Corporate Social Responsibility
NZX as market operator and front line regulator
NZX plays a critical role in supporting the development of New Zealand’s capital markets. The equity and debt markets which NZX operates provide access to capital that support the growth and expansion of New Zealand businesses.
As a licensed market operator, NZX is required to regulate the conduct of issuers and participants on its markets. In order to be an effective regulator, NZX pro-actively addresses market trends, changes in technology and law, and developments in international best practice.
NZX is also responsible for developing and enhancing the market rules, practices and policies under which NZX’s markets operate. During 2016, NZX progressed a number of important policy initiatives, including a comprehensive review of its corporate governance best practice code. Further information in relation to NZX’s policy initiatives can be found here.
NZX also contributes to important public policy discussions and consultation processes. This reflects NZX’s leadership role in New Zealand’s capital markets.
NZX in the community
Shares for Good
Shares for Good, is a collaboration between NZX, JBWere, Computershare and Link Market Services that allows investors to donate small parcels of shares to a designated charity, which can often cause more of an administrative burden than benefit to investors. All partners waive the fees associated with donations to ensure the viability of the programme. The Graeme Dingle Foundation is the current Shares for Good recipient.
Annual fundraising dinner for the Graeme Dingle Foundation
NZX hosted its annual fundraising dinner to raise proceeds for the Graeme Dingle Foundation. The dinner raised $20,000 for the foundation.
Financial literacy initiatives
NZX launched a retail investor education website called invested.co.nz with the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) in 2015. This partnership continued in 2016 with additional video content added to the website.
AUT Shadow a leader
NZX participated in AUT’s annual Shadow as Leader day. This day aims to give students of Auckland secondary schools and AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law the opportunity to follow a senior business leader to better understand what it takes to succeed in that leader’s field. In 2016, two students shadowed NZX Head of Funds Management, Aaron Jenkins.
NZX offices continued to hold community volunteer days in 2016. Employees completed a range of work including volunteering at the Auckland City Mission, the Motutapu Restoration Trust and the Mary Potter Hospice.
The First Foundation partners with corporates to provide tertiary fee assistance and part-time work for academically talented New Zealanders who are unable to meet the costs associated with university education. NZX sponsored two students in 2016.
Victoria University of Wellington Business School - excellence awards
NZX sponsored three Victoria University of Wellington Business School excellence awards in 2016.
NZX acknowledges that increased gender diversity at Board and senior management level is associated with better financial performance. Under NZX Listing Rule 10.4.5 (j) a Main Board issuer is required to provide a quantitative breakdown in its annual report as to the gender composition of the issuer’s Directors and Officers, as at the issuer’s balance date, and include comparative figures for the prior balance date of the issuer. NZX publishes this data quarterly and it can be accessed at: www.nzx.com/regulation/diversity_statistics
NZX diversity commitment
As a listed issuer, NZX is required to report its own quantitative breakdown of the gender composition of its Directors and Officers. NZX figures as at 31 December 2016 can be found on page 31 of its Annual Report.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
NZX established this committee in 2016 and its objective is to provide a link between the Board and employees to establish and implement improved diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organisation.
Member of Diversity Works
NZX is a member of Diversity Works NZ, which assists employers to implement strategies to encourage diversity in the workplace, including the recruitment and development of people on the basis of unbiased merit.
Women in Finance event
NZX held its first Women’s Industry event in 2016. As part of NZX’s growing focus on career development, female employees were invited to hear from senior women in the finance industry who agreed to speak about their experiences. NZX intends to build on this initiative in 2017.
Health and Safety
NZX is committed to providing all employees with a safe and healthy workplace.
NZX Health & Safety Committee
This committee meets every six weeks and agenda items include discussing employee well-being, identifying common workplace hazards, and ensuring emergency protocols and systems are current and readily accessible.