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Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix

What is the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix?

The Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix is an evidence-based framework developed specifically for New Zealand workplaces that allows organisations to identify the maturity of their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices across seven components. It will provide a basis for workplaces to understand their current capabilities, identify areas for improvement and create a roadmap for transformation.

The seven components that form part of a strategic approach to DEI are leadership, diversity infrastructure, diverse recruitment, inclusive career development, bi-culturism, inclusive collaboration and social impact.

This framework was developed for the unique diversity and inclusion dynamics faced in workplaces in Aotearoa New Zealand. It will be supported by assessment tools that can be used to analyse the maturity of workplace practices across five levels, from starter to advanced, with the objective of understanding existing gaps and empowering leaders to decide where to direct their investment in DEI to provide the best return for their people and their business performance.

Benefits for workplaces

Engaging with the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix allows organisations to:

  • Understand what good looks like when it comes to workplace diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI)

  • Benchmark the maturity of their DEI journey against other organisations in their sector or workplaces with similar characteristics (size, location etc)

  • Identify and analyse gaps in current practices

  • Create a pathway to shift the organisation through the matrix maturity levels

  • Priortise investment in their DEI journey

 Benefits for Aotearoa’s diversity landscape

The creation of the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix provides:

  • A national standard for workplace DEI in New Zealand

  • A strategic roadmap for the design of programmes, training and projects delivered by Diversity Works New Zealand, the national body for workplace diversity and inclusion

Next steps

  • Complete the form below to download the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix framework and a guide to using it. This will give you an understanding of the seven components organisations must consider when taking a strategic approach to DEI and the indicators used to measure maturity levels.

  • Diversity Works New Zealand is developing tools to assess individual organisations against the framework. These will be ready to use in the last quarter of 2021. There will be two different types of assessments. The first will be completed by one person on behalf of the organisation and will provide an inventory of current practices. The second assessment will be completed by employees to determine their perceptions of DEI within the workplace. This will provide a view that reflects the perceptions of both employer and employees that can be used to decide the organisation’s level of maturity per component.

To download the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix framework, please complete the form below. For more information, contact info@diversityworksnz.org.nz

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