Joe2How can employers capitalise on diversity?

Why is diversity a business issue?

What are the business benefits?


Toolkits and assistance

Go to Diversity toolkits for a range of tools and resources developed to help employers capitalise on New Zealand's diverse workforce. Our library can suggest resources that may be useful for specific diversity issues.

Case studies

More than 100 case studies tell the stories of employers who are taking innovative approaches to accessing the skills, creativity and intelligence of their diverse workforces. Search all the case studies or go straight to the selected stories below.

Adding value to the New Zealand economy Migrants are increasingly important to the New Zealand economy. ASB values their specialist skills.

ANZ National - Seeing the cents in diversity ANZ National recognises that the more diverse its staff, the more diverse the thought and innovation that can be tapped into.

Changing mindsets Melanie Sloan's employers look at her ability, not her physical challenges. Melanie, a driven 29-year-old, has worked as a teacher for the last seven years and the kids clearly adore her.

Converting ambivalence to engagement Briscoe Group's commitment to training is showing its young staff that retail offers a long-term career option for those who want it.

Engineering a future Air New Zealand's innovative recruitment campaign targets young people in their own spaces, showing them the attractions of a career in aeronautical engineering.

Engineers put flexibility first URS New Zealand offers its employees a great deal of autonomy on how they handle their workloads, helping it retain and its skilled engineering staff. 

Flexibility critical to working dad Comvita's commitment to flexible working practices means a valued worker and father has been able to manage his changing family commitments.

Liddell Contracting - Building Bridges Thanks to its commitment to training a small West Coast engineering company is an employer for choice for engineering engineers from around the world.


More case studies

Lucy McKimm - Sign of the times At one of ACC's Hamilton offices, a deaf staff member and her creative manager have helped create a workplace culture of enthusiasm and co-operation.

Maximising young talent Young people are the workforce of the future but many are getting left behind from day one. CadetMax is turning unskilled young people into able employees.

Mining years of experience Solid Energy is pairing young trainees and older, experienced workers to make sure that years of wisdom are passed on.

NZ Post - Cracking the glass ceiling A disproportionately small number of women in senior leadership positions led the New Zealand Post Group to ask women staff what would help them thrive and progress at work.

Plant nursery knows how to nurture staff A disabled man is contributing to the productivity and workplace culture at Lyndale Liners.

Serving up the 3Rs A workplace literacy programme has substantially improved employee engagement as well as workplace health and safety at Tip Top Bread.

Simple things boost engagement At snack-food manufacturer Bluebird Foods, work-life initiatives stemmed out of the need to improve workplace culture. The organisational benefits have been enormous.

Stock losses reveal numeracy gaps Safety issues and stock management problems led to literacy and numeracy training at Spicers Paper's Auckland distribution centre. The benefits include improved stocktaking and staff retention and reduced absenteeism.

Tapping skill, expertise and knowledge Marie Hull-Brown started her working life in 1948 as an officer in London's Metropolitan Police. These days, aged 84, she's still going strong.

Work-life balance - An issue for dads too A family crisis and a skilled staff member retained was averted thanks to IRL's openness to flexible working hours.