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Westpac crowned 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year

9 November 2011

Westpac crowned 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year

An outstanding focus on encouraging sustainability has seen Westpac New Zealand named Sustainable Business of the Year at the 2011 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards in Auckland tonight.

Westpac also took home the People’s Choice and the Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business awards.

The Judges were particularly impressed by Westpac’s high level of commitment to sustainability across management levels. It has instigated sustainability initiatives in a number of business areas such as carbon trading, an impulse savings product, financial literacy programmes, recyclable bank cards and communication of sustainability issues to customers.

Rachel Brown, chief executive of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), was impressed with the company’s focus on addressing the most material impacts of its business and its long-term view of sustainability.

The National Sustainable Business Network Awards were presented by MCs, senior Sunday Star-Times journalist Rod Oram and Back Benches host Wallace Chapman, in front of a who’s who of the country’s most sustainable businesses.

Mayor Len Brown welcomed all guests to Auckland. For many it was their first visit to Shed 10, the city’s social hub during Rugby World Cup 2011.

The full list of winners and judges’ commendations:

CategoryWinnerJudges’ commendation
NZI Sustainable Business of the YearWestpac New Zealand Limited
Small and Medium Business Award
Daisies Early Education & Care Centre
Large and Corporate Business Award
Localist Limited
Small and Medium Business Award
Tahi Estate Ltd
Large and Corporate Business Award
Westpac New Zealand LimitedSCA Hygiene Australasia – Kawerau Plant
Not for Profit Award
Framework Trust
Sustainable Design and Innovation AwardCityhop Cars by the Hour by CityhopHungry Bin by Low Impact Limited
Sustainability Champion AwardPippa Coom - Grey Lynn Farmers Market, Cycle Action Auckland
Social Innovation Award350 AotearoaKaibosh
People’s Choice AwardWestpac New Zealand Limited

SBN represents more than 600 New Zealand organisations which recognise the importance of balancing the needs of people, planet and profit in their day-to-day operations.

NZI is one of SBN’s foundation partners and is the principal sponsor of the national SBN awards for the fourth consecutive year. Additional sponsors include The University of Waikato Management School; Ricoh; Corporate Express; Pure Advantage; EECA Business; Wright Communications; Element; and Vodafone.

Executive general manager Karl Armstrong says it is great to see an increasing number of companies committed to making their business more sustainable.

“The SBN Awards are a great way to recognise and support these companies. We’re delighted that Westpac has been named the 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year and offer our congratulations to all the winners,” says Mr Armstrong.

Businesses can enter the awards in two ways:

1. By participation in the SBN’s ‘Get Sustainable Challenge’, which helps businesses to identify, measure and improve their sustainable development;
2. Or they can enter the National Category Awards via a separate entry form i.e. Sustainable Design and Innovation Award; Social Innovation Award; and the Sustainability Champion Award.

For more information on the finalists and winners go to:

Wright Communications is proud to provide pro bono public relations services to the Sustainable Business Network.

Editors’ notes
The NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards celebrate New Zealand businesses actively integrate principles of sustainability into their daily business operations.

Associate Professor Eva CollinsStrategy & Human Resource Management, University of Waikato
Chris MorrisonCEO, All Good Organics
Tom NewittCorporate Responsibility Manager, Fonterra
Sarah HoldenSustainability Manager, IAG
Dr. A. Idil GaziulusoyLecturer, Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, School of Art and Design, AUT
Duncan StewartDirector, Greenhouse Clean Tech
Jamie SinclairDirector of Sustainability, KPMG
Dr Helen TredigdaSenior Lecturer, Accounting, AUT Business School
Pramesh MaharajEECA
Jeanette FitzsimonsEnvironmental campaigner, and former Green Party Co-Leader
Faye LangdonLangdon Consulting
Rod OramBusiness journalist

About the Sustainable Business Network
Nationally, the SBN represents more than 550 organisations, from small to medium enterprises and not-for-profits, through to large businesses and corporations. SBN promotes sustainable business practice through networking, practical advice, and resource and tool development. It provides opportunities for businesses to do, learn, share and create in order to advance and embed sustainability.

SBN runs the Get Sustainable Challenge, the GreenFleet programme (including tree-planting offsets via Carbon4Good), and hosts the annual SBN Awards. SBN has also developed the online assessment tool Get Sust Online and offers expert advice through Adviceline.

About NZI
NZI has been in business for 150 years, making it the oldest insurance brand in New Zealand. Through its national network of qualified brokers, NZI offers a variety of flexible and comprehensive insurance services for people and businesses in New Zealand. NZI is a proud supporter of the SBN and is the main sponsor of the National Sustainable Business Network Awards.

2011 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards finalists
Emerging SMEBox Living
Daisies Early Education & Care Centre (WINNER)
Isthmus Group Ltd – Bay of Plenty Branch
Trailblazer SMETahi Estate Ltd (WINNER)
Ground Effect
Emerging Large

Localist Limited (Judges Commendation)
James & Wells Intellectual Property
Trailblazer Large
Westpac New Zealand Limited (Winner)
SCA Hygiene Australasia –Kawerau Plant (Judges Commendation)
Booker Spalding
Trailblazer NFP
Framework Trust (Winner)
Tauranga City Council
Victoria University of Wellington
Sustainability ChampionDr Ann Smith - CarboNZero CertTM Holdings

Pippa Coom - Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market, Cycle Action Auckland and Grey Lynn 2030 (Winner)

Steve Ellingford - Bayfair Shopping Centre

Design and InnovationCityhop (Winner)

Electric Bike Hub

Final Furniture Ltd

Hungry bin (Judges Commendation)

Social Innovation
350 Aotearoa (Winner)

Kaibosh (Food rescue) – Judges Commendation

2011 Sustainable Business of the Year

Tahi Estate Ltd
Westpac New Zealand Limited (Winner)


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