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Yealands take the top prize at Sustainable Business Awards

Yealands Family Wines take the top prize at the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards

Yealands Family Wines (YFW) have been named the overall winner of the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards held at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront tonight (18 November).

The NZI Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Awards are New Zealand’s longest-standing and pre-eminent sustainability awards. The awards are now in their 12th year and designed to recognise businesses that are making a real difference by innovating and transforming New Zealand’s business landscape.

“SBN focusses on four strengths that encapsulate the future direction of our economy. These are areas New Zealand has a natural advantage in and include renewables, massive resource efficiency, community and restorative,” says Rachel Brown, Sustainable Business Network Chief Executive.

“The Awards recognise the impact and innovation organisations are making in each of these transformation areas, in addition to awards for Communicating Sustainability and a Sustainability Champion.”

Yealands Family Wines won the Restorative Impact Award as well as the ‘Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand’ (supreme award) through their continued vision to lead the world in sustainable wine production. YFW believe that sustainability has no end point and the company is committed to dynamic innovation to reduce its environmental footprint, with initiatives directly targeting underlying energy efficiency and regeneration, diesel emissions, sustained vine nutrition and recyclable packaging.

Ms Brown says “Yealands Family Wines stood out to the judges because it innovates well across the entire business. It drives best practice, has consistent sustainability performance across all its operations and represents New Zealand well internationally”.

The judges said that the strength of Yealands’ commitment throughout everything they do puts them as a standout. “We know that they will continue to push the envelope on what is possible in sustainable wine making and we encourage them to continue their journey.”


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