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Championing Change at Russell McVeagh

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Published on: May 30, 2017

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Russell McVeagh is proud to be part of a group of New Zealand's leading organisations who are voluntarily committing to a new diversity reporting framework, announced today by Champions for Change.

Russell McVeagh Chief Executive Officer and Champion for Change Gary McDiarmid says the firm supports this commitment to change and accountability which is focusing on gender and ethnicity reporting within the workforce and across boards. 

"This commitment from leading New Zealand organisations to effect change is extremely powerful. Agreement on this measurable framework will help New Zealand's top organisations to identify key areas of focus for creating working environments that are welcoming and inclusive to all. This shows that this country's top business leaders recognise the benefits associated from embracing the richness of diversity and inclusion.

"Building an environment for success means continually working on strategies and putting measures in place to help a wide range of talent succeed and being able to measure progress of diversity initiatives will aid in achieving diversity and inclusion goals – and result in lasting change throughout New Zealand organisations and society.

"The reporting framework will help New Zealand's business leaders to think differently about how we are serving this country's young talent and what type of opportunities and organisational cultures we need to be developing within our organisations," he says.

As a strong promoter of gender equality, diversity and inclusion within the firm and the wider market, Gary has played a leading role in developing, implementing and tracking the success of Russell McVeagh's own firm-wide Diversity Project.

"At Russell McVeagh, we believe that continuing to further diversity and inclusion is key to our people, our clients and our continued success as a firm. In our own diversity journey, we too started with gender as an area of focus, in order to properly embed change. With our firm's female partners now making up close to 30% of the partnership, gender diversity continues to remain a key focus. By way of comparison, fifteen years ago, this was 3%. We have had some success but there is still some way to go," adds Mr McDiarmid.

Russell McVeagh's Diversity Project launched in 2014, and over the last few years has devoted partners' and senior management meetings to sessions focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives and unconscious bias training. The Board receives a quarterly report to show whether the firm have undertaken the gender diversity initiatives committed to, and as importantly, whether they are working. Employee engagement surveys are undertaken regularly to gauge how far the firm has come.

For further information, please contact:

Joanna Comerford
Corporate Communications Manager
[email protected]
D: +64 4 819 7520