“At KPMG New Zealand, we are committed to our vision of fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity. To be able to deliver on this vision, we must ensure that we have the right talent and level of diversity within the firm,” says Laura Youdan, KPMG’s National Managing Partner for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
Not only that, the Kiwa Programme creates a full-circle loop to retain not just the talent, but overall spirit: “The mentoring programme has also provided opportunities to develop existing Māori and Pasifika staff. “In addition to learning how to maintain and nurture impactful mentoring relationships, each workshop is led by a junior Kiwa member with support from a senior Kiwa member. This is also in line with the Māori and Pasifika values of reciprocity and service, as many of our Māori and Pasifika staff came through as Kiwa mentees and are given opportunities to give back to the programme that supported them,” says Laura.
The Diversity Champion accolade is a new award added to the lineup this year. It’s designed to recognise the work and advocacy of individuals making a personal impact on building a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dellwyn’s recognition embraces her work as the CEO of YWCA Auckland and comes after the launch of mindthegapnz, along with fellow Global Women member Jo Cribb, to accelerate progress and visibility surrounding pay enquiry. “Dellwyn leans into this issue fearlessly and is an inspiring example of someone using their privilege to create a better, fairer world for those from disadvantaged groups,” says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Maretha Smit.
Read about the full awards lineup and explore case studies for each winner and finalist on Diversity Works’ website here.