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Gender Equality

NCS is a champion of Gender Equality and an employer of choice for women in PNG. Our 650+ female employees comprise more than 50 percent of our workforce. You will find women at all levels within NCS; on each of our 30 operations scattered throughout the country; and performing all types of jobs (including roles traditionally held by men).

Policies which support our commitment to Gender Equality:

  • Workplace Harassment
  • Professional Development
  • Family & Sexual Violence

Our recent Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification is further evidence of our commitment to Gender Equality. EDGE Certification is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. EDGE Certification has been designed to help organisations not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it.

NCS is the only company in PNG to undergo EDGE certification - It is also the only company in the entire Pacific. This is nothing short of remarkable given the rigour of the auditing and certification process and the fact that NCS is a 100 percent PNG landowner company, not a big-brand, multi-million dollar global entity like most of the other EDGE companies (e.g., Allianz, Ikea, Loreal, Marriott, Pfizer, Roche, Zurich Insurance). It’s easy to see why the Swiss based EDGE team has described NCS’s achievements as “trailblazing”.

In addition to committing to Gender Equality in our own business, NCS is committed to helping other businesses move towards Gender Equality. Through board and working group representation on the PNG Business Coalition for Women, NCS is playing a central role in developing and promoting Gender Equality resources for the PNG business community.


John Gethin-Jones, Previous Managing Director of NCS and now current Executive Officer of parent company Anitua.

“I could see how initiatives such as flexible working conditions and equal pay leave policies would really help our female staff in particular, and that while PNG society was heavily skewed towards benefiting males, at least in the workplace our staff would be equal. The ‘bonus’ is that as a business we have benefited from having a more productive, engaged, loyal and skilled team. Gender equality is without a doubt in my mind a ‘win-win’ situation both for our staff and for our business.”

Violet Aopi

Violet Aopi, Group General Manager – HR.

“NCS is a very different workplace today to what it was before it commenced its Gender Equality journey and we are now very much an employer of choice for PNG women. After all, what woman, wouldn’t want to work for a company that is striving for equal pay for equal work; actively seeking out women to employ, develop and promote; sending its female staff on leadership and mentoring programs; has introduced flexible work arrangements; and has put tremendous effort in to building a culture that truly values women as equals?”

Gorrie McConnell, Pastry Chef

Gorrie McConnell, Pastry Chef

“NCS is a good place to work even for women who don’t have a good education. We get training and learn new skills. I know if I work hard and try my best at NCS I will be rewarded.”

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