Inclusive Workplace Secures Gender Tick Accreditation

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021. Since becoming one of the first companies to receive accreditation back in 2018, the company has continued to work towards creating and maintaining a gender-inclusive workplace.

The Gender Tick is a New Zealand-based accreditation that recognises organisations for their leadership and compliance in matters of gender in the workplace. The accreditation process includes independent validation that an organisation’s people, policies and processes promote a healthy workplace for all genders.

“Since first receiving The Gender Tick accreditation back in 2018, we have continued to examine ourselves as a business. We have looked at ways to maintain an engaged and healthy workplace culture, that offers career development, equal pay and safety for all,” said Chris Litchfield, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Pacific.

The Gender Tick is an acknowledgement of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand’s focus on five key principles of the accreditation including Gender Inclusive Culture, Safe Workplace, Flexible Work and Leave, Equal Pay and Career Development.

The company’s commitment to the principle of Career Development for all has been demonstrated via two recent additions to its Pacific Leadership Team. The additions include a new General Manager of People & Culture, Clare Parkes, to help lead people functions, and the appointment of new General Counsel & Company Secretary, Angela Demoor. Parkes has decades of experience across a variety of industries, including FMCG, working in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. After 20 years abroad and joining the Coca-Cola family in 2017, Demoor has previously brought immense value to the team in Europe.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand constantly works to focus on leadership development among women in its team with programmes such as ‘Lean In,’ which was nominated in the Diversity & Inclusion category at this year’s HR Awards. Additionally, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has partnered with the team in Australia to deliver the David Gonski programme which runs over a six-month period for women across the business who are on a leadership pathway. It provides them with the tools and capabilities to explore opportunities and challenges in their future careers.

Parkes and Demoor join Litchfield to lead the Pacific team and will continue to drive these principles alongside Liz O’Neil, Chief Financial Officer, Wendy Rayner, General Manager Strategy and Brand, John Truscott, General Manager Supply Chain, Steve Inch, General Manager - Sales & Customer Service, and Sunil Dhunnookchand, General Manager IT.

“We are pleased to receive The Gender Tick accreditation again this year and are committed, as a leadership team and as a business, to consistently re-examine what we can do better to work by its principals,” concluded Litchfield.