This year’s Diversity Report is the third in the series the Champions have commissioned to hold ourselves accountable for improving gender and ethnicity representation in management and governance roles in our organisations.
The results reveal that, while there is still a way to go, the Champions are leading the way. In almost every measure, we compare favourably to the UK, the US, Australia and the NZX50 average. There is cause to celebrate, but not to get complacent.
Our success is uneven – some industries are struggling with diversity in gender participation while others who are strong on their front line will need to focus on improving representation at senior levels in the years ahead. In terms of ethnic diversity, we could all do better.
We have called the key challenges the power gap and the participation gap. Each calls for very different strategic responses. We intend to learn from each other as we lean in to resolving the underlying issues, building on our successes to date and achieving measurable results.
– JUSTINE SMYTH | MARC ENGLAND
CO CHAIRS, CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE