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About Us

Diversity Works New Zealand is here to help kiwis be better-by-diversity.

Our Story and Work

We’re a national membership organisation, here to help business develop diverse and inclusive workplaces.

These are energised, engaged workplaces that embrace ‘difference’. They encourage every employee to live up to their potential and to feel safe and valued.

We are proud to be part of the evolution in workplace policy and culture, fostering equality and difference, rejecting bias and seeking diversity.

About - Our story

We stand for:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness

Safe organisations

Safe Organisations

Our History

The Equal Employment Opportunity Trust (EEO) was set up in 1992 to address employment practices to foster equal rights in the New Zealand workplace.

Since then the organisation has evolved to become an essential source of education and inspiration for companies to examine their employment practices across the breadth of diversity issues facing business today. These include wellbeing, flexibility, ageing, ethnicity, bias, gender, employment transition for young staff, bullying and harassment, disability, sexuality and religion.

Today, we are called Diversity Works New Zealand. This name better focuses on our objective to have ‘people differences’ acknowledged (and respected). And to help employers understand that diversity is essential for their ongoing success.

We raise awareness of diversity issues and inspire inclusion through:


Developing workshops and events to educate individuals and teams on diversity issues and to stimulate debate.


Providing opportunities to share best practice through case studies and events with industry leaders.


Undertaking current diversity research such as: The bi-annual New Zealand Diversity Survey (in conjunction with the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and: The New Zealand Work Research Institute at AUT University).


The New Zealand Diversity AwardsTM celebrate those who have succeeded in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. This annual gala event is a proud testimony to the ways in which ‘Diversity Works’.

Our Governance

We are funded by our members and through Government contributions and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Diversity is integral to a healthy workplace culture and, ultimately, to business success. We are committed to fostering diverse and productive workplaces throughout New Zealand.

Our Alliance Partners

Internal Affairs
Skill Highway
Te Puni Kōkiri
Diversity Works New Zealand

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