NZ’s top 20 sustainable businesses

Finalists for the 2014 Sustainable 60 Awards have been announced, with 20 companies in the running for the title of New Zealand’s most sustainable business.

The annual Sustainable 60 Awards recognise sustainable business excellence and are supported by Fairfax Media and the Sustainable Business Council, along with partners Deloitte, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Sustainable Edge.

The awards are an opportunity for companies to showcase and be recognised for their commitment to sustainable business and to share best practice and celebrate success.

There are five Sustainable 60 Award categories:

  • Strategy and Governance – The structure and road map that creates a sustainable business
  • Workplace – Creating great workplaces through positive initiatives
  • Marketplace – Sustainable initiatives throughout the value chain; from sourcing resources, to manufacturing, to selling, to customer use and finally end of life
  • Environment – Managing the environmental impact and creating better business performance
  • Community – Creating positive community and business outcomes

There are also Overall Sustainable Business Awards (Small, Medium, Large) that recognise consistent good performance across all the categories.

This year’s entries were judged by a panel of ten experts from Deloitte, impactCR, New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Fairfax Media, Ebos Group, Business NZ, Massey University and 37 Degrees South.

Competition convenor and sustainability consultant Annette Lusk says this year’s entries represent a significant shift towards sustainable practices across multiple areas of business operation.

“This year’s entries stood out for two reasons; integrated sustainable strategies across all areas of large corporations, and exciting innovations in smaller businesses.

“2014 is definitely the year sustainability has matured amongst corporates. This year’s finalists have made sustainability an essential part of operation, from boardroom strategy right through to implementation at staff level,” says Annette. 

Deloitte Partner and Sustainable 60 Awards’ judge Jacqueline Robertson was also impressed by the calibre of this year’s entries.

“The standard of the entries has been excellent, making the judging process extremely difficult. I would like to congratulate all the finalists for their continued innovation and positive contribution to driving better outcomes, not just for their own businesses, but for their employees, the environment and New Zealand as a whole,” says Jacqueline.

The 2014 Sustainable 60 Awards finalists are:

 

Community

  • Morphum Environmental
  • Ngati Hine Health Trust
  • Spark New Zealand
  • The Warehouse
  • Vodafone

 

Environment

  • Auckland Airport
  • Bayfair Shopping Centre
  • BioBrew Ltd
  • Villa Maria Estate
  • Yealands Estate Wines

 

Marketplace

  • Active Refrigeration
  • Mr Box Ltd
  • Toyota
  • World Moving & Storage
  • Yealands Estate Wines

 

Strategy and Governance

  • Andrew Stewart Ltd
  • DB Breweries
  • Laminex New Zealand
  • Toyota
  • URS New Zealand

 

Workplace

  • DB Breweries
  • The Warehouse
  • Vodafone
  • World Moving & Storage
  • Yealands Estate Wines

 

Overall Small

  • Abodo Wood
  • Bayfair Shopping Centre
  • BioBrew Ltd
  • Mr Box Ltd
  • Sorbet

 

Overall Medium

  • Active Refrigeration
  • Andrew Stewart Ltd
  • Morphum Environmental
  • World Moving & Storage

 

Overall Large

  • Auckland Airport
  • DB Breweries
  • The Warehouse
  • Villa Maria Estate
  • Vodafone
  • Yealands Estate Wines

The winners for each category will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday 28 October.

Visit sustainable60.co.nz for view further details on the awards and all finalists.

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