2degrees, a Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) portfolio company, is a telecommunications business whose declared purpose is to make New Zealand “a better place to live”.3 It employs over 1,600 people across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.4
2degrees’ workforce is comprised of 66 different ethnicities,5 spanning different generations and with roles ranging from customer service to engineering and fieldwork. Until two years ago, the company had no formal strategy for advancing inclusivity and equity across its diverse team. To deliver on its purpose and secure the benefits that diversity and inclusivity can bring, a new approach was required.
With the support of its people, 2degrees underwent the Rainbow Tick accreditation process. The Rainbow Tick is a certification mark for organisations in New Zealand to show they understand, and are welcoming of, sexual and gender diversity.
The program sought to ensure 2degrees’ workforce played a central role in the strategy’s development, exploring the team’s feelings about its existing culture and where the business could better support its people to thrive inside and outside of the workplace. The results helped shape the new strategy focused on four pillars: fostering a culture of inclusion; improving gender balance; building cultural capability and establishing appropriate governance.6
By including its people in every step of its DEIB strategy development, 2degrees has laid the foundations for a truly inclusive culture.”
Head of Infrastructure, ANZ
Macquarie Asset Management