Corporate culture should embrace community partnerships

Sir Stephen Tindall outlines an inimitable formula

Venkat Raman

Companies that promote benevolent partnerships with the communities are significant contributors in building a stronger New Zealand, Sir Stephen Tindall, Founder-Chairman of The Warehouse Group (TWG) has said.

“For us, Citizenship means more than community partnerships. Helping New Zealanders live better lives is in our DNA. What keeps The Warehouse Group strong is that we do what is right for the Team, our Customers and our Community. We do it sustainably, responsibility and we do it right and we do it with pride,” he said.

Sir Stephen was speaking at the Eighth Annual Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture held at Pullman Hotel in Auckland on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Strategic compass

Citizenship is providing a strategic compass for future growth a better future, he said.

“We are leading with our progressive policies in Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing, Safety and Government Relations. For example, ‘Red Shirts in the Community’ is a Partnership Programme, launched with the Ministry of Social Development, supported 1000 young people in need last year. During the three weeks of the Programme, young people learn foundational skills and within three months, more than 70% find some form of paid employment,” Sir Stephen said.

Earlier, in his opening remarks former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand said that Sir Stephen is renowned as a philanthropist and businessman, occupying a place in public attention.

“Stephen had schooled himself in two of the leading department store enterprises as a younger person and then devised an idea for a ‘Made in New Zealand’ successor.  He has rightly been acknowledged by business, civic and government with many awards and decorations,” he said.

Ethnic Communities and Building & Construction Minister Jenny Salesa was the Master of Ceremonies while Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed the guests. Former Member of Parliament Dr Rajen Prasad presented his appraisal of St Stephen’s speech under ‘Reflections.’

The Lecture, the last in the ‘Sir Anand Satyanand’ series, was attended by Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli, Members of Parliament, two District Commanders and officers of the New Zealand Police and other law enforcers and top officials of companies were among those present.

Additional Reading: Pages 2, 3 and 12.

Photo Caption:

Sir Stephen Tindall, Sir Anand Satyanand, Lady Susan Satyanand and Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli posed for this special photograph with a few guests. (Picture by Narendra Bedekar, Creative Eye Informatics).

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