diversity & inclusion
Building a better business through diversity & inclusion
Encouraging and embracing diversity and inclusion is part of our commitment to making Vector an even better, more inspiring place to work.
We recognise that for our people to thrive and for their creativity to shine, we must offer a workplace culture in which people feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work.
Our success at the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (now known as Diversity Works NZ) 2015 Diversity Awards, as the winners of the Tomorrow's Workforce and overall Supreme award, has increased momentum across our business and brought our journey to life.
Greater diversity of thought allows us to harness a broader and richer range of ideas, insights and perspectives to better understand and serve the needs of our customers. It is why we are committed to ensuring that over time our employee group more closely reflects the demographics of New Zealand society – without this we will never achieve our vision of creating a new energy future.
Our passion for diversity and inclusion can be seen right throughout our organisation, starting at the top with the support of our Board of Directors. We are proud of our strong governance structure, which is driven by our Diversity Council, led by our Chief Executive and members of our leadership team.
With our people at the heart of our business, our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is made up of volunteers from across the country, working together as active ambassadors who champion a range of initiatives.
You can learn more about our approach by taking a look at Vector's Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Education for our people – including diversity and inclusion e-learning, opportunities for employees to participate in the ‘Te Whakaterehia Maori Acceleration Programme, and the delivery of unconscious bias training
Achieving Rainbow Tick certification in 2016 – received in recognition of the fact that we demonstrate we understand, value and welcome sexual and gender diversity
Building an inclusive and safe workplace environment – as well as the Rainbow Tick, we hosted ex-military officer Dr Harold Hilman to talk about the importance of authenticity in the workplace
Exploring the importance of diversity for strong business importance and governance – we hosted a panel debate session involving a number of NZ directors
Sponsoring Lieutenant General David Morrison, Australian of the Year 2016 – we hosted a session exploring the importance of gender equality, diversity and inclusion in leadership
Supporting single parents and parents returning to work – through networks, coaching and teenager relationship workshops
Celebrating culture and showcasing pride – events throughout the year build awareness cultural awareness and help us to connect with one another