By , Published 06th September, 2018.
Sovereign’s commitment to the professional development of women in the workplace has been recognised at the 2018 White Camellia Awards.
Government House in Auckland last night (September 4), the White Camellia
Awards celebrated organisational commitment to the Women’s Empowerment
Principles (WEPs), a UN Women and UN Global Compact initiative which encourages
gender equality in the workplace.
upheld as a leading organisation by taking out two awards: Principle 1 where
Leadership Promotes Gender Equality and Principle 7 for its Transparency,
Measuring and Reporting of gender equality.
Sovereign’s Board Chair, Theresa Gattung, says
the awards are a testament to Sovereign’s ongoing commitment to gender equality
in the workplace.
extremely proud to have snapped up these two awards. We believe strongly in
being transparent and sharing our commitment to diversity and encourage all
companies to be transparent about gender equality. I would also like to
acknowledge the work of Minister Julie Anne Genter who is leading the
Government’s initiative in this space.”
In addition, NZ
WEPs Committee Chair, Vicky Mee, said Sovereign had been doing “great work to
empower women by ensuring women progress into leadership roles and that
comprehensive talent identification, support and training opportunities are in
place for staff at all levels”.
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy highlights diversity in leadership which
includes a goal of 50 per cent women in manager and above level roles.
Sovereign achieved 50 per cent in senior leadership positions in 2016 and has
maintained this since. Sovereign has more than 50 per cent in senior leadership
positions and 33 per cent female representation on its Board of Directors.
Over the last
year, Sovereign has run a number of women’s empowerment events across the
country for employees, partners and financial advisers. These have included
networking and speeches from Sovereign leaders, its charity partners and other
women connected to Sovereign. Sovereign also promotes its commitment to gender
equality through its Corporate
Social Responsibility Report.
proud to offer its employees a number of benefits including a Return to Work
payment for Primary Caregivers, additional leave in the first year of return
from parental leave, and paid leave for Secondary Caregivers. Since July
2018 when Sovereign was acquired by AIA Group, the commitment to gender
equality has continued with the introduction of Domestic Violence Leave and
additional paid leave for Secondary Caregivers.
Camellia Awards stakeholders include New Zealand’s UN Women Committee, the
Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, the Human Rights Commission, and the
Federation of Business and Professional Women New Zealand.
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ABOUT THE UN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
- Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human
rights and non-discrimination;
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men
- Promote education, training and professional development for women;
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing
practices that empower women;
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
information visit: unwomen.org.nz/womens-empowerment-principles