NZWRI research presented at White Camellia awards

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Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne with the official party

Findings from the 2017 United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles (UNWEPs) survey were presented at the recent White Camellia awards. The awards honour organisations promoting gender equity through the UNWEPs. NZWRI, led by Professor Gail Pacheco, has been conducting the survey for the past three years.

The 2017 White Camellia Awards were held at Government House in Wellington on September 19 - Suffrage Day. Businesses were awarded for their outstanding work on each of the seven principles, with Simpson Grierson taking home the Supreme Award.

Professor Pacheco presented the survey findings at the event, which cover how organisations apply the seven UNWEPs. Selected findings include:

  • Since 2015, the median percentage of females at the Board and Senior Executive team levels have improved by 13.00% and 2.00%, respectively.
  • In 78.26% of organisations, a public commitment and statement of support towards gender equality was made by the CEO or the Board of Directors.
  • The average pay gap between male and female employees is 12.33%.
  • 39.13% of organisations would consider publicly releasing their equal employment opportunity metrics.
  • Health, safety and freedom from violence was key, with 73.91% of organisations having zero tolerance policies towards gender-based violence and harassment and 56.52% of organisations having wellness strategies.

Read the full survey report or a summary of key findings.

About the UNWEPs
The UNWEPs are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact and are adapted from the Calvert Women's Principles®. The development of the Women's Empowerment Principles included an international multi-stakeholder consultation process, which began in March 2009 and culminated in their launch on International Women’s Day in March 2010.

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