Building Diverse & Inclusive Agencies - a step in the right direction

Posted 25 September 2018.

​On Wednesday 19th September, the Comms Council in partnership with Diversity Works New Zealand hosted a breakfast speaker event, Building Diverse & Inclusive Agencies: Beyond the Buzzwords and into Best Practice.

Over 60 agency representatives were in attendance, which demonstrates that the industry is eager to pursue best practice in diversity and inclusion.

Rachel Hopkins, CEO, Diversity Works New Zealand opened the event with a nod to the suffragettes on the 125th Anniversary of NZ women winning the right to vote. She also shared that diversity is becoming more important in the workplace than ever before in terms of the creative and commercial impact that it has on businesses.

Charlotte Downes, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Air New Zealand focused on gender diversity and the progress that Air New Zealand has made in this area. She touched on the systemic policy changes that need to be made for an organisation to be truly inclusive.

Mark Carrick, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Bank of New Zealand shared their philosophy on diversity as multi-faceted, going beyond gender or ethnicity alone and looking at all the influences that make up a person’s identity. He also highlighted some hidden challenges and considerations that businesses may face as they become more diverse and inclusive.

Jim Moser, CEO, Clemenger Group shared the journey that they have been on towards diversity and inclusion. He outlined few practical examples of targets and goals that Clemenger have established and the progress they’ve made towards them. Jim also named a few organisations and qualifications that agencies can partner with to help them in the process.

Paul Head, CEO Comms Council closed the event with a call to arms and a reminder that the Comms Council have a mandate for all member agencies to put an Inclusiveness & Diversity Policy in place by the end of 2018.

Attendees walked away with practical tips and tools to take back and implement in their agencies.