Why take the Pledge?
Diverse panels are more interesting
It’s easy to understand that diversity of thought from panellists makes for a better, more interesting and informative discussion. Those from different backgrounds can offer unique perspectives, so the audience is more likely to gain insights and deeper understanding of the topics covered. Panellists that represent a wider population group are more likely to accurately reflect public views on a topic.
Diverse views better reflect our society
Fairness is the Kiwi way, with hundreds of ethnicities co-existing (particularly in Auckland), it is the inclusive thing to do to give people a fair go and the opportunity to be heard. It is also an approach that fosters a more accurate reflection of input from our complete society, rather than one dominant perspective.
Your ability to influence matters
Champions for Change commit to standing up for more inclusive panels and pressing for change. As business leaders, Champions pledge to inquire about efforts to ensure women and ethnic minority groups are considered and represented whenever they are invited to be involved in, or sponsor, a conference or panel.
Opportunity to maximise impact
There is the opportunity to maximise the impact of diverse representation on speaking panels in our country. Inform your team so they can support you in your commitment. Extend the pledge to your own organisation to ensure all forums your organisation runs or sponsors take gender balance and diversity into account.