New Zealand’s Best Eggs Awarded Last Night
Three of New Zealand’s most well known companies: Fonterra, Deloitte and The Warehouse were last night crowned “Good Business Eggs” in recognition of their work in the community sector. Whilst these companies might be better known for the scale of their business activities, they also demonstrate significant commitments to their various community initiatives.
The event hosted by CQ Hotels Wellington, one of last years winners was packed with business and community leaders anxious to see who had won the annual award.
This year’s winners were awarded a virtual kokako egg from Forest & Bird; businesses will be able to follow the progress of their bird throughout the year. All winners also received a gift hamper donated by Cadbury, which all chose to on-gift to a community organisation of their choice.
Kerry Walker, Fonterra Farmer from Te Horo, says of being awarded the Good Business Egg for Health, “As farmers, we are proud to be recognised by the panel for our commitment to the health of kiwi kids. We are sharing what we do best, bringing the natural goodness of milk to primary schools across the country.”
The panel said of the Deloitte, winner of the Education category, “They have clearly chosen carefully who to support, and how they can add value, with a great focus on scaling up education charitable organisations.” Deborah Lucas said "We are thrilled and excited to win a BACS GBE award this year in the Education category. The competition was very strong, with so many wonderful initiatives. The win demonstrates that the broader community sector believes we are on the right track towards making an impact that matters.... supporting the development of the next generation of New Zealanders."
And for two years running The Warehouse won the Community empowerment award at the event noted for its “long term commitment to sustainability, with a multi pronged approach to inclusion and community empowerment.” Paul Walsh GM of The Warehouse said “The entire Warehouse team are thrilled to have won this award, made all the more special as it's community organisations themselves which have provided this recognition."
The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, the Hon. Jo Goodhew, was the events key note speaker and assisted two young people Thomas Chapman and Hoa Xiong, both clients of Emerge Supported Employment Trust in throwing the Cadbury Crème Egg end of night scramble.
The BACS Good Business Eggs Awards showcase the best of excellent community investment by businesses throughout New Zealand, and are awarded across three categories: Health, Education, and Community Empowerment. The awards are run by BACS (Business and Community Shares), an independent non-profit organisation made up of business and community organisations who aim to share skills, knowledge, and wisdom, and are assessed by an independent panel made up of community organisation leaders.