How to be good

03 December, 2018 by
FMCG Business
The Coca-Cola Amatil team at the Gender Tick celebrations. (L to R) Martin Nichols - Head of Culture and Capabilities; Hannah Jenkins – Organisational Development Consultant; Susan Lowe – People and Culture (HR) Director; Kate McKay – HR Consultant – Sales and Marketing; Heidi Somerville - Senior OD Consultant - Human Resources; Neil Waka - Corporate Affairs Manager.

The season for giving is upon us, which means it’s a good time for businesses to reflect on all the positive programmes they’ve implemented over the last year. For Coca-Cola New Zealand*, 2018 has been a year of new and continued initiatives which have had a positive impact on local communities and employees.

In October, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ was one of the first companies in New Zealand to receive the Gender Tick. As a founding member, Coca-Cola received the accreditation after being recognised for its leadership and compliance in matters of gender in the workplace. The accreditation process included independent validation that an organisation’s people, policies and processes promote a healthy workplace for all genders.


General Manager of People & Culture at Coca- Cola Amatil NZ, Susan Lowe, says it’s a privilege and honour to be involved in the Gender Tick accreditation and both organisations’ values naturally align.

As well as receiving the Gender Tick, Coca- Cola Amatil NZ has again received the Rainbow Tick accreditation, recognising its commitment to building a truly diverse and inclusive culture. The Rainbow Tick is an international accreditation, where businesses are formally recognised as LGBTQAI+ friendly. It’s a mark of confidence to show an organisation’s high standard for their diversity and inclusion efforts. This year, Amatil NZ exceeded the standard required to maintain its Rainbow Tick certification, which shows its commitment to fostering a truly inclusive and welcoming workplace for Rainbow communities.

For the third year running, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ has received the prestigious Aon Hewitt Best Employer Accreditation. To receive this accreditation, businesses are put through a stringent auditing process. With an exceptional engagement score of 86%, Amatil NZ’s continued efforts to listen and act on feedback received from staff was highlighted as a key element in gaining the accreditation.

Coca-Cola Amatil NZ Managing Director, Chris Litchfield, is extremely proud of his company’s achievements and was honoured to receive this accreditation once again.

“Scoring the elusive hat trick doesn’t come by accident. It’s through our dedication, staying true to our values and an uncompromising ability to do what’s right by our people, customers and community that has put us into an elite group of organisations,” says Litchfield.

Coca-Cola’s Designated Driver programme has returned for a third year and just in time for summer. The programme provides non-alcoholic beverages to Designated Drivers across New Zealand. The Coca-Cola Designated Driver programme has been gaining momentum year-on-year and continues its dedication to rewarding those who volunteer to be a Designated Driver this festive season.

Coca-Cola’s great year of achievements will be capped off by their annual concert event – Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park. Celebrating its 25- year birthday with the original founder, Annette Chillingworth (Head of Activation at Coca-Cola Oceania), still at the helm, this year’s events will be held in Auckland and Christchurch with tens of thousands in attendance. “The nation’s favourite Christmas party” is free for all to attend and continues to be focused on giving back to the community.

Being a successful business in today’s current environment takes team work and commitment to more than just the bottom line. Caring about your people and local community can add value to a company, keep employees engaged and help you become one of the best workplaces in New Zealand.

*Coca-Cola New Zealand includes both Coca-Cola Amatil and CCO (Coca-Cola Oceania) organisations.