Commission becomes first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick

Commission becomes first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick

September 15, 2016

The Human Rights Commission has today become the first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick and has been assessed as meeting the NZ Standard for gender and sexual diversity in employment.

Manager of Special Projects for the Commission Dr Jill Chrisp says, “We’re really proud to be recognised for our efforts to be a welcoming and inclusive work place. It is especially significant to be the first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick.”

Commissioner Richard Tankersley says, “All organisations have a unique opportunity to drive positive social change and create innovative working spaces that are inclusive to gender and sexually diverse people. We would absolutely encourage others to consider seeking accreditation.”

There is a strong business case for creating an inclusive workplace. Organisations are more likely to attract high quality applicants, retain their staff, have increased employee productivity, and enhance their brand.

“Overwhelmingly, taking this sort of action makes organisations a more attractive option for not only the LGBTI community, but all potential employees,” Dr Chrisp says.

“While seeking accreditation requires some resource and or commitment to review organisational policies and processes, the benefits of providing a workplace where all employees feel safe and welcomed far outweigh any costs.”

All organisations can seek accreditation as compliant with the NZ Standard for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Employment and the Rainbow Tick. As well as undertaking audits, Rainbow Tick also offers policy development, training and general support and advice.

The Commission joins a number of businesses who have already achieved the Tick including Westpac, ASB, Fletcher Building, Coca-Cola Amatil, KPMG, Microsoft, PWC, Simpson Grierson, AUT, Sovereign, Publicis Loyalty, Sky City, Repromed and Russel McVeagh.

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