Yealands will be receiving a visit from the Mayor of Marlborough, Mayor John Leggett, on Thursday 5th October, where he will present each member of the Seaview Vineyard team with a certificate in Intercultural Awareness.
The Intercultural Awareness training was identified by Yealands as being extremely relevant to the New Zealand wine industry, whose many seasonal workers ensure a culturally-diverse workforce.
The course was designed and led by The Marlborough Migrant Centre, a not-for-profit community- based organisation that supports migrants and newcomers with their settlement in the Marlborough region. It aims to help workplaces and organisations increase their intercultural awareness and effectiveness, and enhance interpersonal communication skills. The Yealands vineyard team were guided in discussions around their own cultural perspectives and communication techniques, and their interaction with vineyard workers from different countries.
To show support of the amazing role this organisation plays in the community, Yealands have pledged to donate $3,000 to The Marlborough Migrant Centre to assist with their annual programmes and to show their commitment to making their training an annual event. Peter Yealands, Founder and Principal of Yealands, will present the cheque to the centre this Thursday.
“Those who have been born and raised in Marlborough may not have had the same level of exposure to a migrant workforce, such as those living in bigger cities within New Zealand.” Says Katrina Jones, Quality Assurance Manager for Yealands. “Therefore, it is important that we spend time educating about diversity and highlighting the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity.”
The training was recognised as a great opportunity when the company embarked upon a SMETA – Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit, governed by Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) – which Yealands are undertaking as an important step in assuring international labour practices are being met within the New Zealand wine industry. Sedex is a global not-for-profit membership organisation and the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains.
Katrina says, “Any company that is above board and with a serious commitment to good ethical practices should not find any difficulty complying with this standard.”