Primary Industries Good Employer Awards

Recognising and celebrating our exceptional primary industries employers. Entries close on 5 February 2021.

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Entries opened on 11 January

We're accepting entries until 5 February 2021.

Find out how to enter

Media release about the 2021 good employer awards

The aims of the good employer awards

The good employer awards aim to:

  • highlight good employers and good employment practices across all primary industries
  • encourage employers in the primary industries to strive for good practice
  • change perceptions about employers in the primary industries.

There are 4 award categories: employee development, safe and healthy work environment, Māori agribusiness, and a supreme award presented by the Minister of Agriculture.

Employee Development Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have an effective employee development programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • providing a fair and unbiased recruitment process, and telling new employees about the organisation and the opportunities available to them
  • supporting employee development through training, coaching, and mentoring
  • providing equal opportunities for employees to move up and through the organisation in a positive way, and providing performance management practices that are transparent and fair
  • having a transparent remuneration system which is regularly reviewed, ensures equitable job opportunities and conditions, and recognises employee contributions
  • providing opportunities for staff to participate in organisational decisions.

Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have an effective health and safety programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • supporting and encouraging employee participation in health and safety, and taking a proactive approach to employee health and wellbeing
  • providing a workplace where employees are safe from harassment and bullying
  • empowering employees by respecting what makes them different
  • providing a workplace where employees can balance work with the rest of their lives.

Māori Agribusiness Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide good employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have in place an effective programme in employee development or health and safety
  • identify as a Māori agribusiness
  • provide pathways for Māori employees to advance in the organisation
  • can incorporate tikanga Māori to increase individual, community, hapu, and iwi outcomes.

Supreme Award presented by the Minister of Agriculture

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the workplace
  • share their ideas and resources among others to lift expectations of great employment in their region
  • have a highly effective programme in employee development or health and safety.

Entering the awards

Entries opened on 11 January and close on 5 February 2021.

Which category should I enter?

You should choose the category best suited to your application. To find out more about the award categories, refer to the entry criteria in the awards guidance document.

Read the awards guidance document for more information [PDF, 783 KB]

You can enter more than one category but you must submit a separate application for each category. Entries will be accepted from individuals and organisations. You can nominate yourself, or you can nominate someone else. Previous winners and finalists can enter the awards again in 2021.

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