Comfortech® is a part of Fletcher Building, who proudly employ over 14,500 people from all walks of life, of different stages and ages, varied cultures and beliefs.
Fletcher Building manufacture building products, from insulation that keeps homes warm and dry, to cement, helping to build the foundation of structures all over the world over.
At Comfortech®, we cultivate a culture where our people are focused on safety and delivering strong performance through operational excellence, are curious and innovative and strive to understand and anticipate the needs of our customers.
We aim to create a high-performing culture where our people have high levels of engagement and enjoy coming to work each day. A great culture and highly engaged people correlate strongly to business success, and we actively measure and influence engagement to ensure we are continually improving year on year.
Our people are guided by our purpose and four values – Protect, Be Bold, Customer Leading, and Better Together – which help us create the kind of workplace that delivers great results, in the right way.
Developing our people to grow within Fletcher Building is one of our priorities. In 2021, over 37% of our open positions were filled by internal candidates, creating, in turn, new opportunities for junior roles.
Inclusion & Diversity
Fletcher Building believes in a workplace where differences in gender, gender identity, age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, thinking style and background are welcomed and included.
It’s important that all our people can access the opportunities available and can bring their ‘whole self’ to work. We will put ourselves in others shoes, learn from each other and speak up when things don’t seem right.
Some of our activities to support inclusion and diversity are:
We are members of Champions for Change who drive for diversity and inclusion in workplaces.
We welcome first-time job seekers and youth through our targeted recruitment campaigns and partner with government and community groups to attract people.
We provide training to support our people starting out in work, throughout their career and to their family members through our Employee Educational Fund.
We have employee action groups with Executive sponsors for our women, Māori and LGBTQ+ employees, providing a diverse employee viewpoint to our senior management.
We currently have over 500 of our people proudly identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2015, we were New Zealand’s first construction and building materials company to achieve the Rainbow Tick accreditation. Inclusion of the rainbow community continues to be important to us and we have renewed our accreditation every year.
We are a principal sponsor of the First Foundation and Tupu Toa, which focus on development and work opportunities for indigenous youth and those from challenging backgrounds.
Our Māori leadership program, Whakatupu, is developing a pipeline of Māori leaders.
We participate in the Growing Pasifika Niu leadership programme to grow our pipeline of Pacific leaders.
We work with universities, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the Women in Infrastructure Network to attract more women into our industry. Our target is to increase the percentage of women in operational roles by 1% year-on-year.
In 2019, we launched Tradelink Women in Plumbing, an initiative that champions women in the plumbing industry and our internal Women in Technology group is now up and running.
In 2022, we introduced Gender Affirmation Leave and Transitioning at Work guidelines, offering 10 days paid leave for people transitioning and guidelines to help people leaders and colleagues support those transitioning.
Our Parental Leave Policy
The aim of our new enhanced parental leave policy is to help our people welcome a new addition to their family and make it easier to continue their career at Fletcher Building when they come return to work. Given that modern families come in all forms, the policy gives Fletcher Building Group employees the flexibility to choose which parent will be the primary and secondary carer based on their families’ individual circumstances.
Applicable from 1 July 2022, the policy features the following benefits:
Parental leave benefits
- Primary carers on parental leave will receive their full base pay for 26 weeks, or they can opt to receive 50% of their normal pay for 52 weeks.
- Secondary carers will receive four weeks paid leave.
- If both parents work for Fletcher Building they will be able to share the 30 weeks of total parental leave.
KiwiSaver/Superannuation employer contributions will continue to be paid throughout the length of the parental leave.
Phased return to work benefits
- Return to work part-time at 80% on full pay for six months
- Five additional days ‘New Parents Leave’ for primary and secondary carers during their first year back at work.
- Annual leave accumulated during their parental leave and paid at their normal pay, rather than on earnings for the previous 12 months.