NZAS recognised in Ethical Governance Awards

Published: Fri 24 Nov 2006 02:31 PM
Media Release
24 November 2006
NZAS recognised in Ethical Governance Awards
New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) was recognised as one of three finalists in the 2006 Kensingston Swan Ethical Governance Award at the Deloitte/Management magazine Top 200 Awards last night.
The smelter was shortlisted for the award based on its implementation of a business improvement methodology called Lean Manufacturing, which engages employees in a systematic approach to identify and eliminate waste in the workplace.
NZAS General Manager Brian Cooper said the Lean Manufacturing tools had empowered employees to deliver improvements in areas such as Health and Safety, Environment, Operations and Financial Performance.
“We are currently engaged in a culture transformation at NZAS. For many years we had a goal of zero injuries and incidents, which has led us to look for and rectify unsafe practices. In much the same way, Lean is teaching us how to identify waste and eliminate it,” he said.
“We are now striving for not only a goal of zero injuries and incidents in our workplace, but also zero waste. “
“We are honoured to be recognized for our efforts,” Mr Cooper said.
Over the last year more than 200 NZAS employees were trained in Lean Manufacturing methods. The tools aim to empower employees to challenge the status quo, recognise and eliminate waste, reduce frustration and maximise value-adding activities.
This is the second time NZAS has been a finalist for the Award. The smelter last won the Award in 2004 for its “The Goal is Zero” safety programme.

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Profit First For Law Firms: How To Run A Profitable Law Firm
By: Hugh Grant
NZ’s Record-Breaking Ocean Temperatures – Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Bacteria-Fighting Viruses Propel Emerging New Zealand Scientist To International Recognition
By: Bioprotection Aotearoa
Data Peaks As Fibre Network Reaches 1.5 Million Addresses
By: Bill Bennett
New AI Predator Detection Tools Available
By: Department of Conservation
Gas Production Forecast To Fall Below Demand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media