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first_imgAir New Zealandairlinesawardsdiversityinclusion Air New Zealand has been awarded the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Team Award at the 2019 International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting held in Seoul, Korea, chosen as the winner from 70 written and video submissions from other airlines around the world.Judges cited the airline’s diversity program as authentic, impressive, and a source of inspiration for other global airlines, recognising Air New Zealand as leading the way for diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry, by implementing positive and tangible change in the diversity and inclusion space as part of its diversity agenda.“Celebrating diversity in the workforce leverages our people’s unique backgrounds, qualities and contributions and allows us to bring our authentic and best selves to work every day,” said Air New Zealand Chief People Officer Jodie King.“Companies in the top quartile of ethnic and gender diversity are 33 percent and 38 percent respectively more likely to have a higher than average market share and we encourage diversity of thought in our decision-making processes to authentically reflect our customer base.”Air New Zealand launched its first diversity and inclusion strategy in 2013 to foster an organisation that is proudly representative of Aotearoa – a place where Air New Zealanders can be themselves and thrive. Since then, the airline has elevated its gender diversity by increasing the number of females in its 80 strong senior leadership team from 16 percent in 2013 to 43 percent in 2019. The airline has also put a focus on cultural competency within all areas of the business and is working towards increasing the number of Māori and Pasifika employees in leadership roles, setting a target of 20 percent by 2022. Its senior leaders will work to build their fluency in Māori culture and customs, including attending immersive overnight marae workshops.Air New Zealand is proud to have been awarded the Gender Tick Accreditation and the Rainbow Tick Accreditation earlier this year and is currently working towards the Accessibility Tick accreditation.last_img

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