After many years of being based in the James & Wells building in Ellerslie, we have now moved our office to new premises in Auckland City.
This is an exciting move for the team and brings many new opportunities with it, including a new and improved library space for our diversity reference collection. We are still in the process of sorting out our fantastic new diversity library, at Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, but look forward welcoming any members who feel like dropping in to discuss diversity workplace initiaves.
We are really excited about this new space and pictures will be posted soon!
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.
In the last week the YWCA has written an open letter, addressing the lack of pay equality between men and women. This issue which affects around 50% of the population has been put into more real terms with links to the $10 note; for every $10 a man earns, women on average earn $9.
To read the YWCA's letter to Graeme Wheeler, click here.
There are a number of businesses going to great lengths to ensure successful programmes are implemented that not only ensure gender equality but facilitate flexibility for women in the workplace. Businesses, like these, who entered our empowerment category will be celebrated, along with finalists in the other seven categories, at the EEO Trust's diversity awards evening at the end of this month.
For the 17th year in a row the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is once again excited by the entries that have come flooding in from organisations across New Zealand, keen to have their workplace diversity successes recognised and celebrated.
EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie, says that the number and quality of entries this year is a positive reflection of how the diversity landscape has changed and become a more accepted part of the business environment.
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.