The Equal Pay Awards 2017

Minister Genter (MIDDLE) is pictured with auCKLAND YWCA CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MONICA BRIGGS (LEFT); and EY's Susan Doughty. 

Minister Genter (MIDDLE) is pictured with auCKLAND YWCA CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MONICA BRIGGS (LEFT); and EY's Susan Doughty. 

The Auckland YWCA's fourth annual Equal Pay Awards went off without a hitch, and drew in the biggest crowd to date.

Beverage company Lion and the Human Resources Director of law firm Simpson Grierson, Jo Copeland, emerged as the 2017 Gold winners. 

Auckland YWCA CEO and awards judge, Monica Briggs, said that the high calibre of entries in the Gold category made it impossible for the judges to pick just one winner. "We were very impressed with the level of internal communication, the desire to innovate and the visibility of Lion's CEO as an advocate for equal pay. Likewise, the personal commitment and drive shown by Jo Copeland at Simpson Grierson distinguishes her as a passionate campaigner for equal pay," 

The Silver winner was engineering company AECOM, who impressed the judges with their hiring policy of starting all new graduates on the same starting salary, and its strategic focus of encouraging more women into the industry.

International tourism firm Magic Memories claimed the Bronze category for their commitment to addressing equal pay in a short space of time.

Among the guest speakers on the night was the new Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter. “Employers honoured tonight are leading the way for all New Zealand employers who want to close the gender pay gap. We can all learn from their example and reap the benefits for people and business.”

See more at the NZ Equal Pay awards Facebook page.