Protecting Our People
In New Zealand and across the world, demand is increasing for businesses to look after the wellbeing of their employees. While many New Zealanders can’t conceive of workers being treated poorly, exploitation occurs here every day.
Workers must be able to raise any concerns about their employment terms and conditions without fear of penalty or other retaliation by their employer. The aim should be a speedy resolution of any such issues to ensure any harm is as small as possible and quickly remediated.
NZEE expects its members to operate in a fair & respectful manner at all times, to hold themselves accountable and demonstrate the highest standards of employment practice.
The key lever for this accountability is the membership mechanism.
- adhering to a Human Rights Policy
- independently audited by a third party
- frontend verification by third party investigator
- provide evidence of their compliance with membership criteria
- requiring the use of a Worker Voice survey to capture the voice of the worker
Compliance is reviewed annually. Non-compliant members are exited, and supported to improve through an improvement plan carried out by an independent third party. Current members are listed on the NZEE website for public accountability.
Creating environments where people want to work and feel they offer value & impact is important. By collectively committing to and promoting these values and principles, we can foster employment environments that advances the safety, security, and welfare of all people.
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