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Take part in the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ

Enter the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ

Showcase your organisation’s diversity and inclusion success and join Kiwi businesses leading the way!

Entries open: 4 February 2019

Entries close: 3pm, 7 May 2019

Categories

Tomorrow’s Workforce Award

Celebrates innovative responses to a changing workforce demographic.  Young people entering the workforce have different expectations from wisdom workers wanting to continue their careers. This award recognises an organisation which has found ways to recruit, retain and engage the very best talent for tomorrow, securing the future success of its business and meeting the needs of workers across the age spectrum.

Cultural Celebration Award

Showcases authentic responses to cultural and ethnic engagement in the workplace. A diversity of cultures and worldviews add skills and innovation, not only to an organisation but to the New Zealand economy. This award recognises initiatives that acknowledge our bi-cultural history and multicultural society and improve engagement and performance in the workplace through cultural intelligence.

Empowerment Award

Celebrates innovative responses to empowering women in the workplace. Driving gender equity in the workforce involves advancing pay equity, mutually available career pipelines, and equitable representation at senior and governance levels. This award acknowledges organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to real progress in gender equity and engaged people across all genders and all levels of the business to deliver that progress.

Skills Highway Award

Honours organisations which recognise the importance of numeracy and literacy. People need to be effective while speaking, listening, reading, writing, problem solving, processing mathematical information and using technology at work. The award acknowledges organisations that developed initiatives to assist their employees with fundamental foundation skills, giving them new career opportunities and pathways.

Positive Inclusion Award

Celebrates innovative responses to inclusivity of the LGBTQI community in the workforce. New Zealand’s workforce is comprised of people of diverse genders and sexual orientations. This award acknowledges organisations that recognise the whole person and demonstrate a commitment to creating an accepting, unbiased workplace.

Diversability Award

Celebrates innovative responses to positive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This award acknowledges organisations that have moved from simply considering accessibility to creating a culture of inclusion.

Work Life Balance Award

Celebrates organisations that recognise that work is part of a rich and challenging life. The award acknowledges organisations that create a culture which enables people to perform best at work and flourish in other areas, through innovative flexible working practices or wellbeing initiatives.

Walk the Talk Award

Celebrates leaders who exemplify excellence in managing a diverse workforce. The winner is a leader who understands that diversity and inclusion create healthy workplace cultures where everyone’s skills and talents are both utilised and appreciated.

Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award

Honours a diversity and inclusion initiative that is less than two years old but has already achieved a positive impact on business performance and workforce engagement. This award will be given to a programme that can be sustained and further developed to enhance the creation of a truly inclusive workplace culture.

Supreme Award

Will be selected from the winners of each category.

Small Organisation Excellence Award

Our judges may choose to award a Small Organisation Excellence Award in any of the nine award categories. These awards are available to organisations with fewer than 50 employees and recognises that initiatives developed by SMEs in our cities and regions play an important role in creating a truly inclusive workplace culture in New Zealand.  All entries from organisations with fewer than 50 employees will automatically be eligible for this special commendation, and also eligible to win the overall category award.

If you have any further queries please get in touch

Judging Criteria

Overall criteria

The Diversity Awards NZ™ celebrate initiatives developed by organisations to drive a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, benefit the people they employ and have a positive impact on business performance. The judges are looking for initiatives that show:

  • Innovation, leading edge thinking, difficulty factor, unique approaches
  • Quantifiable as well as qualitative measures of impact on business performance and employee engagement
  • A clear link to strategy, real impact and opportunities identified for growth and development
  • Clarity around who is involved and how widely the initiative benefits people
  • Evidence of support at senior levels and broad employee-level support – more than an HR initiative, other managers are leads
  • Clear co-design, in-house team engagement – more than something that is simply outsourced to a provider
  • Clarity on how the initiative was rolled out, with challenges and iterations acknowledged

Judging criteria for the Walk the Talk Award is as follows:

Please provide the name of your Walk the Talk nominee and details on their position, length of service in the organisation and their leadership responsibilities or activities. Please note that this person will demonstrate exemplary inclusive leadership qualities irrespective of the seniority of their role.

1) Modelling Leadership (35% of total)

Tell us how the nominee demonstrates leadership in recruiting and managing a diverse workforce and building an inclusive workplace.

2) Encouragement (30% of total)

How does the nominee encourage others to make the most of a diverse workforce and what proactive steps have they taken to build an inclusive workplace?

3) Impact (35% of total)

Please show us examples of how the nominee is effective or the impact they have had as a result of their leadership. How have they made a positive difference to your workplace and to the diverse workforce? How has this impacted the employees and performance of your organisation?

 

Entrants will also be asked to provide other general information about their organisation. Download an example of entry form.

 

Judging criteria for all other category awards is as follows:

1) The Initiative (20% of total)

Please tell us about the initiative you are entering in this category. Why was this initiative developed?

2) Implementation (15% of total)

How was the initiative developed? How was it introduced to the workforce? How was it implemented?

3) Support (15% of total)

Show us how the initiative(s) is supported by the leaders/managers of the organisation. How is this

support visible? What is management accountability for the success of the initiative?

4) Workplace Evidence (25% of total)

Show us how the initiative has benefited the workplace/organisation performance.

5) Employee Evidence (25% of total)

Show us how the initiative has benefited the employees.

Entrants will also be asked to provide other general information about their organisation. Download an example of entry form.

 

Points to note:

Emerging Diversity and Inclusion category: Entries in this category must relate to initiatives that have been underway for less than two years.

Small Organisation Excellence Awards: Our judges may choose to award a Small Organisation Excellence Award in any of the nine award categories. It is available to organisations with fewer than 50 employees. Get more details in the category section.

If you would like any more information please get in touch

Frequently asked questions

How do I know which category to enter?

Read through the category descriptions above or look at the case studies from previous year’s winners. If you are still unsure, you can contact us on awards@diversityworksnz.org.nz or 0800 DIVERSITY (0800 348 377).

Can we enter more than one category?

Yes, if your organisation has multiple diversity and inclusive initiatives, you can enter multiple categories.

Can we enter the same initiative in two different categories?

No, however Walk the Talk entries may reference initiatives entered in other categories where relevant.

Can we showcase multiple initiatives in one entry?

We recommend each entry focuses on a single initiative. This initiative can be put in the context of a broader diversity programme.

Can we put two entries into one category if we have different initiatives?

Yes, however your entries will be competing against each other for the category award.

Can we enter an initiative we are running in an overseas office?

No, entries must relate to workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives benefiting employees who reside and work in New Zealand.

We are a previous winner – can we enter this category again?

Yes, but if you are entering an initiative that has previously won a Diversity Awards NZ™ category or been highly commended by the judging panel, you must provide significant evidence of new development and impact of the initiative.

Can we re-enter an initiative that didn’t win in the same category?

Yes. Ensure you highlight development to the initiative and the new benefits you have achieved with since it was first entered in our awards programme.

Can I print out an example of the entry form before I start?

Yes.

Example of entry form for Walk the Talk – download here.

Example of entry form for all other categories –download here.

Why do we need to provide photographs?

We use entrant photographs to illustrate the case studies produced for finalists and the annual magazine we create to showcase our award winners.

I started an entry, but I can’t find it.

If you saved your entry in our online entry platform, you should have received an email with a “resume” link that takes you back to finish it. If you can’t find it, check your email junk folder. If you still can’t find it, unfortunately this means you will have to begin your entry again.

I have saved my pdfs and files but every time I go back into my entry, I can’t see them.

Attachments must be uploaded to the system once you are ready to submit your entry. They won’t be saved until that point.

I can’t load my video file

If you would like to show our judges a video to support your entry, upload it to a video sharing platform such as YouTube or Vimeo and include the link in the video field of the entry form. This is due to file size restrictions of the entry programme.

How can I add more photos or evidence files?

We are happy for you to email us extra photos to awards@diversityworksnz.org.nz – please include the name of the organisation and the entry category the photos illustrate. We allow entrants to submit up to six PDFs as supporting evidence for each entry to ensure a fair and transparent process for all entrants.

Can I just upload or send a PDF or hard copy of my entry?

No, an online entry form is required to be submitted for each award entered, using the text fields supplied. Please keep to the 1500 word limit. However, you can supply supporting evidence as PDFs within the form.

Our business supplies services that increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Can we enter the awards?

Entries must provide evidence of how the organisation is advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion within its own workplace. So, if you have a programme for your own staff, you can enter that.

However, if you are selling services or products that advance diversity and inclusion in other organisations, you cannot enter those services in the awards. But you can encourage and support your clients to enter the programmes they have developed using your services.

Our organisation does work in the community to support diversity and inclusion. Can we enter those initiatives?

No, entries must provide evidence of how your organisation is advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion within its own workplace.

Do you have finalists?
We will be naming finalists for the first time in 2019 – they will be announced in early June.

Can I reschedule my judges’ visit?

Our volunteer judging panel has limited time to visit all our finalists, so you will have to keep to your allocated time. Judges visits will take place between 8 and 28 June in 2019

When will we find out if we have won?

Winners are announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 28 August 2019.

If you have any further queries please get in touch

Terms and Conditions

The owner and organiser for the Diversity Awards NZ™ is the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, trading as Diversity Works New Zealand, Level 1, 90 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1010.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Entries close at 3pm NZST, Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
  2. Entries must be from organisations operating in New Zealand.
  3. Entries must relate to workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives benefitting employees who are resident and working in New Zealand.
  4. Entries must provide evidence of how the organisation is advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion within its own workplace.
  • A third-party provider that offers core services that advance diversity and inclusion is ineligible to enter those services in the awards. The employer utilising the services can enter the awards. A service provider can enter an initiative that advances diversity and inclusion for its own employees.
  1. All entries must be submitted through the official online entry form and process.
  • A separate online entry form is required to be submitted for each award entered, using the text fields supplied.
  • Entries must be within the word limit of 1500 words.
  • Only supporting evidence or images can be uploaded as attachments.
  • All entries submitted must fulfill the entry requirements of the chosen award. Inclusion of background information when requested is very important.
  • Incomplete entries can be disqualified.
  • Supporting video evidence must be submitted during the online entry process as a link to a video sharing platform that can be accessed by the judging panel and those processing entries on behalf of the awards organisers. Supporting videos must be no longer than 10 minutes long.
  • Video files submitted via a channel other than a video sharing platform will not be accepted by the awards organisers.
  • Supporting photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format. Maximum file upload size is 25mb per entry.
  1. Organisations entering an initiative that has previously won a Diversity Awards NZ™ category or been highly commended by the judging panel must provide evidence of significant new development of the initiative.
  2. Organisations can enter more than one category. However, each specific diversity and inclusion initiative can be entered in only one category per award year.
  • Walk the Talk category entries may reference initiatives entered in other categories where relevant.
  1. Emerging Diversity and Inclusion category entries must relate to initiatives that have been underway for less than two years.
  2. Only organisations with fewer than 50 fulltime employees will be eligible for a Small Organisation Excellence award.
  3. Finalists will be announced in June 2019. Finalists will be allocated times for a judges visit between 8 June and July 10 2019 and must make themselves available at the scheduled time.
  4. Case studies will be prepared by the awards organisers for all entries selected as finalists. Entrants will have the opportunity to correct any errors in these case studies. Case studies will be publicly available via the Diversity Works New Zealand website following the Diversity Awards NZ™ Gala Dinner on 28 August 2019.
  5. The judging panel will be appointed by the awards organisers.
  6. All entry information and material submitted remains the property of the organisers.
  7. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you agree that the organisers can send you correspondence from time to time in relation to the awards process.
  8. Entrants will be encouraged to make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes as required.
  9. Entrants agree to allow the use of their entry information and material for publicity purposes and ongoing Diversity Works New Zealand promotions.
  10. Entrants selected as finalists should be available to attend the awards Gala Dinner in Auckland, on 28 August 2019 (Inability to attend does not disqualify entry).
  11. The organisers reserve the right to:
  • Transfer any entry from one category to another if it is deemed advantageous to the entrant. The entrant will be notified of this change of category.
  • Disqualify any entrant deemed to have breached the above terms and conditions
  • Disqualify any entrant that could potentially damage the brand reputation of the awards.
  • Withdraw any award or choose not to award a winner in one or more of the nine categories.
  1. Eligibility for all award categories will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.
  2. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

AGREEMENT OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. By submitting an online entry to the Diversity Awards NZ™, entrants are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.

If you have any further queries please get in touch

Example of entry form for Walk the Talk – download here.

Example of entry form for all other categories –download here.

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