May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Genesis Energy CPO: ‘How do we drive a business that’s truly inclusive?’

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Genesis Energy has welcomed the creation of its inaugural Inclusion Council to spearhead D&I within the company (Source: BY Jess Bell)

The volunteer group of 15 employees was formed in June last year with the aim of driving initiatives from the ground up.

HRD spoke to chief people officer Nicola Richardson about the importance of creating a workplace where every employee feels truly welcome.

“If we want to come up with the best ideas for our customers, we want everybody to have a voice and bring their ideas to the table,” she said. “To bring those ideas, you have to feel comfortable, respected and that you’re going to be included in having your say.

“That’s how we can bring true diversity of thought together.”

Genesis has long been involved in diversity initiatives thanks to CEO Marc England’s work as a Champion of Change.

The nationwide initiative brings together leading CEOs and Chairs to individually and collectively advance D&I in New Zealand.

It includes commitments to report gender and ethnicity measures, create inclusive workplaces, support inclusive recruitment practices and drive cultural change.

As a country, New Zealand is known for its rich culture and diversity.

In 2020, Kiwis elected their most diverse government yet, becoming an emblem for other countries around the globe.

But while the state sector has seen a rise in representation among Māori and ethnic communities, there is still work to be done within the private sector.

Diversity Works NZ’ 2020 Aotearoa State of Workplace Inclusion report noted a 21% increase in the number of top 100 companies with visible diversity policies.

But it warned the lack of diversity progress indicates some of these policies may be purely ‘tick box’ exercises, rather than genuine measures to bring about change.

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