Supporting our people and communities
Our commitment to safety is at the heart of what we do. We believe all injuries are preventable and are committed to our responsibility to get our people home safely every day. Our Safety Leadership Programme (SLP) provides a purpose-built framework for leadership development to enhance safety across the organisation. SLP is facilitated by line managers, bringing credibility to the delivery as they are encouraged to tell their own stories to connect with their teams.
We focus on inclusion and diversity in our business, and are working on fostering an inclusive workplace culture, increasing the representation of women across all parts of the business, maintaining our Rainbow Tick, and increasing leadership opportunities for women, Māori, Pasifika, and indigenous people.
In 2020, we undertook a detailed analysis of pay and implemented gender pay parity reporting processes up to Board level, and to Champions for Change, an organisation advancing inclusion and diversity in New Zealand. Our average female salary across the business is 96% of the average male salary, and we now have plans in place within all our divisions to close this gap.
In FY21, our people-led action groups have been amplified with two new groups. Tātai, Fletcher Building’s Māori Network Group, and the Equality Network Group join our well-established FB Pride Action Group. Tātai originated from our Māori leadership programme, Whakatupu, and officially launched in Matariki. The Equality Network has now over 160 members and provided 93 women with professional development and networking opportunities. FB Pride has been working on activities to support our trans and gender-diverse employees.
Our door is open to talented employees, or future employees, from all backgrounds. To help everyone to get into a great career with us, we have a range of youth development and student scholarships including First Foundation, TupuToa, and other internship and graduate positions. They can all be viewed here.
We also have a responsibility to those who work with us. In FY20 we published our Human Rights Policy and our Supplier Code of Conduct, outlining how we and our suppliers will ensure ethical treatment of people who work with us. We support labour rights and freedom of association for our people and within in our supply chain, and 23% of our workforce are part of a union and/or or covered by collective bargaining agreements. In FY21, we focused on identifying areas with potential risk for forms of modern slavery in our supply chain, completed risk assessments to identify where to focus, and published our Modern Slavery Statement in March 2021