Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND — TrustPower has been named in the 2009 list of Top Companies for Leaders in Asia Pacific. Conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global consulting and outsourcing company, in partnership with The RBL Group, a strategic HR and leadership systems advisory firm, and Fortune, the Global Top Companies for Leaders is the most comprehensive study of organisational leadership in the world.
When comparing the Top Companies with more than 500 other companies around the world, Hewitt identified one distinguishing characteristic that sets them apart from their peers—even during the economic downturn, Top Companies remained committed to building leadership capability within their organisations. In other words, tighter budgets and fewer resources forced these organisations to think and act smarter and more creatively about what really mattered when it came to leadership—but they didn’t lose focus.
2009 Top Companies for Leaders in Asia Pacific:
TrustPower Limited is a publicly listed electricity retailer and generator that provides power to almost a quarter of a million customers in New Zealand. With its head office based in Tauranga, TrustPower employs more than 450 staff across New Zealand with a small contingent in South Australia.
“Hewitt would like to congratulate TrustPower as being named one of the Top Companies for Leaders in Asia Pacific,” said Andrew Bell, Hewitt’s practice leader in Australia and New Zealand. “All companies today are facing a number of complex business and economic challenges. Through our research, it’s clear that Top Companies such as TrustPower do not abandon key leadership and talent efforts in favor of short-term goals. Leaders at these organisations are passionate and committed. They have an intense focus on talent and their leadership programs are practical, relevant and aligned with business goals--in good times and in bad. This mindset is not only what sets Top Companies apart from the rest, it’s what differentiates successful businesses from unsuccessful ones.”
TrustPower’s Human Resource Manager, Karen Boyte said “TrustPower is focused on developing strong and healthy relationships with our staff at all levels of the organisation. The first part of that relationship revolves around inspirational leadership, opportunities for advancement and the reputation of TrustPower as a great employer.
Secondly, demonstrating genuine care about staff, being interested in them personally, and creating an environment of trust is a fundamental part of leadership at TrustPower. We believe it’s the quality and strength of our relationships that sets us apart and consistently contributes to success.”
About the Top Companies for Leaders Study
The Top Companies for Leaders study includes 537 organisations around the globe, with an average employee size of 31,443. Eighty-two percent of the participating companies had revenues of $100 million or more. Nearly 42 percent have operations in all regions around the globe.
Hewitt, The RBL Group and Fortune utilised a three-step screening process to identify the finalist companies. This included assessing survey responses, conducting in-depth interviews and analysing financial performance in relation to industry. Hewitt provided this information to a panel of independent judges in each region to select and rank a 2009 Top Companies for Leaders list in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
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TrustPower Limited is a publicly listed electricity retailer and generator that provides power to almost a quarter of a million customers in New Zealand. TrustPower produce electricity exclusively from renewable resources. The organisation owns and operates 36 small to medium size hydro generation stations, a large wind farm in New Zealand and an additional wind farm recently completed in South Australia.
TrustPower also provides more than 30,000 telecommunication services to residential and business customers across New Zealand. TrustPower has more than 450 employees in New Zealand with a small representation in Australia. The company is committed to developing and growing its staff to be the future leaders of the company. TrustPower prides itself on being the power company that really supports local communities. For more information, please visit www.trustpower.co.nz
About Hewitt Associates
Hewitt Associates (NYSE: HEW) provides leading organisations around the world with expert human resources consulting and outsourcing solutions to help them anticipate and solve their most complex benefits, talent, and related financial challenges. Hewitt consults with companies to design and implement a wide range of human resources, retirement, investment management, health management, compensation, and talent management strategies. As a leading outsourcing provider, Hewitt administers health care, retirement, payroll, and other HR programs to millions of employees, their families, and retirees. With a history of exceptional client service since 1940, Hewitt has offices in 33 countries and employs approximately 23,000 associates who are helping make the world a better place to work. For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com.