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

 

Countdown releases Corporate Responsibility Report

Countdown releases

Corporate Responsibility Report
Announces move to new recyclable meat trays and
$100,000 contestable fund for food rescue charities


1 December 2016: Countdown has today released its second Corporate Responsibility Report, detailing its progress on community and environmental commitments over the past financial year, 29 June 2015 to 26 June 2016.

Countdown also announced the roll-out of two new initiatives: 100 per cent recyclable meat trays which begin rolling out to stores from today, starting with the North Island, and a $100,000 contestable fund for food rescue charities who are looking to build and grow their capacity to collect and redistribute food that is not fit for sale but can still be eaten.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, James Walker, says, “The last year has seen the company continue to drive down prices for customers, invest locally in new stores and jobs, and support local communities, particularly through food donations from Countdown’s Food Rescue Programme.”

Highlights from the year include:

• Continuing to lower prices for customers by introducing an additional 1500 products to Countdown’s Price Down programme.

• Investing $214 million to build ten new stores and upgrade Countdown’s existing store network.

• A Green Ribbon Award for Resilience to Climate Change for Countdown’s work in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

• Since 2006 Countdown has reduced waste to landfill by 34 per cent and increased recycling by 34 per cent.

• Launching the Egg Producer Programme for Free Range and Barn, to help manage the currently limited supply of free range and barn eggs in New Zealand and increase availability for customers over time.

• Donating more than $6 million in kind, cash and customer donations to community initiatives throughout New Zealand.

• Bringing three new food rescue partners on board in Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland as part of the Countdown Food Rescue programme. All Countdown stores now have a food rescue partnership in place, with around $3.5 million of food donated to foodbanks and community groups last year. A contestable fund of up to $100,000 to support Countdown’s food rescue charity partners was established this year and is now open for applications.

• Launching the Soft Plastic Recycling initiative in Countdown stores in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch (and more recently Wellington). Countdown customers have recycled more than 2000 kgs of soft plastic to date.

• Helping launch New Zealand’s first online food donation platform, The Foodbank Project. More than 29,000 items have been donated to people in-need.

• Giving away around 50,000 pieces of fruit each week through Countdown’s Free Fruit for Kids initiative.

“As one of the country’s largest businesses and employers, it’s really important that we play our part to contribute positively to the economy and reduce our environmental impact,” says James Walker.

For the full report, visit: https://www.countdown.co.nz/community-environment/corporate-responsibility-reports

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Banking: Westpac NZ Lowers Merchant Fees For Small Businesses

Westpac NZ is rolling out a new merchant fee pricing structure that will lead to cost savings for more than 10,000 small and medium Kiwi businesses, and could make contactless transactions more widely available for customers. On 1 September, most ... More>>

REINZ: Million Dollar Plus Property Sales Increase 11.7% Nationally

The number of properties sold around the country for one million dollars or more during the first half (H1) of 2020 increased by 11.7% compared to H1 2019, with 5,426 million-dollar plus properties sold (up from 4,858 in H1 2019) according to the Real ... More>>

Waste: Government To Regulate Plastic Packaging, Tyres, E-Waste

The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they become waste. As part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills, ... More>>

ALSO:

Bankers Association: Banking Becomes First Living Wage Accredited Industry

Banking has become New Zealand’s first fully living wage accredited industry, leading to nearly 1800 employees and contractors moving onto the living wage and gaining greater economic independence for them and their families. As of today, all ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Funding For 85% Of NZ Not-For-Profit Entities Impacted By COVID-19

Results of a recent Institute of Directors poll show that 85% of board members on not-for-profit organisations say COVID-19 has moderately or significantly affected their funding. The ‘pulse check’ conducted in the first two weeks of July looked ... More>>

Volcano Detection: Eruption Alert System Would Have Given 16 Hours’ Warning At Whakaari

An alert system that could have given 16 hours’ warning of last year’s eruption at Whakaari/White Island is ready for deployment, University of Auckland scientists say, with warning systems for Ruapehu and Tongariro the next priority. ... More>>


Property: Queenstown Rents Experience Biggest Drop In Seven Years

Rental prices in the Queenstown-Lakes district saw the biggest annual percentage drop in seven years after falling 28 per cent on June last year, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property spokesperson Aaron Clancy said ... More>>

Seismology: The Quiet Earth

As many daily activities came to a halt during lockdown, the Earth itself became quiet, probably quieter than it has been since humans developed the technology to listen in. Seismologists have analysed datasets from more than 300 international ... More>>

RNZ: James Shaw Says Kiwibank, Not Ministers Should Decide On Investors

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Kiwibank's decision to stop doing business with companies dealing in fossil fuels is the right one. More>>

ALSO:

FMA: Kiwis Confident Financial Markets Will Recover From COVID-19, Plan To Increase Investments

Despite the majority (60%) of investors experiencing losses as a result of COVID-19, the outlook on investing remains positive, according to a Financial Markets Authority (FMA) survey. Most Kiwis (71%) were optimistic that the pandemic will pass eventually ... More>>

FIRST Union: Warehouse Using Covid For Cover As Extensive Restructure Makes Everyone Worse Off

(FIRST Union comments on The Warehouse consultation and proposed restructure) 'Unfortunately the Warehouse have done the disappointing thing and used Covid-19 to justify a bunch of operational business decisions that will leave hundreds of workers without jobs ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Mixed Performance By Regions Leaves National Emissions Picture Unchanged

Approximately two-thirds of New Zealand’s regions recorded decreases in their total greenhouse gas emissions, while one-third of regions saw increases between 2007 and 2018, Stats NZ said today. “While some regions reduced their emissions, ... More>>

RNZ: Economic Activity And Business Confidence Bouncing Back

Two surveys from ANZ show business confidence and economic activity have rebounded, but uncertainty about the future remains extreme. More>>

ALSO: