We are focused on making sure our Foodies whānau have what they need to be their best selves.
Supporting our people
We are committed to being a Cooperative (Co-op) that celebrates our people, our taonga, so they feel a sense of belonging in our Foodies whānau. We welcome courageous behaviour, inspire togetherness, and most importantly we celebrate our people every day for being uniquely them.
Some of the initiatives we've got in place to support diversity and inclusion are:
Ruia Te Kākano
Our Māori and Pasifika leadership programme is focused on using indigenous values to explore what leadership means for the individual. This is in the context of exploring wellbeing for themselves, their whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider Foodies team.
The Rainbow Tribe
The Rainbow Tribe came out of the Foodstuffs closet and was born in 2021, forming a unique group of team members from around the Support Centre - those who identify as part of the Rainbow community plus some awesome allies.
Here at Foodstuffs, we’re continuously working towards an environment where all our whānau feel comfortable being their authentic selves every day.
Future Leaders Advocacy Group (FLAG)
Born out of a need for diverse thinking at our board and executive level, FLAG was set up in November 2019 to provide a leadership development opportunity for Foodies early in their careers. The aim? To empower younger generations so they can challenge decision-making, ensuring Foodies continues thriving in years to come.
Partnering with TupuToa
As a major partner of TupuToa who seek to grow Māori and Pacific leaders, we regularly support initiatives such as the TupuToa intern programme.
"My experience as a TupuToa intern at Foodies was incredible. Everyone was welcoming and I was supported by awesome mentors who gave me ample opportunity to engage and contribute where possible. The company environment gave me the freedom to connect with other teams which helped me see that Foodies is made up of different components working together as one big team with the sole interest of providing customer-driven value to all New Zealanders from all walks of life. Foodies partnership with TupuToa means more diverse thinking and decision making and it’s exciting knowing that more young Pasifika talent will be passing through their doors in the future." - Amaryah Halo, Customer Products Intern, IT
Fostering a positive and safe culture is our jam. Our goal is to make sure everyone goes home safe every day by focusing on safer people, safer workplaces and safer systems.
Our wellbeing strategy focuses on four areas:
- financial, and
- mental wellbeing.
We're proud to say our hard work is paying off. Our workplace meets the highest level of ACC standards for safety systems and injury management of our injured workers.
Wellbeing during COVID-19
When COVID-19 started to spread throughout New Zealand, the safety and wellbeing of our people and customers became more critical than ever before. Foodies stepped up to the challenge, and collectively we introduced new technology, processes and resources to keep everyone safe.
Our Safety & Wellbeing and HR teams worked around the clock to support our Owners, Supply Chain and Support Centre leaders with everything from managing vulnerable team members to developing new protocols for dealing with COVID-19 cases.
A few examples of how our team adapted to COVID-19 include:
- During Alert Level 4, our HR team launched a 24/7 phone and email hotline to help owners and leaders with employment matters.
- We launched our new health and safety reporting tool, the SHED, to New World and PAK’nSAVE stores, Distribution Centres and our Support Centre.
- The size of our Safety and Wellbeing team nearly doubled to demonstrate our commitment to providing stores with more practical support throughout the year.
- We expanded our wellbeing programme in light of the pressures people were facing during the pandemic to cover financial, physical, mental and environmental wellbeing
Events at Foodies
Events are a big part of how we roll at Foodies. They’re key to how we connect and learn. We think it’s important to take the time to celebrate achievements along the way, whether big or small.
Checker of the Year
Checker of the Year is a legendary event across our Co-op. These events celebrate our heroes working as checkout operators across the North Island and bring together the best of our awesome checkers to compete for the highly prized Checker of the Year title.
The atmosphere is amazing with workmates, family and friends turning out in force to support our checkers.
Baker of the Year
Each year we invite our bakers to showcase their talents and represent their store in an exciting head-to-head bake-off.
Our Co-op Awards event brings together our owner community annually to recognise excellence and celebrate the spirit of our Co-op. It’s always a great night and an awesome opportunity to reflect together on our achievements and successes.
FoodiesX is our leadership event series and it is growing year on year. It shines a light on our leadership community from across our membership, support centre and supply chain teams.
Our focus is on developing leaders that will help Foodies to be one of the most customer driven retailers in the world, building greater collaboration and future-focused thinking.
Foodies Graduation & Excellence Awards
Our Foodies Graduation and Excellence Awards are where we get to celebrate the hard work and achievements of people from right across Foodies. Celebrated alongside their family and friends, it's a wonderful opportunity to see our awesome people achieving awesome things.