diversity & inclusion
Building a better business through diversity & inclusion
Vector’s workforce is made up of individuals with many diverse skills, values, backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing the diversity of thought that exists within our organisation is key to unlocking innovation, driving engagement and connecting with our customers to deliver better outcomes.
Our motivation is to encourage a work environment where everyone feels included, respected and heard. A place that welcomes all ethnicities, genders, disabilities, ages, sexual orientations, races and religions. A place where our people can bring their whole selves to work.
Our passion for diversity and inclusion can be seen right throughout our organisation, starting at the top with the support of our Board of Directors. We are proud of our strong governance structure, which is driven by our Diversity Council, led by our Chief Executive and members of our leadership team.
With our people at the heart of our business, our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is made up of volunteers from across our New Zealand and Australian offices, working together as active ambassadors who champion a range of initiatives.
You can learn more about our approach by taking a look at Vector's Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Since establishment of the D&I committee in 2015, we have driven a range of initiatives and hosted numerous events, gained nationally recognised accreditations for Vector and are the proud winners of many awards. We are constantly working at improving D&I within the organisation.
Some of our achievements have included:
- Success at the Diversity Works Awards including winning the Empowerment, Diversability and overall Supreme awards in 2019, and the Tomorrow’s Workforce and overall Supreme awards in 2015.
- Working alongside Access Advisors to develop the Accessibility Tick. As the first business in New Zealand to gain the Tick in 2018, we are committed to supporting mental health and creating a physically, technologically and culturally accessible workplace.
- Gaining the Rainbow Tick certification in 2016, marking an important step in our journey of understanding, valuing and welcoming sexual and gender diversity in our business. We have supported Auckland’s Pride Parade, hosted many speakers and have a Pride committee dedicated to raising awareness and supporting our rainbow community.
- Celebrating Vector’s cultural diversity through hosting events such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, Matariki, Hannukah and Ceilidh. These build cultural awareness and help us better understand and connect with one another.
- Vector’s Women in Leadership programme, which is facilitated by Sarah Schulz and Massey University professor Sarah Leberman. The programme takes an ‘action-learning’ approach whereby participants are placed in teams to undertake real projects that matter to Vector.
- Development of the Pasifika Niu Leaders programme where participants work with Fraser Buchanan and New Zealand’s poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh, to define what it means to be a ‘Pasifika’ leader and how they make a difference in Auckland and New Zealand.
- Becoming the first NZ corporate to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer in 2017. We also received ‘Silver – distinguished’ in the 2017 NZ Equal Pay Awards (YWCA) to recognise steps made towards applying initiatives, processes, practices, cultural intent and commitment to addressing equal pay.