ANZ aims for a Rainbow Tick

Last updated 14:23 08/08/2014

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ANZ has followed the lead of ASB and SkyCity in seeking Rainbow Tick accreditation for an inclusive workplace.

The programme involves testing whether organisations welcome sexual and gender diversity.

ANZ chief financial officer Antonia Watson is the patron of the New Zealand chapter of the ANZ Pride Network.

She said the Rainbow Tick was a demonstration that ANZ valued the contribution its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersexed (LGBTI) staff made to the success of the bank.

Rainbow Tick programme director Michael Stevens has said the accreditation process was rigorous and would not be provided to all and sundry.

Audits will evaluate ANZ's inclusiveness across areas such as policy, training and staff engagement.

Recommendations will then be made and support provided to reach best practice.

A recent United States-based report from the Human Rights Campaign found half of all LGBTI workers hid their identities at work, one-third felt compelled to lie about themselves and nearly 10 per cent left a position because they felt unwelcome.

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