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Audacious Change

Diversity and inclusion in action: Why Spark gets behind the Pride community

Audacious change

Diversity and inclusion in action: Why Spark gets behind the Pride community

One of Aotearoa's biggest companies, Spark, is a firm supporter of the LGBTQI+ community through its annual Pride advertising campaigns, its partnership with charity Outline, and its diversity and inclusion values within the company. Head of brand at Spark New Zealand Sarah Williams explains why the company chose to champion this social issue, how these campaigns attract both the loudest praise and the greatest vilification from New Zealanders, and why that it makes it the most important cause the company champions.

Opinion

For the month of February, Idealog is honouring the brave souls who are using business as means to not only achieve commercial success, but to make a meaningful difference in the world, solve a key problem and set the social, cultural and ethical agenda for consumers – in other words, by creating audacious change. Here, editor Elly Strang explains why brand purpose has quickly become one of the most important discussions for businesses in 2019 – and how to avoid missing the mark, or 'woke washing'.