The YWCA of Auckland are well established pioneers for equal pay. in 2014 they launched the New Zealand Equal Pay Awards, the same year campaigning for equal pay by creating a $9 note to highlight pay inequality in New Zealand. In an open letter to the Governor of the Reserve Bank, YWCA asked Graeme Wheeler to remove Sheppard from the $10 and replace her with a 'more fitting' man.
Recently, they went a step further, collaborating with Mosaik Ltd to launch The Gender Tick, an accreditation programme for businesses to show their commitment to providing a fair workplace for all employees regardless of gender.
The programme is a first for New Zealand and enables businesses to show their commitment to providing a fair workplace for all employees regardless of gender. The programme assesses organisations across five key indicators including gender inclusive culture, flexibility and leave, women in leadership, gender pay equality and ensuring a safe workplace.
YWCA Auckland Business Development Manager, Debbie Burrows says that the idea for the Gender Tick came from the insights and shared experiences of Equal Pay Award entrants. “Companies kept asking us if what they were doing was ‘right’ and so many wanted to know how they could improve in issues like parental leave, sabbaticals and flexible working. This proved that there was a real need for a programme that independently validates people policies and processes with regard to gender. The outcome that these businesses wanted was a healthy workplace culture; and addressing gender-equality has significant benefits for their workforce.”
The Gender Tick already has six of New Zealand's largest employers on board as foundation members and are working through the accreditation process. Air New Zealand, Auckland Council, Coca-Cola Amatil, Fonterra, Lion and SkyCity collectively represent more than 45,000 employees.
Susan Doughty, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Fonterra says “The Gender Tick is a fantastic initiative because it promotes the importance of gender equality for business and society, and helps keep organisations accountable. By working together, we can help drive New Zealand forward to become a more inclusive and diverse place to live and work”.
To find out more, visit www.gendertick.com.