Lion New Zealand is one of six foundation companies to be awarded a Gender Tick – the world’s first mark for companies committed to giving women a fair go at work. In October 2018, the YWCA Auckland in partnership with Mosaik Ltd. announced the launch of Gender Tick, the mark of workplaces that provide a fair environment for all employees, regardless of gender.

Lion joins five other large New Zealand employers as a foundation member of the Gender Tick, including Air New Zealand, Auckland Council, Coca Cola Amatil, Fonterra and SKYCITY. These firms collectively represent more than 45,000 employees and their participation highlights their individual commitment to a high performing workplace culture.

Rory Glass, Managing Director Lion NZ, said:

“Lion is committed to championing sociability and encouraging people to live well. To do this we need to ensure our people come to work each day feeling valued and supported to succeed and live well, both in their work environment and their broader lives. Fostering an inclusive and diverse company culture which reflects the world we live in is a major part of this. Gaining Gender Tick accreditation is an honour and supports us on our journey to becoming a fully inclusive and equal company, including achieving our 50:50 gender goal by 2026.”

The programme assesses organisations across five key indicators including gender inclusive culture, flexibility and leave, women in leadership, gender pay equality and ensuring a safe workplace. Membership is reviewed through an evaluation eighteen months after it is conferred, and companies can access research on international best practice for gender-equal workplaces through their member logins.

YWCA Auckland Business Development Manager, Debbie Burrows said:

“Companies kept asking us if what they were doing was ‘right’ and so many wanted to know how they could improve in issues like parental leave, sabbaticals and flexible working. This proved that there was a real need for a programme that independently validates people policies and processes with regard to gender. The outcome that these businesses wanted was a healthy workplace culture; and addressing gender-equality has significant benefits for their workforce.”