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YWCA Equal Pay Awards sanctions 20 fair employers

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The recent YWCA Equal Pay Awards had much to celebrate this month, as the Minister for Women, the Hon. Louise Upston, handed out gongs to Supreme winners ANZ, Gold winners Simpson Grierson, Silver winners Youthtown and Bronze winners Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, for outstanding best practice in equal pay.

“Tonight, it has been my privilege to congratulate all winners and finalists of the third annual YWCA Equal Pay Awards. As Minister for Women, I am a huge supporter of initiatives that invite businesses to share best practice in workplace diversity” says Upston.

“I would encourage more employers to take up these practices so that equal pay becomes more embedded in our working culture.”

“Until women have equal rights, equal choice, equal opportunities, equal expectations and are valued equally, our work will continue.”

It was a new addition to the Awards this year however, that saw even more Kiwi organisations acknowledged for their efforts to be fair employers.

The YWCA Equal Pay Best Practice Compact was accredited to 20 New Zealand organisations, awarded by judges for effectively demonstrating they are on the equal journey. The year-long Compact expires in 12 months and can be reinstated by entering the next YWCA Equal Pay Awards in 2017.

It creates an entry-level platform for businesses addressing equal pay, who may not feel ready to enter the full Awards, while finalists and winners automatically receive a Compact.

“The Compact is an excellent tool for employers to go public about their commitment to equal pay and gender diversity. A business can use the Compact to promote themselves as an employer of choice on websites, via social responsibility platforms, recruitment channels and in other awards entries.” says Monica Briggs, YWCA Auckland Chief Executive.

“Equal pay has become a highly visible issue for all New Zealanders. For those organisations not declaring their equal pay status, their silence is deafening.

“Businesses who qualify for the Compact will immediately be more attractive to female talent and we think this could be hugely motivating for others to follow suit,” she concludes.

This year, the YWCA Equal Pay Best Practice Compact was awarded to the following organisations:

  1.  ANZ (also Supreme winners)
  2.  AMP
  3. Auckland Council
  4. Bell Gully
  5. Coca-Cola Amatil NZ
  6. DDB NZ
  7. Department of Corrections
  8. Duncan Cotterall
  9. EY (Ernst & Young)
  10. Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (also won Bronze)
  11. Jacobs
  12. McDonald’s Restaurant NZ Ltd
  13. New Zealand Police
  14. Russell McVeagh
  15. Simpson Grierson (also won Gold)
  16. Sovereign (Sovereign Services Limited)
  17. Spark
  18. SKYCITY Entertainment Group
  19. Sysdoc
  20. Youthtown Inc. (also won Silver)

More information about the event can be found here: 

YWCA FINAL-Inforgraphic 2016



Bronze winners NZ Super Gold winner Simpson Grierson Jo Copeland Silver winners Youthtown