As an international airline and iconic brand, it’s vital we create an inclusive workplace which celebrates our people’s unique backgrounds and contributions. We know what gets measured gets done
— Jodie King, Chief People Officer, Air New Zealand


The Gender Tick™ programme was created by YWCA Auckland with the assessment managed by leading Diversity and Inclusion practitioner, Dr. Kaisa Wilson of Mosaik Ltd.

The evaluation framework of the Gender Tick™ has been developed by leading Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, Dr. Kaisa Wilson. Kaisa has worked for over 10 years in organisational development across organisations as varied as grassroots NGOs to governments. Currently she is working with some of the top firms in the NZX top 50 companies. She is extensively experienced in working with senior management and work forces, specialising in producing powerful, clear reporting and evidence-based solutions.

Dr Kaisa Wilson

Dr Kaisa Wilson

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YWCA Auckland, Friends & Family

The programme is accredited by YWCA Auckland, who are part of the world’s largest women’s organisation which leads social and economic change in over 100 countries worldwide.

The YWCA is acknowledged as a champion for gender equity in New Zealand through pioneering the Equal Pay Awards in 2014, which has grown rapidly in influence and entries in the following years. In 2018, the decision was made to develop the Gender Tick™ programme in line with YWCA Auckland’s passion for individual and community change, enabling businesses to become safe spaces for women and working to remove work-based barriers to women’s economic independence.

Kiwibank has always valued an inclusive culture but accreditation gives us an external perspective and formalises this commitment. This process has been really useful to reflect and challenge us. Gender equality is an on-going focus because we know the positive impact it has on our people, our customers and our communities. Everyone wins.
— Danielle George , Kiwibank’s People and Communications Chief

Why do we need THE GENDER TICK™?

The proportion of women in leadership positions in New Zealand companies has hit an all-time low and we are one of the lowest ranked countries worldwide for women in senior leadership roles. In 2017, we ranked 33rd out of 35 countries globally for women in senior leadership roles, and currently there is only one female CEO in New Zealand’s top 50 NZX listed companies.

This is despite the research that companies with a female CEO outperform those with a male one. And despite the fact that 40% of the global paid workforce is women, and a further one billion women are anticipated to enter the paid workforce over the next decade.

One in four millennial women do not feel that there are senior female role models that resonate with them in their current company. Increasingly we are seeing them seek out employers with a strong record on gender equity.

Gender Tick™ provides a valuable tool for women at work and their employers.

In 2018, Minister for Women, Hon. Julie Anne Genter outlined her plan to remove the gender pay gap in the state services within four years, which is a positive move that will impact many thousands of women. However, there are many other drivers of gender discrimination in the workplace. Factors such as flexible working arrangements, career development pathways, workplace culture and sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Gender Tick™ seeks to address these factors.


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