31 August 2023

Winner of Inclusive Workplace Award at NZ Diversity Awards

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New Zealand Steel is proud to have jointly won the Inclusive Workplace (Medium-Large organisation) category at this year’s annual Diversity Awards NZ, in recognition of its efforts to create a more inclusive workplace for working caregivers and pregnant employees.

It shares the honour with Hīkina Whakatutuki (the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment).

Chief Executive Robin Davies says the award recognises a significant effort by New Zealand Steel to enhance its employees’ experience and employ a safe, engaged and evolving workforce.

“Our focus on diversity and inclusion guides how we approach running our business every day. We recognise that our people are our strength, and we strive to be a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace that values diversity.

“That brings us closer to our aim of reflecting the communities where we operate. The range of backgrounds and perspectives our people bring to their roles make us both a more welcoming workplace, and a more successful company,” he says.

The initiatives recognised were co-designed by the New Zealand Steel HR team and an employee focus group.

Examples include the introduction of Wā Whakangā (Time to Rest) Leave for all pregnant employees: that is six weeks of additional paid leave before their parental leave starts. Of particular benefit to employees based in the plant, this leave is intended to give them time to stay home and rest before they welcome their newborn.

Employees can also access maternity PPE and private pumping facilities more easily. Also improved is the provision of parental leave for primary caregivers, partner’s leave and domestic leave, which is used by those who need to care for dependents.

New Zealand Steel congratulates its fellow category winner and finalists Buddle Findlay, Downer NZ, Education Perfect, Inland Revenue NZ, New Zealand Rugby and Woods Glass.

“It is heartening to note the emphasis organisations are placing on ensuring their working environments are truly diverse and inclusive. At New Zealand Steel we are committed to continuing our efforts in this area and strengthening our communities for the future,” Mr Davies says.

As well at its steel-making operations at Glenbrook, New Zealand Steel includes Pacific Steel in Ōtāhuhu, manufacturing division Steltech in Takanini and the Waikato North Head mine site.