While most of New Zealand’s population of 4.5 million is of European descent (with the indigenous Maori being the largest minority at almost 15%), we have three official languages:
- Sign language
Among many of our accomplishments, New Zealand was the first country to allow women the vote. But not to be outdone, in 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world’s first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
New Zealand has the smallest wage gap between men and women (under 5%). While this is a great start, we realise that we still have a bit of work to do here!
Auckland is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities with the fourth most foreign-born population. With 39% of its population born overseas, the city is said to be more diverse than Sydney, Los Angeles, London and even New York.
Only Dubai and Brussels, where foreign-born residents outnumber local-born, and also Toronto, are ranked as cities with more overseas-born people than Auckland.
Doing business in New Zealand provides fertile ground for increasing workplace diversity, given our proud history of embracing change and promoting equality, which also extends to our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community, for example.
The Randstad Workmonitor research found that 73% of New Zealanders said they believe someone’s sexual orientation is not an issue in the workplace and only 9% of LGBT workers had faced discrimination at work in New Zealand, compared to the global average of 15%.
The research also revealed that most Kiwi workers believe New Zealand society is more tolerant of people with diverse backgrounds. Up to 78% of Kiwi workers believe their company has an open and inclusive culture and 88% value diversity in the workplace. This openness provides employers with the ideal platform from which to further develop diversity and leverage its benefits within their organisation.
We look forward to welcoming you in February 2018 to join us at #GSS2018 to celebrate the diversity within our industry as we go from Leader to Legacy in this Global Journey.