Background - our aspiration to be 'best in class'

ANZ's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy - Bringing EDI to Life

Our organisational values and behaviours

At ANZ equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are core components of our organisational values and behaviours. 

ANZ Aotearoa New Zealand’s Leadership Team aspire to be best in class in equity, diversity and inclusion, and having reviewed where their business is currently at, they therefore understand what it might take to close the gap.

In support of this goal, the leadership team have already agreed to the following new EDI organisation behaviours:

  1. Shift in focus from being an equal opportunity organisation to an equal outcome organisation.
  2. Adopt the use of an equity analysis tool (EIA) on key products, services and change processes.
  3. Collect and use a broader range of diversity data.
  4. Make greater use of real time diversity reports when making hiring decisions.
  5. Make greater use of positive action – including the formalised use of targets.

How we developed our EDI strategy

This EDI strategy has been developed through involvement, consultation and engagement with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. Engagement within ANZ was heavily focused on listening to really understand concerns, aspirations, expectations and challenges.

The EDI strategy includes actions and outcomes that reflect the consistent messages which were fed back from internal stakeholders which are very much aligned with ANZ’s behaviours, “create, deliver, together,” to deliver on our purpose “to shape a world where people and communities thrive”.

Collective ownership

Whilst the Talent & Culture Team will provide subject matter expertise and coordination, the EDI strategy will require collective ownership and the active participation of leaders, managers, employee Affinity Network Groups and all colleagues across the business in order to achieve the goal of being ‘best in class’.

Setting a clear road map

The purpose of this three-year EDI strategy – ‘Bringing EDI to Life’ – is to set out a clear road map of how ANZ intends to bring to life its EDI commitments and priorities, the role key stakeholders will play and the key measures that will be used to track our success.

This document sets out the vision (where the culmination of our effort and investment will take the bank), objectives and outcomes (the broad areas we need to develop and embed across the bank and the people and organisational benefits of undertaking this), and the priorities where we will focus our energies (the specific actions and changes that will be taken forward to achieve the objectives).

Our leadership team

Scott St John

Chair ANZ New Zealand Board

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy represents some important values for ANZ Aotearoa – values which define the way we aim to interact with our customers and build our team and culture. 

I’m excited to be part of a business which prioritises inclusivity, and places such high value on having diverse representation and views at all levels. 

I strongly believe that decisions made with a broad set of perspectives are more informed decisions. Likewise, I believe our people here at ANZ should reflect the customers we work for and the communities we’re a part of. 

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy continues to define this challenge and set targets so we can hold ourselves to account. 

Antonia Watson

Group Executive and CEO, New Zealand

ANZ’s People Agenda is critical to the performance of our bank. 

This agenda supports our business to create an equitable and inclusive workplace where the diversity of our workforce in its broadest sense can be leveraged to the benefit of our customers and Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are striving to be an equal outcome employer, which will take the courage of all our leaders to be willing to play a role in addressing the barriers experienced by some in our society, for the benefit of all of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, coupled with our Te Ao Māori Strategy Tākiri-ā-Rangi, support the achievement of this agenda and the transformation of our business for the long term. 

Tim Horgan

General Manager, Talent & Culture, New Zealand and Pacific

Strong cultures are built around the desire to provide fair access and opportunity for all the people we deal with – whether that’s our people, or the customers, stakeholders and communities we’re privileged to deal with.  

I am really proud to lead and be part of a team which is focused on improving and driving change for ANZ Aotearoa, and providing the skills and training for our teams and business areas to do this.  

This strategy is ANZ Aotearoa’s acknowledgement of the amazing benefits that equity, diversity and inclusion brings, and its commitment to being a market leader in this area. 

For more information on our strategy

ANZ - A great place to belong

We believe in the inherent strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace. To find out more, take a look at our careers section to see what life is like at ANZ.