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NZAS recognised in Ethical Governance Awards

Media Release

24 November 2006

NZAS recognised in Ethical Governance Awards

New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) was recognised as one of three finalists in the 2006 Kensingston Swan Ethical Governance Award at the Deloitte/Management magazine Top 200 Awards last night.

The smelter was shortlisted for the award based on its implementation of a business improvement methodology called Lean Manufacturing, which engages employees in a systematic approach to identify and eliminate waste in the workplace.

NZAS General Manager Brian Cooper said the Lean Manufacturing tools had empowered employees to deliver improvements in areas such as Health and Safety, Environment, Operations and Financial Performance.

“We are currently engaged in a culture transformation at NZAS. For many years we had a goal of zero injuries and incidents, which has led us to look for and rectify unsafe practices. In much the same way, Lean is teaching us how to identify waste and eliminate it,” he said.

“We are now striving for not only a goal of zero injuries and incidents in our workplace, but also zero waste. “

“We are honoured to be recognized for our efforts,” Mr Cooper said.

Over the last year more than 200 NZAS employees were trained in Lean Manufacturing methods. The tools aim to empower employees to challenge the status quo, recognise and eliminate waste, reduce frustration and maximise value-adding activities.

This is the second time NZAS has been a finalist for the Award. The smelter last won the Award in 2004 for its “The Goal is Zero” safety programme.

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