AA Insurance and Southern Cross recognized for diversity efforts

AA Insurance and Southern Cross recognized for diversity efforts | Insurance Business

AA Insurance and Southern Cross recognized for diversity efforts

Two New Zealand insurers, AA Insurance and Southern Cross Health Society, have received awards at the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ, the winners of which were announced on September 16.

Southern Cross Health Society received a highly commended accolade in the Work Life Balance category for its Switch2well staff-health programme.

According to the awards’ judging convener Kirstin Te Wao, Southern Cross Health Society has used its expertise in the health and wellbeing arena to create a long-term programme with significant benefits for its team.

“This is a holistic programme that rewards staff for engagement and hauora (wellbeing) outcomes,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, AA Insurance received a highly commended accolade in the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion category for its internal support network launched to help staff experiencing domestic violence issues.

Te Wao said the initiative is courageously addressing domestic violence in Aotearoa, a topic that is becoming ever more important in the workplace.

“A major factor in its success is that it is being implemented by staff from right across the business with great support from their leadership team.”

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment garnered the Supreme Award, the event’s top prize. New Zealand Police topped the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion category, while Aurecon led the Work Life Balance category.