Launch of the UN WEPs Workplace Gender Equity Strategy

It has been an exciting time over the last six weeks as the UN WEPs committee for New Zealand have launched our new workplace strategy in Auckland, Wellington and Gisborne, with a Christchurch launch to come on the 19th August.

The committee acknowledges with appreciation the generous hosting of these events by Vodafone in Auckland and Christchurch and the ANZ Bank New Zealand in Wellington.  The BPW Gisborne club with support from the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce and Eastland Group hosted the launch in Gisborne.
Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission explained the purpose and use of the strategy at each of the launches.  The workplace strategy will provide a practical, step-by-step guide or toolkit that participating WEPs signatories will be able to use to implement a comprehensive gender equality strategy in their workplace.  It draws on national best-case examples that organisations can use as a model or template.  Our thanks go to Sovereign, Ebborn Law, ANZ Bank New Zealand and Chapman Tripp for providing those examples.

This toolkit will enable organisations to analyse their performance, set goals and targets to increase gender diversity in the workplace, and build a comprehensive gender equality strategy.  Importantly, it provides a resource for small and medium sized companies to set policies and strategies for gender equity, which many are hesitant to do because they are unsure of the steps to take to address structural issues.
At the launches Dr Jackie Blue challenged those in the audience to look at their own business and publicly reveal how much of a pay gap exists between male and female employees.  Jackie stressed that empowering women is simply not just the right thing to do but the bright thing to do, as it improves the bottom line and can only help business.

Many thanks to NZ Work Research Institute

 WEPs would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the support of the New Zealand Work Research Institute.
This analysis allows us to celebrate the success and participation of organisations and businesses who have embraced the WEPs principles wholeheartedly.

Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Survey

 The WEPs committee has sent out its annual survey to all signatories and is looking forward to completed surveys coming in.
We are grateful for the assistance of Associate Professor Gail Pacheco and Dr Jarrod Haar from the NZ Work Research Institute, Faculty of Business, Auckland University of Technology for their generous assistance in hosting the survey and analysing and reporting on the results.
The survey includes both quantitative and qualitative questions and is intended to provide useful data on the strategies organisations are using to address the empowerment of women in their workplace.  All data provided by participants is submitted on a strictly confidential basis.  The resulting report does not attribute particular information to an individual organisation.

White Camellia Awards 2016

The partner organisations of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles New Zealand look forward to hosting signatories at our annual White Camellia Awards which will be held at The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland on Tuesday September 20th from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.  Invitations will be sent out shortly.
The Awards night is an opportunity to honour those businesses which are promoting gender equity through the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Every organisation which enters the annual survey is eligible for one of the awards.  The New Zealand Work Research Institute, an Institute of AUT University, analyses the results of the survey and provides the WEPs community with a breakdown of the results.  Awards are made for excellence in implementing each of the seven principles and a supreme winner is also chosen by the judging panel.

The awards winners for 2015 were:
Principle 1 (Leadership promoting gender equality): Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Chapman Tripp
Principle 2 (Equal opportunity, inclusion and non-discrimination): Westpac New Zealand
Principle 3 (Health, safety and freedom from violence):Simpson Grierson
Principle 4 (Education and Training): Sovereign
Principle 5 (Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices): ANZ Bank New Zealand
Principle 6 (Community leadership and engagement): Bell Gully
Principle 7 (Transparency, measuring and reporting):Coca Cola Amatil New Zealand Ltd
Supreme Award Winner 2015: Coca Cola Amatil New Zealand Ltd 

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the 2016 award winners on the 20th.

WEPs chair Vicky Mee

Zonta District 16 have joined the UN WEPs New Zealand committee

 UN Women’s Committee, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Business and Professional Women, New Zealand, the Human Rights Commission and Diversity Works New Zealand (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) welcome Zonta District 16 to the committee which promotes and administers the WEPs in New Zealand.
We are pleased to have Zonta on board as a full partner and look forward to their ongoing involvement working for gender equity in the workplace.

 

Welcome to the new WEPs Administrator

Genevieve Brown (MBA), is the new WEPs administrator. These are very exciting times and I am very grateful to be the administrator of UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and to be given this opportunity to participate in improving the quality of life for women, men, family and communities.
Really looking forward to working with everyone and embracing this opportunity with both hands, to help make a more stable and better future for us all. I will do my absolute best for you and am always open to suggestions and there to answer any questions. Please feel free to email me on admin@weps.org.nz.
See you all at the White Camellia Awards 2016.

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