Equal Employment Opportunities Trust
Wellington: Ministry of Women's Affairs
Case Studies
Area of focus: 
New Zealand

This research, commissioned by the Ministry of Women's Affairs, interviewed senior staff at six major New Zealand companies, across a range of sectors, to determine what measures they were taking to achieve gender diversity in their senior management. Companies were driving change primarily through concerns about attracting and retaining the best talent. All organisations were tracking gender employment data, and senior staff at each company agreed that visible leadership at the top level, and accountability for creating inclusive cultures, were necessary to effect change.

A variety of strategies and practices are discussed, including flexible working arrangements, setting targets, visible role models, career break policies, awareness raising, pay equity, and mentoring amongst many others. The report's introduction summarises the benefits of gender diversity on investor perceptions.