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.
Kia ora whanau,
This Week we celebrate Te wiki o te reo Maori (The Maori Language Week)
This is the time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo maori (the maori language) especially as it is the national language of our nation but also one of many languages spoken in New Zealand today. Look out for proverbs being posted on our page throughout this week.
Te reo Maori proverb for the day:
Investment: FREE for EEO Trust members, $25 + GST for non-members
Our Diversity Group Meetings (DGM’s) are a great opportunity for other members to learn first-hand what a successful workplace diversity programme or initiative looks like, hearing from those who are more progressed in their diversity journey and previous Diversity Awards winners.
This time we are joined by the Supreme Award winners from the ANZ and EEO Trust Diversity Awards NZ 2013, the New Zealand Defence Force’s Over Watch Programme. The NZDF invests time and resources into ensuring employees of all sexualities and gender identities get plenty of support and understanding throughout their armed forces career. Squadron Leader Stu Pearce, Chair of OverWatch will share with us what a difference the programme has made and how the Defence Force understands the importance of providing guidance and support to each of its personnel so they can be at their best all of the time.
Earlier this year, the results of our Diversity Survey identified ageing as a top diversity concern for over half of you with almost two thirds of organisations seeming unprepared to manage or support an ageing workforce.
The EEO Trust is carrying out this survey in collaboration with the New Zealand Work Research Institute to help us better understand attitudes and stereotypes that impact on older workers and organisations; organisational preparedness for an ageing workforce; strategy and HR practice in relation to older workers; and business benefits and ideas for enhancing the positive engagement of older workers.
If you can spare 10-15 minutes to take part in this critical benchmarking exercise, please click here. Thank you.
On 1 July 2014, the EEO Trust once again participated in AUT’s Shadow a Leader programme providing specially selected Year 13 secondary students and AUT tertiary students the chance to experience what it’s like at the coalface of business and leadership in several Auckland organisations.
Three students joined EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie for the day, which included a visit to EEO Trust members ASB to meet CEO Barbara Chapman and to Coca Cola Amatil New Zealand’s HQ and meeting some of their executive team as well as getting a guided tour around the manufacturing plant.
St. Cuthbert’s student Isabella MacDiarmid who is hoping to study Commerce and Law at University next year, was delighted to be put forward for the programme and feels it was a real eye opener. “It made me think about another side to business that I had not previously considered, the people side of business.”
AUT final year student Shannon Curreen says that the day was particularly beneficial given that she will soon be embarking on her HR Management internship with Sovereign. “This experience has increased my awareness of diversity practice in business and how it impacts the workforce. It has been an invaluable opportunity for me to put the theory that I am learning as part of my course into context in a real life scenario.”
To find out more about the next Shadow a Leader for 2015 visit www.aut.ac.nz/business
The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is the proud operator of the largest diversity library in New Zealand with over 5000+ titles. Our library is being constantly updated with popular titles such as Lean in and the Loudest Duck, being recent additions. As well as having access to such a wide range of titles, borrowing a book could not be easier, click here to browse and borrow and we will send your chosen book direct to your desk. If you have any further enquiries, or would like to get a library card, please email us at email@example.com, we'd love to help you utilise this fantastic resource.
Borrowing is one of the membership benefits of the EEO Trust, and if you are not currently a member and are interested in becoming one, click here to find out more about being a member of the EEO Trust and all the benefits it provides.