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  • Diversity and Inclusion
    Spark believes in building a culture where everyone has a high sense of belonging and is accepted, welcomed and valued. As one of New Zealand's leading employers, Spark believes that if it can unleash the potential of its own employees, it can make a difference to its diverse customer base and the ever-changing make up of New Zealand. Spark strives to be an inclusive company where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work. There are more than 60 nationalities across Spark’s talented workforce and in FY17 it recognised and celebrated a number of events that embrace the diversity of Spark people including:
    • Diwali
    • Lunar New Year
    • ANZAC Day
    • Matariki and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    • Eid al-Fitr
    • NZ Sign Language Week
    • Chinese Language Week
    • Samoan Language Week
    • Cook Island Language Week
    • White Ribbon Appeal

    Women in Leadership
    At Spark, diversity in leadership is encouraged at all levels of the organisation. The Board is committed to promoting women in leadership at Spark and encouraging a diverse pipeline of leaders and employees, with a focus on inclusion.
    • Increased female Directors from 17% to 38% of the total Board, including the Managing Director, as at 30 June 2017
    • Proportion of females on the Managing Director’s Leadership Team increased from 17% in FY16 to 29% in FY17

    Champions for Change
    Managing Director Simon Moutter and Chairman Mark Verbiest are both members of Champions for Change, a group of New Zealand leaders from across the public and private sectors who are committed to raising the value of diversity and inclusion within their organisations. By fully embracing the vision of Champions for Change, Spark will enjoy the benefits of unleashing the potential of all New Zealanders and creating:
    • A united, diverse and inclusive workforce
    • ‘Inclusion’ firmly embedded into Spark culture
    • Visible leadership and sponsorship
    • Partnerships with organisations who share the same values and commitment to inclusion

    Spark is the first company in New Zealand’s telecommunications sector to achieve the Rainbow Tick certification. Rainbow Tick is a continuous quality improvement programme designed to help an organisation ensure it is an inclusive workplace for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. Spark fast-tracked its application process and achieved the accreditation in only 9 months – much faster than most other organisations. This followed the positive engagement that resulted from its first corporate entry in a Pride parade. There is more work to be done in this area but the achievement demonstrates the willingness of Spark people to create a strong culture of inclusiveness where it’s easier for everyone to bring their whole selves to work.

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