Congratulations to Powerco, who have recently achieved the Accessibility Tick reflecting their focus and commitment to disability inclusion.
Emma Bennett, Group HR Manager says it’s confirmation Powerco is on the right track. “We’re committed to offering an equitable and accessible workplace for our team. We are firm believers that accessibility needs shouldn’t be a barrier to participation in the paid workforce. It’s up to organisations like ours to educate ourselves and do better.”
“We’ll continue to challenge our thinking and explore new ways to make Powerco a great place to work, for everyone,” she adds.
The Accessibility Tick Employers’ Network is made up of 27 of New Zealand’s leading organisations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities, chronic health conditions and facing mental health crises.
We have a vision of New Zealand becoming the most accessible and disability inclusive country in the world.
To achieve this, we need to inspire change.
We recognise and advocate that supporting a person with a disability is more than just getting them a job. It is empowering them to have a meaningful career.
If you want organisations to change their behaviours you to need to show them how the changes are beneficial, then support them to lead the changes themselves.
Practical programmes like the Accessibility Tick are essential to supporting organisation transformation.
We hope this video encourages people to think about accessibility and ask the same questions we did when creating our vision.
What could be done?
What should be done?
What must be done?
Members of the Accessibility Tick and its Employers’ Network are:
Fidelity Life, New Zealand’s largest locally owned and operated life insurer and two-time ANZIIF New Zealand Life Insurance Company of the Year, has been awarded the Accessibility Tick.
Awarded by Access Advisors, the Accessibility Tick is an independent endorsement of an organisation’s commitment to being more accessible to, and inclusive of, people with disabilities.
Fidelity Life Chief People Officer Tanya Hadfield says the Accessibility Tick is about being accessible to all customers, advisers and job seekers.
“1 in 4 New Zealanders identify as having a disability. This means if we aren’t inclusive and accessible to all Kiwis, a quarter of the market might not be looking at us as a potential employer, business partner or life insurance provider.
“Achieving the Accessibility Tick gives us the confidence we can successfully employ people with disabilities, enrich our diversity and meet the needs of all customers.”
The Blind Foundation has been awarded the Accessibility Tick for escalating its commitment to accessibility.
Tanya Colvin, Accessibility Tick Programme Lead, presented Acting Chief Executive Greg Hurn the award during a short ceremony this morning at Awhina House in Parnell, Auckland, 20 August 2019.
The Accessibility Tick, a Blind Foundation initiative set up by the Access Advisors, was established to help address the disability employment gap.
For the Blind Foundation, it is important that we lead by example, Acting Chief Executive Greg Hurn said.
“To be authentic in this work with others, we absolutely have to be doing all that we can to ‘walk the talk’ and to be trail blazers in breaking down barriers that are holding us back in accessibility today.”
Air New Zealand are proud to be the latest organisation to further their commitment to diversity and inclusion, reaching the required commitment to achieve the Accessibility Tick.
With our on-going support they aim to understand, benchmark and improve in the following areas; leading in digital accessibility as more customers use technology to interact with us, creating a more diverse workforce through recruitment of people with disability, further driving inclusion by educating our people about accessibility.
Westpac NZ has become the first New Zealand bank to achieve the Accessibility Tick, for its commitment to becoming more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Acting General Manager of Consumer Banking and Wealth, Gina Dellabarca, says the Tick recognises the work that has gone into making Westpac accessible to people with a wide range of abilities and needs.
“We want to help Kiwis grow financially to help grow a better New Zealand, and making our business more available to all New Zealanders is a big part of that,” she says.
The Accessibility Tick is proud to award a further five organisations with the Tick in Disability Pride Week. This week Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Adecco, Auckland District Health Board, Ricoh NZ and Sudima Hotels have joined Vector as the first organisations in New Zealand to demonstrate their commitment to accessibility through this new programme.
Accessibility Tick programme lead, Tanya Colvin, says: “The levels of enthusiasm, care and dedication to getting accessibility right that I have seen across all of these organisations is inspiring.
“I believe we are at the beginning of creating a sea-change for accessibility to become a ‘business as usual’ consideration for New Zealand employers, and it is exciting. We know employers see the value in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, and in making their product or service offerings accessible to all customers. Now it’s time to tackle what this means for people with disabilities.”
The Accessibility Tick is a new programme helping employers be part of the solution in creating a more accessible and inclusive New Zealand for people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero encourages employers to learn more about the Accessibility Tick. She says: “I support initiatives that build inclusion and aim to ensure employers take full advantage of the talent pool of disabled people.”
Access Alliance coordinator Dianne Rogers congratulates the five businesses on being awarded the Accessibility Tick. She says: “We applaud your efforts to create accessible environments for your employees and customers, and we look forward to working together to put accessibility at the heart of a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.”
Recent labour market statistics show New Zealanders with disabilities are three times less likely to be employed than their non-disabled peers. The difference between employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people is called the disability employment gap. New Zealand’s disability employment gap is currently 47.7%.
The Accessibility Tick is also proud to announce partnerships with Workbridge and The Cookie Project. “Our Workbridge partnership is important because they will be able to provide both services and candidates to member employers. We love what The Cookie Project is doing and see them as a valued partner providing a future talent pipeline to member employers,” says Tanya Colvin.
“Congratulations to Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Adecco, Auckland District Health Board, Ricoh NZ and Sudima Hotels on achieving the Tick. The winners out of their work are New Zealanders with disabilities who can reference the Tick as a marker of confidence that accessibility and inclusivity are given precedence at these organisations,” says Tanya Colvin.
To find out more about the Accessibility Tick, visit: accessibilitytick.nz