AIA NZ is proud to announce it has been awarded the Accessibility Tick in recognition of its demonstrated commitment to accessibility, neurodiversity and disability inclusion.
The Accessibility Tick programme is the flagship programme of the NZ Disability Employers' Network. It is a member programme designed to help organisations with their strategic journeys to becoming more disability inclusive employers and accessible for disabled people.
Nick Stanhope, AIA NZ Chief Executive Officer says: “I am delighted to accept the Accessibility Tick on behalf of AIA NZ and stand alongside many other great New Zealand businesses.”
“At AIA NZ we believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace where all our people feel that they belong, can bring their whole, unique selves to work, and be the best they can every day. Our purpose is to help people live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives, and we apply this philosophy to all our service offerings and products.
“With approximately a quarter of New Zealanders affected by a physical, sensory, learning, mental health or other impairment, we understand disability and neurodiversity touches all aspects of our business – our people, our customers and partners as well as our wider community – and we are committed to working with our AIA NZ whānau to ensure we’re meeting their accessibility needs,” says Nick.
To mark the occasion, AIA NZ was joined by Phil Turner, Chief Executive of New Zealand Disability Employers’ Network and home of the Accessibility Tick, for a special presentation of AIA NZ’s Accessibility Tick certificate and Braille plate, alongside members of AIA NZ’s fantastic Accessibility Committee who have worked tirelessly to make the achievement possible.
“Making a workplace accessible benefits everyone and I want to congratulate AIA NZ for its efforts in understanding its current disability and neurodiversity inclusion state, making meaningful progress towards improving outcomes, but most of all for its commitment to continuously improve.”
“So often disabled and neurodiverse people are excluded because hiring managers think they have needs that are greater than others. However, most are more than capable of contributing incredibly meaningfully to the workplace and it is heartening to work with organisations like AIA NZ who are embracing the accessibility journey and serving their people in this way,” says Phil.