18th September 2019
AIA New Zealand recognised for its commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment
AIA New Zealand was announced Supreme Winner of the 2019 White Camellia Awards at a ceremony at Wellington’s Parliament
Buildings on Tuesday night.
The awards celebrate organisational commitment to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a UN Women and UN Global
Compact initiative which encourages gender equality in the workplace. The Supreme Award is awarded to organisations that
demonstrate exceptional commitment to gender equality in the workplace and working with the community to empower women.
As well as the Supreme Award, AIA New Zealand received awards for corporate leadership (WEP 1), health safety and
wellbeing (WEP 3), and measuring and reporting on progress to achieve gender equality (WEP 7).
Brynlea Hunter-Morpeth, AIA’s Chief People and Culture Officer said;
“AIA New Zealand is committed to a gender diverse and balanced workplace with an inclusive culture that supports and
empowers women to succeed, so we are honoured to receive this award.”
AIA New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick Stanhope, said;
“Our goal to have 50% of women in managerial and above level roles was achieved in 2016. Six out of our ten executive
leaders are now women, two of whom are Maori.”
In 2018, AIA/Sovereign received a White Camellia Award based on the first and seventh principles; the company was upheld
as a leading example of a New Zealand organisation that promotes education, training and professional development for
women in the workplace.
Judges recognise businesses that are promoting gender equity by introducing measures that support the UN's Empowerment
Principles; leadership promotes gender equality; equal opportunity, inclusion and non-discrimination; health, safety and
freedom from violence; education and training; enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices; community
leadership and engagement; and transparency, measuring and reporting.
THE UN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
For more information visit: www.weps.org.nz
About AIA New Zealand
Since AIA arrived in New Zealand in 1981, it has consistently provided the market with innovative personal and business
insurance products that suit the Kiwi way of life. In July 2018, the AIA Group acquired Sovereign, becoming the largest
life insurer in New Zealand.
AIA offers a complete range of risk management products that focus on the needs of customers. AIA New Zealand is based
in Auckland, with regional offices in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. AIA New Zealand is a member of the
Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme and the Health Funds Association of New Zealand.