On Wednesday 14 October, Westpac New Zealand launched their #YouBeingYou video to support the It Gets Better project.
The video features Westpac employees who identify as LGBT sharing their coming out stories and how although there were tough times on their life journey, it always gets better.
Westpac New Zealand's CEO David McLean said at the event:
What we're here to do tonight is to celebrate those stories, and something else that's very important to us at Westpac: diversity and inclusion... It's wonderful to live in a nation that has led the way for change, for over a century taking a stand on issues and forging a more inclusive society.We've come a long way. But we still have a way to go.
This year we surveyed 1,000 Kiwis with Nielsen and we found that nearly half of all employees in NZ, whether gay or straight, don't feel they can be their authentic selves at work. We need to address this to unlock the potential of our people and create workplaces and communities that celebrate in everyone being themselves.
Help make New Zealand, and the world, more inclusive. You Being You: Celebrate being true to yourself.