Integrate human rights into your business practices

Specific advice for the business practices of Crown Entities

The Human Rights Commission’s monitoring of Crown entities to see how well they are doing as good employers and in reporting equal employment opportunities has shown that many have responded positively to the challenge – but has also revealed gaps in some areas.

The Commission assessed the annual reports of Crown entities and produced a report against clear criteria, looking for references to being a good employer, EEO, and what actions they had taken on the seven key elements of being a good employer. These elements are:

  • Leadership, accountability and culture
  • Recruitment, selection and induction
  • Employee development, promotion and exit
  • Flexibility and work design
  • Remuneration, recognition and conditions
  • Harassment and bullying prevention
  • Safe and healthy environment.

Legislation

Under the Crown Entities Act 2004, Crown entities are required to be ‘good employers’. To learn about this legislation visit the the EEO rights page.

Why be a 'good employer'?

There are many reasons why an organisation would want to be a ‘good employer’ and provide equal employment opportunities for all staff. The most important reason is that it is the fair and reasonable thing to do. Other reasons include to:

  • Attract and retain employees
  • Improve productivity and innovation and utilise the talent, creativity and energy of employees
  • Meet the needs of diverse customers, clients and members of the public
  • Diversify business management style
  • Improve organisational reputation
  • Ensure legal compliance and reduce risk.

To read a more detailed breakdown follow this link.

What is a 'good employer'

The following sources provide guidance and descriptions of a 'good employer'.

  • Case law
  • Exceptional workplaces
  • Equal employment opportunities
  • Layers of diversity

To read a more detailed breakdown follow this link.

How to be a 'good employer'

A ‘good employer’ is an organisation that provides and supports an environment where employees feel valued and respected, where difference is celebrated and diversity encouraged, where there is active staff engagement, transparency on policies and procedures, clear complaints procedures, and regular feedback. The ‘good employer’ makes maximum use of skills and strengths of all staff but has special regard for those groups most commonly overlooked - Māori, women, ethnic or minority groups, and people with disabilities.

The links below provide detailed and practical information on how to be a 'good employer':

Statement of Intent

Being a ‘good employer’ is vital to ensuring that an organisation can deliver on its stated outcomes and can manage for results. This link offers practical guidance on how the 'good employer' intentions can be included in the Statement of Intent.

The Good Employer Plan or Report

The Crown Entities Act requires a Crown entity to make its policies that comply with the principle of being a ‘good employer’ and its equal employment opportunities programme available to its employees. Follow the link for examples of a 'good employer' plan and a 'good employer' report.

Annual Report

Treasury has developed guidance for Crown entities on compiling Annual Report and Statements of Intent.