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The business case for diversity

What do we offer?

The Certification Process

About us

Nau mai, tomo mai ki tō mātou pae tukutuku ō Rainbow Tick.
Rainbow Tick is a certification mark for organisations that complete a Diversity & Inclusion assessment process.

Rainbow Tick is about accepting and valuing people in the workplace, embracing the diversity of sexual and gender identities. A supportive work environment that is accepting of peoples’ differences benefits everybody in your organisation.

The certification process tests whether a workplace understands and welcomes sexual and gender diversity. The process involves an on-going quality improvement process.

Getting the Rainbow Tick allows you to show employees, customers and the wider world that you are a progressive, inclusive and dynamic organisation that reflects the community you are based in.

‘Rainbow’ refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex (LGBTTI).

Contact us to find out how to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace for your own organisation.

The business case for diversity

International research shows that diverse and inclusive workplaces are more likely to attract high quality applicants, retain staff, and boost productivity. When an organisation encourages its employees to bring their whole selves to work, these employees are more efficient, more productive, and more loyal to the organisation. When an organisation allows its staff to fully be themselves, it reflects the wider society and is better connected and aware of the full potential of its market. A truly diverse and inclusive environment is directly linked to enhanced performance and strengthened brand reputation.

The Benefits of Rainbow Tick
Attracting good employees and keeping them

Members of the Rainbow Community can pass through an organisation without being seen, as an ‘invisible minority’. If they decide the environment is not welcoming and affirming, they can move on quickly, wasting the investment in their time and training.  Increasingly, Rainbow Community members are not willing to place their skills, enthusiasm and talents in the service of organisations where they are merely tolerated. Organisations need to be pro-active in including these population groups.

Brand Enhancement

People are increasingly considering the implications of their purchasing power. An organisation’s attitudes to sexual orientation and gender identity are important indicators of its integrity and sincerity in embracing the whole community. An organisation that is seen to be discriminatory or insensitive in this area can expect fast, negative and often costly consequences.

Legal Compliance and Risk Mitigation

Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity are illegal in New Zealand, but not all employers or staff know how this applies or what the penalties are for non-compliance. Ensuring that all staff are informed on the requirement to be non-discriminatory is a simple act of risk mitigation.

Diversity & Inclusion training and policies are not about political correctness. It’s about appreciating the skills, knowledge and personal attributes of everyone we work with. It’s about being able to connect better with colleagues and customers by understanding things from their point of view; valuing differences and their contribution to the richness of the organisation.

What do we offer?

Certification process
  • We evaluate your organisation’s level of LGBTTI inclusion in five areas
    • Policies
    • Staff Training
    • Staff Engagement & Support
    • External Engagement
    • Monitoring
  • We provide a training package that is customized to suit your organisation.
  • We provide advice and resources on best practice, including the writing and application of appropriate policies.
  • We provide you with a report based on the results of the evaluation, identifying any recommendations for change.
  • We provide support to your managers and team leaders responsible for a plan of action.

Once the benchmarks are met, you are awarded the Rainbow Tick. This can be displayed and used in any job advertising or business promotion.

To keep your Rainbow Tick certification valid, we review your certification on an annual basis.

Research articles

Approved resources explaining sexual orientation and gender identity:

Counting Ourselves: The health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand

 The LGBT+ First Job survey 

Economic Motives for Adopting LGBT-Related Workplace Policies

Seven ways to create a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQ employees

Workplace contextual supports for LGBT employees

The Rainbow Tick is concerned with the health and wellbeing of Rainbow communities in the workplace. Some of the foundational work and thinking that underpins the project dates back to this report from 2013.

 

About us

The Team

Our team are all highly experienced in diversity matters, are skilled facilitators and trainers, and have in-depth involvement with Rainbow communities.

    Beatrice Clarke
    Programme Director

    Beatrice has a background working in education and using human-centred design methodology to address social issues. She is well-placed at Rainbow Tick to combine her passion for diversity and inclusion with her knowledge of continuous improvement. In her new role as Programme director she brings her experience in project-management and service design.

    Julie Watson
    Programme Manager

    After a teaching career Julie worked for two decades at the Human Rights Commission, one of the highlights of that time was working on the Transgender Inquiry, To be Who I am, and being part of the Intersex roundtable. Currently she is a Programme Manager for Silver Rainbow and Rainbow Tick, is on the Rainbow Advisory group for Auckland City Council and is the production manager for samesame but different, Aotearoa’s only LGBTTIQ+ writers festival. (Auckland)

    Steff Werman
    Programme Manager
    Steff joins the team from the tertiary sector where she worked coordinating academic programmes and student support services. As a ‘neurodiverse’ member of our Rainbow communities, she values creating welcoming environments that build on a team’s diverse strengths, and an inclusive approach to facilitating conversation. Steff became involved with AUTs staff Rainbow network aiming to increase meaningful engagement with members and allies. Rainbow Tick Programme Manager by day – you can also spot her supporting Queer community events and making music with friends as Tweed’s mandolin player.
    Val Little,
    Programme Manager

    Val is based in the Wellington region. She brings a wealth of knowledge in community development and social marketing in a range of roles within local government and the NGO sectors – including mental health, employment, homelessness and anti-stigma/discrimination programmes. She has a passion for social justice, inclusion and visibility for the most marginalised groups in society, particularly for our rainbow whanau. Val is one of the co-organisers of the Paekakariki Pride Festival, an all-inclusive, annual grassroots event that boasts holding the title of the World’s Shortest Pride Parade!

    Elim Ahlers
    Programme Manager

    Elim has joined us from teaching at AUT’s Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences.  With a background in community conservation, he views social change as an exercise that values collaboration and diversity. Through his own transition experiences, Elim is passionate about making workplaces inclusive spaces for transgender employees and the wider LGBTTQIA+ whānau. Outside the office, Elim can be found walking in the bush and practicing his plant ID skills.

    Rainbow Tick is a service of Kāhui Tū Kaha

    To contact us, please email us with details at:

    info@rainbowtick.co.nz

    Phone 09 531 4040

    650 Great South Road, Ellerslie
    PO Box 74270, Greenlane 1051

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