Dignity in the Workplace

Dignity was founded on a mission to provide access to sanitary items for all women in New Zealand.

When we started our journey we asked women about a time they'd been caught out by their period and what the hardest part was. The more women we talked to, the more we realised that getting caught short wasn't the biggest period frustration.

The largest frustration was the unfairness. Unfairness that menstruation products were not available or there when they needed it.

Why Dignity?

Since starting Dignity the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Progressive, inclusive businesses understand that providing sanitary items to their female employees is just like provide coffee when some people are caffeine free - it's just another office consumable.

In fact, our customers such as Flick and Xero, have found an 85% increase in personal support felt by their female employees with Dignity. When your business signs up with us, you're not just providing sanitary items, you're joining a movement. Be a business with Dignity.

 

“For a week each month it was like playing a game of hide and sneak, hiding the wheat bags under my desk and quickly stuffing tampons up my sleeve (and if it’s a short sleeves day, argh, you cup it in your hand and hope no one will stop you on the short 8 metre sprint back to the bathroom).”

- Amber, Corporate Employee


 

“Our young women are able to attend school when they are menstruating. they are also able to access high quality products (rather than toilet paper or cheaper sanitary products) which means not only are they able to manage their period more effectively, they are able to feel good about themselves and maintain their dignity!”

- Secondary school teacher

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Case Studies

"Particularly when you look at the fact that there are lots of girls not going to school because they've got their period, can't afford sanitary items and are missing out on that vital education. That's a big thing that we're trying to advocate for - females getting into STEM, ultimately getting into tech. And this is kind of something we could do at that grassroots level to support girls."

"Particularly when you look at the fact that there are lots of girls not going to school because they've got their period, can't afford sanitary items and are missing out on that vital education. That's a big thing that we're trying to advocate for - females getting into STEM, ultimately getting into tech. And this is kind of something we could do at that grassroots level to support girls."

“I did earlier this year have an instance where I was at a meeting and got my period, causing a leak on my trousers, I had to leave work, I was so embarrassed. I have also provided many staff/team members or other managers with these items - and it is such a nice thing to have. Thank you… It's things like this that make me proud of our people and communities.”

“I did earlier this year have an instance where I was at a meeting and got my period, causing a leak on my trousers, I had to leave work, I was so embarrassed. I have also provided many staff/team members or other managers with these items - and it is such a nice thing to have. Thank you… It's things like this that make me proud of our people and communities.”


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FAQs

Do we get locked into a subscription?

Not at all! The point of Dignity is not to have cupboards full of tampons in the office, we want the initiative to be as useful as possible so re-ordering is up to you. We are happy to do monthly, three monthly or what ever works for your business.

Do we have to be public with our partnership with Dignity?

We’d love you to be a proud public Dignity partner but we understand if during a trial period or at the beginning if you would like to see how it goes. We provide a staff survey after Dignity is implemented at a company for a month to let you know what the initiative is being received so far and will help to see if you want to continue to support us.

Will men ask what they get to have as a benefit in the workplace too?

Not really! Most men understand the impact of periods upon cis-women from experiences with their partners, daughters and friends. We haven’t received backlash or feedback about this topic to date which is awesome.

Will the product just get taken from the bathroom?

When you start the Dignity initiative at your workplace the most important part of the process is communicating this to your staff and letting them know why you’ve started this initiative. We’ve made a handy paragraph to help with this and to put out in your internal communications. The only time a Dignity canister has been taken from the bathroom was when it was accessible to the public.

Does Dignity offer reusable period products like menstrual cups as part of their initiative?

We do! Any employee at a Dignity workplace has access to purchase a subsidized Oi cup for $30 including shipping. We also give menstrual cups to the schools and groups we support if that is what the community has asked for.

How does Dignity choose the beneficiaries that receive the buy one product?

We have schools that reach out to us through our networks or website to sign up to receive the Dignity give one product, if there is a need at the school or community groups, regardless of decile or city, we give according to what the need is. You can read more about the groups we support on our Impact page and on our Public Impact report.