Kiwibank has become New Zealand’s first bank to receive the Gender Tick accreditation.
The Gender Tick accreditation was developed for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in their workplace. For its part, Kiwibank was awarded the accreditation for its work towards putting a gender lens over all its policies, processes and strategy. It developed robust policies and procedures to prevent harassment, encourage flexible work, leave practices, and develop talent. It is also looking at women’s representation in leadership roles, and the issues of equal pay.
Kiwibank said it is committed and is fully behind the goal to have a workforce and board made up of 40% female and 40% male. The final 20% includes those who don’t identify as binary in terms of gender.
“The process for getting the Gender Tick has been hugely useful,” Kiwibank chief executive Steve Jurkovich said. “We aim to make Kiwis better off and we do that in our workplace by having an inclusive culture that leverages our people’s unique backgrounds, qualities, and contributions.
“Not only is gender equality in the workplace important, but it is the right thing to do. The added bonus is it positively impacts on wellbeing, productivity and innovation, all of which we highly value,” he noted.
Read more: Kiwibank reveals the next big thing in fintech by Krizzel Canlas
Meanwhile, Gender Tick director assessor Dr Kaisa Wilson said they were impressed with Kiwibank’s work on ensuring they eliminate any gender pay gap in their organisation.
“They are a great example of how a strong commitment to equality at all levels of the organisation means swift and decisive action can be taken to ensure women are paid the same as men for the same work – as it should be in all workplaces,” Wilson added.