Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

N Z's top sustainability trailblazers revealed

MEDIA RELEASE

October 2009

 

New Zealand’s top sustainability trailblazers revealed

An extensive search of New Zealand’s business community has put the spotlight on the country’s most sustainable companies for the 2009 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Competing for the title of Sustainable Business of the Year, to be revealed on November 12, are seven companies that all won the “trailblazer” award in their respective regions of the Sustainable Business Network Awards, held during August and September.

They include:
 

•          Bayfair Shopping Centre

Retail managers of Bayfair Shopping Centre, Mt Maunganui.

•          ecostore

A manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retailer of sustainable household and personal care products.

•          Kokako Organic

A fair trade organic coffee roaster and food supplier.

•          Landscape Design Company

New Zealand award-winning landscapers.

•          Landcare Research (Manaaki Whenua)

An independent Crown Research Institute that provides science-based solutions and advice for sustainable development. 

•          Parkes Automotive

A family owned automotive workshop.

•          The Herb Farm

Produces and sells 100% natural skincare and healthcare based on the healing power of natural herbs.

Fifteen other finalists will also compete for seven category awards, celebrating businesses that are actively integrating sustainability throughout their operations.

New this year is the People’s Choice Award.  Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their chosen company online at the Sustainable Business Network’s website until October 31, with the winner being announced at the national awards on November 12. 

Sustainable Business Network chief executive Rachel Brown says she is thrilled at the number of businesses that are continuing to prioritise sustainability, even in this difficult economic climate.

“The theme of the awards this year is ‘Reinvent to Thrive’, acknowledging businesses that continue to sustain, innovate, re-engineer and rethink during the recession.

“We received entries from a diverse range of companies that are all making impressive and commendable changes to the way they do business, in an effort to be more sustainable,” says Ms Brown.

Businesses have two avenues to enter the awards. They can participate in the Sustainable Business Network’s ‘Get Sustainable Challenge’, which helps businesses to identify, measure and improve their sustainable development; or they can enter the Sustainable Design and Innovation Award, which recognises businesses that create an exceptional sustainable product, service or building.

Foundation partner NZI continues to support the Sustainable Business Network and is the primary sponsor of the national awards for the third consecutive year. 

NZI executive general manager Karl Armstrong says involvement in the awards is a practical way to recognise and support companies that are making an effort to be more sustainable.

“It’s encouraging to see so many companies pursuing sustainability and we commend all the finalists.

“At NZI we’re committed to integrating sustainable business practices across the organisation and have recently moved our head office into Auckland’s newest sustainable building with 5 Green Star ratings for office design and office interiors,” says Mr Armstrong.

The Sustainable Business of the Year will be announced at a cocktail function held at St Matthew’s in the City in Auckland on Thursday, November 12.  

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>

ALSO:

NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Double-Dip Recession Next Year, But Housing Rolls On

New Zealand's economy is expected to slip back into recession early next year as delayed job losses, falling consumer spending, and the absence of international tourists bites into growth. More>>

ALSO:

Microsoft New Zealand: Microsoft Expands “Highway To A Hundred Unicorns” Initiative To Support Startups In Asia Pacific

New Zealand, 14 October 2020 – Today Microsoft for Startups launches the Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where 56 startups were ... More>>

Fonterra: Farmers Taking Another Step Towards New Zealand’s Low Emissions Food Production

They’re hot off the press and intended to help take the heat out of climate change. Fonterra farmers are already among the world’s most sustainable producers of milk and now have an additional tool in their sustainability toolbox. Over the last few ... More>>

ALSO:



Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>

University of Canterbury: Proglacial Lakes Are Accelerating Glacier Ice Loss

Lake Tasman, New Zealand | 2016 | Photo: Dr Jenna Sutherland Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study. But the effects of these glacial ... More>>

ALSO:

Dairy: Fonterra Sells China Farms

Fonterra has agreed to sell its China farms for a total of $555 million (RMB 2.5 billion*1), after successfully developing the farms alongside local partners. Inner Mongolia Natural Dairy Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Youran Dairy Group Limited ... More>>

ALSO: