Equal Pay Awards 2018 Winners Announced
Five of New Zealand’s leading businesses and one outstanding individual
have been named as the winners of the fifth annual Equal Pay Awards tonight, alongside proud sponsors; AUT, Coca-Cola
Amatil NZ and SKYCITY Entertainment Group.
Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Vodafone and the former Equal
Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue have been recognised as
champions of equal pay in the 2018 YWCA Equal Pay Awards. The new Human Rights Commissioner, Dr
Karanina Sumeo, acknowledged their work and that of other finalists in her
keynote address which outlined the Commission’s work to ensure fair treatment
for all New Zealanders at work and in everyday life.
Saunoamaali’I Dr Karanina Sumeo, the
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission said
while we needed to reflect critically on why systemic inequality still existed for
women in the workforce, many businesses were committed to changing the status
“It is great to see so many businesses
taking bold action to end gender inequality. They are setting an example for
other New Zealand businesses of what can be achieved when businesses recognise
their responsibilities to uphold the basic human right to equal pay for equal
work,” she said.
The Supreme Award was won by Vodafone
New Zealand who also took out the Leadership
Award. Vodafone New Zealand’s Human Resources Director, Antony Welton said
his team were “beyond ecstatic to receive this award as acknowledgment of our
leadership in Equal Pay”.
He said that their company believes
that creating a more gender inclusive workplace and championing equal pay will
benefit all New Zealanders. “Our ambition is to be the best employer of women
by 2025, and to help us achieve this we are focused on gender balance and on
pay that is free from discrimination as the foundations of equal pay for women”
The judging panel were very impressed
with Vodafone’s excellent improvement in return to work statistics
through their Re:Connect initiative which the judges described as very
They described their
award entry as a coherent and clearly described set of actions and activities
that looks at leadership both internally to the organisation and externally
through a wide range of campaigns.
YWCA Auckland Acting Chief Executive,
Kat Doughty says that expanding the award categories in 2018 has encouraged
more companies to enter and has also seen many companies enter for the first
time. “The diversity of sectors and
organisation size represented this year shows that New Zealand employers
recognise that a commitment to equal pay is a critical advantage for retaining
and recruiting female staff and for ensuring a more inclusive workplace culture
for all ” she says.
The Champion Award which recognises an
outstanding individual driving equal pay in an organisation was awarded to, Dr Jackie Blue. In 2018 she represented New Zealand at the United
Nations CEDAW (the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women)
calling for the NZ Government to step up its work to address the
marginalisation of women in the workforce and incorporate the principle of
equal pay for equal value in legislation.
Dr Blue also fronted the Human Rights commission
$600K Gap Campaign which highlighted that women earn $600,000 less on average
than their male counterparts over their working life. The judges described Dr
Blue as having been instrumental in driving positive change for women in her role
as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.
The Innovation Award was won by Guardians
of NZ Superannuation with the judges commenting that the
evidence of the Crown Entity’s redesigned leave and benefits programme speaks
for itself. Staff described this as a progressive and thoughtful package in
keeping with the approach of the whole organisation towards addressing their
gender imbalance and their everyday employee experience.
won the Community Award for
publicly demonstrating their commitment to pay equity - using their role as a
museum and cultural influencer to spark debate through their Suffrage 125
exhibition "Are We There Yet?". Their entry data indicates strong
employee loyalty and the positive impact of pay equity initiatives in the working
showed a comprehensive approach to changing workplace attitudes about gender
and pay. They won the On The Journey
Award with judges applauding their education and
coaching of team leaders around unconscious bias, salary negotiation,
consideration of individuals, paying for value and the size of the role.
Equal pay was also shown to power
staff engagement and retention at Meridian
Energy whose annual reporting and award entry impressed the judges of the Progressive Award. They loved
the open visibility of the company’s equal pay journey via stories on the
intranet and their entry provided strong evidence of the link between pay
equity, staff engagement and financial performance.
On 3 September 2018, Statistics NZ announced
that the official gender pay gap was 9.2 percent.
This is the
second-smallest gap since the series began 20 years ago. In comparison, the
gender pay gap was 9.1 percent in 2012 (the lowest on record) and 9.4 percent
last year. While the gap has closed over the past 20 years, on average women in
New Zealand are still paid less for an hour’s work than men.
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interview opportunities, please contact:
Communications Advisor, YWCA
Equal Pay Awards
+64 21 466 907
Notes to Editors:
THE YWCA EQUAL PAY AWARDS, JUDGES AND FINALISTS
Award celebrates innovative responses to addressing the equal pay gap. The judges are senior business leader Rob
Campbell, Professor of Economics at AUT University, Gail Pacheco and Chair of
The Mind Lab, Frances Valintine.
Finalists: Real Journeys and NZ Super
The Community Award
acknowledges that profit-for-purpose or not-for-profit organisations have
unique pay challenges compared to the private sector. The judges were Chief
Executive of Philanthropy New Zealand, Tony Paine with REMNET Chairperson,
Kathryn Greene, and YWCA Auckland President, Andrea Vujnovich.
Finalists: Youthline and Auckland
The On The Journey Award
recognises a milestone achievement by an organisation, which has just begun to
embark on its equal pay journey. The judges were General Manager – Northern
Consulting, Strategic Pay, Michelle Gapes, Chief People Officer at Air New
Zealand, Jodie King and co-founder of My Food Bag, Theresa Gattung.
Finalists: KPMG, Opus and Genesis Energy (WINNER)
The Progressive Award
recognises organisations who have demonstrated commitment to Equal Pay and
continue to make sustained advances and improvements to address the issue. The judges are CEO of the Institute of Directors, Kirsten (KP) Patterson, General Manager of People and Culture at Coca
Cola Amatil, Susan Lowe and
General Manager of Human Resources at Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Jo Copeland.
Finalists: Air NZ, Auckland Council, Meridian Energy (WINNER)
The Leadership Award
celebrates companies who understand the benefits of workplace gender equality
and are leading the way for others to follow. The judging panel is human
resources expert, Dr Keith Macky, Director at South Pacific Pride Ltd, Martin
King, and Claire Walker, Group General Manager of Human Resources at SKYCITY
Finalists: Auckland Museum, Air NZ, Fonterra and Vodafone (WINNER)
The 2018 Champion Award
recognises an outstanding individual driving equal pay in an
organisation. The judges were Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women, Renee
Graham with Dellwyn Stuart of the Auckland Foundation’s Women’s Fund and ANZLF
Indigenous Business Co-Chair, Traci Houpapa.
Finalists: Nicola Richardson, Genesis Energy. Susan Doughty, Fonterra.
Jo Cribb, #justask. Dr Jackie Blue, former HR Commissioner. (WINNER)