How we are promoting gender equality
When it comes to promoting gender equality, it starts with having the right strategy, targets, policies, and initiatives.
There are things we’re doing well, like having a diversity and inclusion policy and framework in place, promoting flexible working, offering additional parental leave entitlements, playing a lead role among Kiwi businesses to tackle family violence and reducing our gender pay gap in New Zealand from 4 percent to 2 percent this year.
But there are also areas where we can do better. The number of women at our senior leadership level has sat at around 30 percent over the past couple of years, and it’s not good enough.
To help address this, our Board has approved an aspirational target to increase the number of women in senior leadership to 50% by 2022. Selection decisions will continue to be made on merit, but setting targets are important to help drive change. We are committed to ongoing measurement to track progress and were among the first companies in New Zealand to sign up to the Champions for Change diversity reporting framework.
We have a real focus on gender balanced recruitment, flexibility, leadership development and addressing unconscious bias to help accelerate progress. Pay equity is another priority and we look forward to hosting the 2018 Equal Pay Awards in November as we continue the conversation, and concrete actions, to close the gap.
Throughout our Co-op, we have an amazing reservoir of untapped talent – both within our employee and our farmer base. We’re excited about what we can achieve together by fostering a truly inclusive environment where our people can be themselves and perform at their best.