Human Rights Commission congratulates White Camellia Award Winners

Human Rights Commission congratulates White Camellia Award Winners

September 18, 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated New Zealand companies who have been recognised in this year’s White Camellia Awards.

"Women’s rights are human rights and we congratulate Kiwi businesses who are taking responsibility and showing leadership in gender equity," said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue.

"The White Camellia Awards recognise organisations demonstrating excellence in gender equality through commitment to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles."

"Gender equity isn’t just good for human rights, it’s good for business. Diversity provides new perspectives and drives innovation. This is not about political correctness this is about competitive edge."

Dr Blue says more organisations need to follow the leadership of this year’s White Camellia Award winners Coca Cola Amatil (supreme winner), Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Chapman Tripp, Westpac, Simpson Grierson, Sovereign, ANZ and Bell Gully.

"Kate Sheppard said we ‘must be ourselves at all risk’ and her words ring true more than a century later," said Dr Blue.

"Instead of New Zealand women having to adapt to corporate culture - corporate culture has to adapt to New Zealand women. We commend those corporates who are demonstrating business excellence and leading cultural change."

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