Media Release: BPW NZ – Congratulations to NZ’s Banks

Embargoed until 6pm 2nd October 2014

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates the banking industry for showing true leadership in gender diversity.

BPW NZ welcomes the results from the recent New Zealand report on the  Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business, a partnership initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact, (WEPs).  The report was compiled from information provided by corporations and banks throughout New Zealand who’s CEO has signed the WEPs Statement of support.

“At the White Camellia Awards organised by UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand, BPW NZ, Human Rights Commission and EEO Trust the Banks proved to be the leaders of change by empowering women in their workplace,” says Vicky Mee, BPW NZ President.

“BPW NZ acknowledges this year’s results showed a shift in the winners of the award categories with businesses and corporations achieving a higher representation.

“Of the seven awards covering each of the WEPs, the banking corporations have shown true leadership taking out four of the awards.

“Overall winner, BNZ, showed innovative leadership in gender equality and provided many opportunities for their female staff through the implementation of the WEPs,” says Mrs Mee.

The following winners illustrated true leadership within the core principles.

#1:  ASB & BNZ:  established high-level corporate leadership for gender equality

#2:  Bell Gully:  treating all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination

#3:  Farmers Trading Company: ensuring health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers

#4:  Deloittes:  promoted education, training and professional development for women

#5:  ASB Bank:  implemented enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women

#6:  Westpac:  promoted equality through community initiatives and advocacy

Supreme Winner: BNZ: for progress on implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

“It is inspiring to see these winners empowering women in the workplace with an emphasis on training and developing a pipeline of women in management positions.

“The momentum for change is building,” says Vicky Mee President BPW NZ


For further information or to schedule an interview please contact:

President, Vicky Mee, 021 116 8948 or email

or Carolyn Savage, 021 117 9261



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