Fairfax Media NZ is one of 44 New Zealand companies that have voluntarily committed to a new diversity reporting framework as part of the Champions for Change initiative.
The commitment by Champions for Change will see companies reporting on gender and ethnicity representation within the workforce and across boards, with a spotlight on leadership pipelines over the next two years.
Andrew Boyle, Fairfax Media NZ acting managing director, says: “As a media organisation we wholeheartedly recognise and embrace the need for diversity, equality and fairness within our organisation in order to provide the diversity in our journalism required to best serve New Zealanders.
“We are a purpose-driven business, aiming to help Kiwis connect and thrive in their communities. To us it’s a natural fit to ensure we fulfil that purpose with our internal community, and the evidence overwhelmingly shows that to really achieve that we must be real about our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness for our staff.”
Andrew says that the business’ focus is now on analysing current data to get a clear view of what is available, and to ensure everything needed is captured. With this knowledge, attention will turn to the steps that can be put in place for making positive change in the workplace.
Fairfax Media NZ champions several programmes aimed at promoting diversity in the workplace, including employing staff through the Creative Spirit programme which helps employ people with disabilities. It also runs a unique coffee co-op in its Auckland office staffed by people with hearing impairments, requiring sign language be used by patrons.
Find out more about the diversity reporting framework at championsforchange.nz