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Statement from Managing Director, ManpowerGroup

Statement from Richard Fischer, Managing Director, ManpowerGroup ANZ

In the last 24 hours we have seen significant disruption to our business in the form of protests and related threats made to our employees. The safety and care of our employees is paramount and we are taking intervention orders to prevent a reoccurrence of such unacceptable actions against our business.

I reject the claims about our business processes and contracts made by agitating groups who are deliberating disrupting our business. I would like to set the record straight on these matters.

We continue to operate in an ethical and moral manner, as we have done in the market in New Zealand for over 20 years. As the leader of this business, I stand by this track record.

We treat ALL our candidates with the utmost respect and take pride in being able to provide meaningful work opportunities, in safe work environments, paid fairly and on time. Every working day, our New Zealand team members dedicate themselves to securing meaningful work for our candidates.

Reviewing contracts

There has been a lot of public discussion around our contracts. I am satisfied that we have taken all steps necessary to ensure our contract complies with all relevant regulations, legislation and industry best practice. However, we are taking this opportunity to review all our contracts -as we do regularly as a matter of business practice. As part of that review, if necessary, we will take steps to ensure our contracts provide greater clarity for candidates.

Privacy statement and collection of sensitive information

In relation to our privacy policy we reiterate that we DO NOT collect sensitive information about candidates that is not consistent and compliant with current laws, including privacy laws. We would only request personal information about a candidate when it is lawful and required for the role with the host employer. Any personal information we obtain, is obtained lawfully and is then protected under our privacy commitment. An example would be when it is necessary for the job that the applicant undergo a Ministry of Justice criminal history check or where the job requires physical tasks and the applicant is asked whether they have any health issues which could prevent them performing those tasks.

The privacy statement is a disclosure statement, NOT a list of information collected or required by Manpower.

Finally, I’d like to reiterate our commitment to the New Zealand market and to reassure our clients and candidates that we take our position as a leading workplace solutions provider very seriously. We will continue to operate in a manner that reflects this – treating all candidates with the utmost respect.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world’s workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for nearly 70 years. As workforce experts, we connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through our ManpowerGroup family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2016, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work humanly possible: www.manpowergroup.com.

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