Diversity and inclusion
We’re proud to celebrate the many characteristics that make each of us different. We’re committed to improving the inclusiveness of our workplace, enabling our people to be authentic and helping us better understand and respond to our customers. We believe diversity allows us to identify new opportunities, solve problems and make the right decisions.
Many of our people contribute to our inclusive culture through Heartland’s groups and committees, including our Rainbow Committee, Health & Wellbeing Committee, Diversity Committee, Manawa Whenua (our internal network for Māori employees and allies) and our Pasifika Group.
Embracing te reo and tikanga Māori
We aspire to be a workplace that Māori want to be part of. Embracing te reo and tikanga Māori adds another dimension of value to Heartland while at the same time creating a place that Māori can relate to and feel confident to join. Heartland was recognised as a finalist in the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ in relation to our Manawa Ako internship programme which provides an opportunity for the next generation of Māori and Pasifika to experience working in the financial sector and a corporate environment.
Our Rainbow community
We value all our people and embrace the diversity of sexualities and gender identities at Heartland. Our Rainbow Committee leads our rainbow activities throughout the year, including Pride Month, Sweat with Pride and Red Friday. We’re also working towards achieving the Rainbow Tick to help ensure we are doing all we can to provide a supportive work environment that is accepting of all people.
Creating opportunities for rangatahi
We provide opportunities for our younger employees to drive meaningful change. Employees aged 35 and under can apply annually for a position on the Rangatahi Advisory Board. The Rangatahi Advisory Board provides a forum for selected employees to influence and diversify the perspectives of the leadership team and the board by providing unique insights on strategic initiatives.
A Hearing Accredited Workplace
Working with the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Heartland recently became a Hearing Accredited Workplace. Hearing loss has a significant impact on the New Zealand workforce. The accreditation helps us make hearing awareness part of our everyday conversation – breaking down any communication barriers we may have within Heartland and between us and our customers.
Latest diversity news
This International Women’s Day, we wanted to share what our female leaders have to say about being women in business.
Te wiki o te reo Māori is an opportunity for New Zealanders to embrace te reo and tikanga Māori. But it shouldn’t be the only time we do so.
The importance of women in work is no longer disputed, but some perceptions about structure and gender haven’t quite caught up.
Manawa Ako, our internship programme, helps Heartland embrace and normalise tikanga and te reo Māori.
Inclusion is a vital element of a business’ sustainability and social purpose. It is the right thing to do – mahi tika.