Earlier this year Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand was announced as the first New Zealand company to receive the Rainbow Tick; a new accreditation that recognises the value placed on diversity and inclusion. 3 News reports on the Rainbow Tick programme and interviews Martin King, CCANZ's General Manager of Human Resources.
Earlier this year Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand was announced as the first New Zealand company to receive the Rainbow Tick; a new accreditation that recognises the value placed on diversity and inclusion.
'Rainbow Tick' for employers supporting LGBT employees
By Dan Lake
14 July 2014
Research shows that employees who are happier at work work more productively. So a programme called the Rainbow Tick has been launched, rewarding employers who support workers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Diverse sexual orientation in the workplace obviously isn't a new thing, but one of the first companies to sign up to the new Rainbow Tick programme says we have come a long way in the 28 years since homosexuality became legal in New Zealand.
"It's an opportunity for organisations to come out, if you like," says Martin King of Coca-Cola Amatil. "It's been long enough. The time has come."
International studies have shown if a person is happy and comfortable in the workplace, their productivity increases too. So for some companies, signing on to Rainbow Tick was also a business decision.
To earn the Rainbow Tick, companies must show their policies specifically mention the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex communities. They must have procedures in place to handle cases of harassment, adequate staff support and show they engage with the community outside of the workplace – for example, sponsoring an LGBT charity or event.
Getting the Rainbow Tick isn't free, and the organisation says you don't get the tick simply by paying the fee.
"In order to get the tick you need to do more than ticking the boxes; you need to be living this," says Rainbow Tick programme director Michael Stevens.
In a recent survey, SkyCity gave staff the option to identify themselves as being a part of the LGBT community and they made some pretty major changes to their workplace as a result of the feedback.
"We had a customer who was transitioning from male to female, so as part of a renovation we had a toilet built that they could use to feel comfortable at work," says Grainne Troute of SkyCity Group.
Rainbow Tick launched in Auckland in February and has so far helped companies like Coca-Cola, SkyCity and ASB Bank improve the workplace experience for LGBT staff. It launches in Wellington at the end of this month.
- 3 News