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The EEO Trust

The Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust is a national body mandated by government to provide support to employers around the issue of equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace. 

The EEO Trust assists employers in introducing and managing proven EEO thinking and practices, encourages diversity by promoting the recruitment and development of people on the basis of merit and generates awareness of the business benefits and rewards of an inclusive workplace.

Based in Auckland, the EEO Trust works with employers around New Zealand providing the latest resources, ideas and information to support workplaces to achieve success through effectively managing diversity. The EEO Trust is resourced by fees from member organisations and Government contributions. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. 

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Our Diversity platforms 


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Does your organisation nurture women in the pipeline?

Six months after speaking at an EEO Trust Diversity Breakfast, Raelene Castle reinforces messages about the importance of encouraging women in the organisational talent pipeline. Keen to find out more? Come to our Aspiring Female Leaders event on 23rd October with business leader Anne Blackburn, this interactive workshop includes a professional styling session and a fantastic networking opportunity with drinks and canapés.  Find out more and register your interest. 

EEO Trust library and location

We have now moved our office to central premises

This is exciting for the team and brings many new opportunities with it, including a new and improved library space for our diversity reference collection and for you to come and use. Our fantastic new diversity library, is located on Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, and we look forward to welcoming  members who feel like dropping in to discuss diversity workplace initiaves. If you are an EEO member and do not yet have a library membership, email to recieve the benefits of membership to New Zealand's largest diversity library. 

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Poor literacy skills costing New Zealand business

International Literacy Day 2014 held on the 8th September highlights that across the globe there around 776 million adults that can't write their own name or read a line from a book. This is a basic right to education that richer countries like ours don't have to worry about, right?

Wrong. Internationally benchmarked (OECD - 2006) research shows that about 43% of the New Zealand adult population have less than optimal literacy skills and 51% have less than optimal numeracy skills for a knowledge-based economy. This problem is even more acute in Auckland. Particularly troubling is the high number who don’t have the reading, writing, maths and communication skills they need to be truly effective in the workplace. 

Read more on this story or visit our events page to find out more about training available to support your business. 

Unconscious age bias still alive and kicking

An unconscious age bias is still prevalent among a large number of companies, a recent survey conducted by the EEO Trust shows. The survey, conducted with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce reveals that in comparison to a similar survey conductred a year ago there has been minimal change, indicating the move towards a more age inclusive workplace will be a slow one. To read the full report click here.

EEO events coming soon 

Future Directors: Introduction to Corporate Governance

Empower - Jericho

Date: Thursday 25th September

Time: 10am-4.30pm

Venue: Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

Investment: EEO members $430 + GST Non Members $530 + GST

To book:

If you are a new director, currently seeking a directorship or you are positioning yourself for directorships in the future this seminar will provide you with essential guidance.

This one-day seminar is an introduction to corporate governance and is jointly organised by Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust.

Find out more and book here 

Empower: Aspiring Women Leaders  

Empower - Jericho

Date: Thursday 23rd October

Time: 1.00 - 6.30pm including networking event

Venue: Rendezvous Grand Hotel

Investment: EEO members $430 + GST Non Members $530 + GST

To book: 

Are you an employer that has women in your organisation who are potentials for your management pipeline? Are you a female professional seeking senior management roles and need some inspiration to help focus the mind to achieve your goals?

Our facilitator for this workshop is Anne Blackburn who has a background in banking, governance and strategic advice as well as being a professional director and consultant. Anne enjoyed early careers in journalism and diplomacy, and a diversion as a Treasury policy advisor. Her career has spanned both public and private sectors in New Zealand, the US and the UK, including the not for profit sector, where she currently holds governance positions.

Diversity Overview

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Date:Friday 31st  October

Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Investment: Complimentary   

Venue:Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD 

To Book:                                                                                    

This half-day workshop is free and aims to give you an overview about the benefits of practicing Diversity in the workplace, and how to address various topics and/or issues that can arise.  You will learn about cultural diversity, the benefits of working with your aged workers in a time of labour shortage, along with our younger workforce. Other diversity platforms will be covered using winning examples from our Diversity Awards that include, gender, lifestyle choices, religious beliefs, parental leave and more.

This session also includes an introduction to dealing with workplace bullying and harassment as well as the merits of workplace wellness initiatives.  You will also hear about unconscious bias and how to avoid it.

Our facilitator Skot Barnett will give you some tips to take away and get started. Skot also specialises in employment strategies for businesses to recruit and cultivate the skills of people from all groups. 

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2/9/14 - Announce that the video's of winners are now up on our website Facebook logo 20x20 twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

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