You are safe with me
‘Rainbow Laces’ is one of a number of initiatives developed by our New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion team. It aims to empower employees, enabling them to create a safe environment where colleagues can confidently bring their whole selves to work. By choosing to wear rainbow laces, employees visibly show their support for the rainbow community, which encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people (LGBTQI+).
The impact of Rainbow Laces extends beyond site boundaries. By wearing the laces outside the workplace employees send a powerful message, triggering conversations about diversity and inclusion with families, friends and communities. Hundreds of pairs of laces were worn across our New Zealand and Pacific Island businesses, with money raised in FY2019 directed to RainbowYouth, a charitable organisation which supports LGBTQI+ youth in New Zealand / Aotearoa through counselling and mentoring programs.