Diversity Agenda - S+SNZ Becomes a Founding Partner

  • 03 October 2018

Diversity Agenda - S+SNZ Becomes a Founding Partner

Susan Freeman-Green (left), Engineering NZ CEO, and Rebecca Strang, S+SNZ President celebrate S+SNZ becoming a founding partner of the Diversity Agenda.

We are delighted to get behind the Diversity Agenda – an industry-wide campaign that is galvanising scores of Kiwi companies around one common goal: 20 per cent more women into their industries by 2021. With a similar strategic aim of increasing Survey and Spatial NZ’s diversity, this agenda is an excellent initiative for us to get involved with says our president Rebecca Strang. The campaign will address critical issues like retaining and promoting women to leadership roles and ensuring pay equity.

The Diversity Agenda started as a collaboration between Engineering New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ). It already has more than 50 other organisations signed up as Founding Partners and Change Makers.

Rebecca believes it’s critically important for leaders in the industry to collectively commit to the campaign for change.

“There are so many good reasons to change the status quo. Not only do we want a more diverse workforce that better reflects society and therefore allows a greater diversity of thought, but there is also evidence it makes good financial sense to do so. Research shows that companies that have more women on staff were 15 per cent more likely to financially outperform their industry, while those that had women on their boards were 26 per cent more profitable than those that had all-male boards. As an organisation, we’re not only lending our voice to the cause, but we’re committed to real, actionable change. Our Council and Board already have equal gender representation - we know it is very important to have visible role models. We plan to actively support the campaign and S+SNZ will be adding its own case studies and features relating to surveying and spatial communities. We will also be encouraging our members to sign up to the agenda.

The Diversity Agenda works by getting organisations to commit to adopting more inclusive practices. It’s backed up by a hard-hitting social media campaign featuring the stories of women working in architecture and engineering.

Learn more about the Diversity Agenda and how you can influence change here:

We are delighted to get behind the Diversity Agenda – an industry-wide campaign that is galvanising scores of Kiwi companies around one common goal: 20 per cent more women into their industries by 2021. With a similar strategic aim of increasing Survey and Spatial NZ’s diversity, this agenda is an excellent initiative for us to get involved with says our president Rebecca Strang. The campaign will address critical issues like retaining and promoting women to leadership roles and ensuring pay equity.

The Diversity Agenda started as a collaboration between Engineering New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ). It already has more than 50 other organisations signed up as Founding Partners and Change Makers.

The Diversity Agenda works by getting organisations to commit to adopting more inclusive practices. It’s backed up by a hard-hitting social media campaign featuring the stories of women working in architecture and engineering.

Learn more about the Diversity Agenda and how you can influence change here: www.diversityagenda.org