New Zealand’s top Sustainable Businesses Announced
The winners of the Westpac National Sustainable Business Awards have been revealed at a gala dinner in Auckland.
The winners are part of a growing trend for businesses to consider their impact on society, and to improve their bottom
line by doing so. All five winners have focused on reducing their environmental impacts, improving staff and community
relationships; and have managed to reduce costs and improved outcomes by doing so.
Ann Sherry, CEO of Westpac New Zealand said “The businesses attending tonight’s awards are some of the leading lights
among the many thousands around the country that are making real contributions to their communities and I congratulate
“Westpac has this year sponsored the Sustainable Business Awards as an illustration of the importance we place on this
critical business function. By supporting such inspirational companies in achieving business excellence and
sustainability, we hope to encourage many others, all over New Zealand, to adopt this leadership approach too.”
This leadership and excellence has been shown in volumes by companies such as Comvita, the winner of the Trailblazer
Award, sponsored by IAG. Comvita is a leading New Zealand manufacturer and exporter of innovative health products made
from honeybee raw materials and other plant based extracts. Sustainability is vital for its products, brand and
production methods. It has delivered cost reductions, enhanced reputation and an excellent relationship with
Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network, said “the finalists and winners of these awards show that
sustainability is not a fringe element in business - in fact it’s mainstream. These businesses are to be commended for
being an example to others and most importantly for achieving financial and business results, as well as making a
contribution to society and the environment.”
The winners are:
Trailblazer Award, sponsored by IAG
Photo: Comvita with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, and Ann Sherry Westpac CEO.
Comvita has established cohesive sustainable systems in every part of its business. From waste management through to a strong
involvement with its community, Comvita apply a systematic and cost effective approach to addressing sustainability
issues. Comvita’s manufacturing plant is licensed to the internationally-recognised Good Manufacturing Practice standard
for complementary health products.
Judges' Commendations: YHA Wellington and YHA Wanaka
Westpac People’s Choice Award:
Winner: Fonterra Tirau
Fonterra has developed an anoxic treatment process to significantly reduce the nitrate levels of treated wastewater at
its Tirau plant. The process works by turning off aerators that supply oxygen to the wastewater ponds, resulting in
cleaner water being discharged to the environment.
Web designer absolutely.co.nz has made sustainability integral to their business. They have put measures in place for
monitoring and improving energy efficiency and achieved reductions in waste to landfill. They have audited suppliers and
changed several based on environmental and ethical considerations.
Winner: Hamilton YWCA
Since beginning with energy efficiency measures, the YWCA has made significant progress in reducing its environmental
footprint. It has reduced gas use by 25%, is continually improving power efficiencies, and achieves almost zero waste in
its meals on wheels service.
The Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Network promotes sustainable practice in New Zealand and supports businesses on the path to
becoming sustainable. We link businesses and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences equipping our
members for success.
Westpac is New Zealand’s largest single bank with over 1.3 million customers and nearly 6,000 employees. Westpac is
committed to sustainability and so is involved in a number of initiatives in this space including Zero Waste,
Sustainable supply chain management, and a new programme designed to engage staff, customers and all New Zealanders
alike in improving their financial literacy.