Coca-Cola Amatil and the Rainbow Tick a match made in heaven

On September 2nd last year, Coca-Cola Amatil was the first FMCG company to be awarded the Rainbow Tick accreditation, a process which determines an organisations approach to Diversity and Inclusivity.

On September 2nd last year, Coca-Cola Amatil was the first FMCG company to be awarded the Rainbow Tick accreditation (a process which determines an organisations approach to Diversity and Inclusivity – you can read more here). To celebrate this milestone members of the CCANZ CoDE (Champions of Diversity and Equality) team were invited to the inaugural Rainbow Tick breakfast, where accredited companies can come together to share their stories, celebrate their successes and plan for the future.

“The breakfast provides some of New Zealand’s biggest brands the opportunity to network and support each other in becoming more inclusive work places. Significant discussions are held on how workplaces can encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work, breaking down stereotypes and stigma associated with gender identity and sexuality,” says Michael Stevens from Rainbow Tick.

Since gaining our accreditation, CCANZ has continued to drive change, understanding and influence regarding Diversity and Inclusivity. Areas of specific focus regarding the Rainbow Tick accreditation include:

  • Enhancements of our Policies and ‘people practices’ with a particular focus on members of the LGBTTI community
  • Providing appropriate avenues and, where appropriate, professional support for employees to speak out against bullying and harassment
  • Providing training to managers on inclusive language and awareness
  • A Coca-Cola world first, with an official entry in the 2015 Pride Parade
  • Proudly flying the Rainbow Tick flag at our manufacturing site as a daily reminder to our people of our approach to Diversity and Inclusivity

“Looking back on our achievements over the past year fills me with a great amount of Pride, but also highlights areas where we can improve,” says Martin King, General Manager of Human Resources at Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand.

“Implementing change, shifting perspectives and encouraging open conversations can be a tricky thing for an organisation the size of ours. Thankfully, we have a remarkable team who want to change the way we operate and our approach to Diversity and Inclusivity. Then when you combine our insights with those from other accredited members like Simpson Grierson, ASB, ANZ, Westpac and Sky City the sky really is the limit.”

2016 will bring with it more exciting opportunities for us, including being involved in the 2016 Pride Parade….So watch this space.