Jolie Hodson, CE
“Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the core of how we operate and we are dedicated to creating a Spark that is truly reflective of Aotearoa.
Our commitment to authentically weaving the "huka huka" (threads) of meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion into our people experiences is demonstrated through our Blue Heart movement, gender and ethnicity equity ambitions and culture mahi.
To date our progress has seen us exceed our 40:40:20 gender ambitions at the Board, Leadership Squad, and senior leadership levels, and reduce our median gender pay gap by 6% to 22%. Additionally we have moved our ethnicity data from 19% to 65% of our people, remaining on track to achieve 80% ethnicity insights, which enables us to build momentum in attracting, promoting and unlocking diverse talent.
As we look ahead to 2026 we continue to make strong progress using data, insight, and co-creation practices to curate leading inclusive people experiences and engagement. This includes our commitment to our people’s wellbeing through our Mahi Tahi programme and accessibility initiatives through our ways of working practices. However, our boldest ambition is to uplift our Māori and Pasifika representation by 5 percentage points alongside focussed initiatives for clear pathways and progression. This kaupapa will be guided by our Māori strategy, Te Korowai Tupu, and meaningful approaches to partnering, up-skilling and building future talent of Aotearoa”.