GIDA, a community of practice for diversity and inclusion (D&I) organisations from around the world, was officially launched last night at the Whiria Ngā Kaha Workplace Inclusion Aotearoa 2023 international conference in Auckland.
GIDA members are not-for-profit organisations, working across the spectrum of diversity dimensions, specifically focussed on workplace inclusion.
“We come together to partner and collaborate, to learn from each other, and to share thought leadership across our jurisdictions. We do this for the benefit to our respective membership networks and to make workplaces all over the world more equitable,” says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Maretha Smit.
“If the past three Covid years taught us anything it is that, across the globe, there is more that binds us than divide us. Together, we have supported our workplaces through lockdowns, burnouts, talent shortages, employee activism and more.
“During this time, Diversity Works New Zealand has benefitted hugely from the perspectives and practices that informed the work of our colleagues across the world. And while diversity, equity and inclusion will always need to be locally grounded, we now have the opportunity to seize this moment of global transformation to accelerate positive change our workplaces through constructive collaboration beyond our borders.
“We are delighted to be a founding member of the Global Inclusion and Diversity Alliance.”