Why We Exist

NZEE exists to support employers within New Zealand’s Primary Industries to improve human rights in their supply chain, by developing effective approaches to implement the NZEE Human Rights Policy and Workplace Standards.

We aim to improve end-to-end quality of employment, to raise standards, and create a rights respecting baseline to level the playing field so that competitiveness is not at the expense of the worker.

NZEE is relevant to the expectations underlying mandatory human rights and supply chain due diligence in the EU and for those trading with EU, as set out in the EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

NZEE’s mission is to represent, protect and build a strong organization that provides a sustainable high-quality service to our members, to make a positive difference to workers' lives.

We are committed to decisive and collaborative action to drive ethical business practices in NZ. 

NZEE Human Rights Policy

This Policy is guided by international human rights principles encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including those contained within the International Bill of Rights and the International Labor Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

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NZEE Workplace Standards

Respect for human rights is a core value of NZEE. We work to respect and promote human rights by following the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). 

For the purposes of these Workplace Standards, human rights are a set of rights which recognise the inherent dignity, freedom, and equality of all human beings, as expressed in the United Nation’s International Bill of Human Rights and in the International Labour Organisation’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and as stipulated in any relevant New Zealand Human Rights laws.

View our Workplace Standards