Westpac crowned 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year

Published: Fri 11 Nov 2011 10:04 AM
9 November 2011
Westpac crowned 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year
An outstanding focus on encouraging sustainability has seen Westpac New Zealand named Sustainable Business of the Year at the 2011 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards in Auckland tonight.
Westpac also took home the People’s Choice and the Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business awards.
The Judges were particularly impressed by Westpac’s high level of commitment to sustainability across management levels. It has instigated sustainability initiatives in a number of business areas such as carbon trading, an impulse savings product, financial literacy programmes, recyclable bank cards and communication of sustainability issues to customers.
Rachel Brown, chief executive of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), was impressed with the company’s focus on addressing the most material impacts of its business and its long-term view of sustainability.
The National Sustainable Business Network Awards were presented by MCs, senior Sunday Star-Times journalist Rod Oram and Back Benches host Wallace Chapman, in front of a who’s who of the country’s most sustainable businesses.
Mayor Len Brown welcomed all guests to Auckland. For many it was their first visit to Shed 10, the city’s social hub during Rugby World Cup 2011.
The full list of winners and judges’ commendations:
CategoryWinnerJudges’ commendationNZI Sustainable Business of the YearWestpac New Zealand LimitedEmerging
Small and Medium Business AwardDaisies Early Education & Care CentreEmerging
Large and Corporate Business AwardLocalist Limited
Small and Medium Business AwardTahi Estate Ltd
Large and Corporate Business AwardWestpac New Zealand LimitedSCA Hygiene Australasia – Kawerau PlantTrailblazer
Not for Profit AwardFramework TrustSustainable Design and Innovation AwardCityhop Cars by the Hour by CityhopHungry Bin by Low Impact LimitedSustainability Champion AwardPippa Coom - Grey Lynn Farmers Market, Cycle Action AucklandSocial Innovation Award350 AotearoaKaiboshPeople’s Choice AwardWestpac New Zealand Limited
SBN represents more than 600 New Zealand organisations which recognise the importance of balancing the needs of people, planet and profit in their day-to-day operations.
NZI is one of SBN’s foundation partners and is the principal sponsor of the national SBN awards for the fourth consecutive year. Additional sponsors include The University of Waikato Management School; Ricoh; Corporate Express; Pure Advantage; EECA Business; Wright Communications; Element; and Vodafone.
Executive general manager Karl Armstrong says it is great to see an increasing number of companies committed to making their business more sustainable.
“The SBN Awards are a great way to recognise and support these companies. We’re delighted that Westpac has been named the 2011 NZI Sustainable Business of the Year and offer our congratulations to all the winners,” says Mr Armstrong.
Businesses can enter the awards in two ways:
1. By participation in the SBN’s ‘Get Sustainable Challenge’, which helps businesses to identify, measure and improve their sustainable development;
2. Or they can enter the National Category Awards via a separate entry form i.e. Sustainable Design and Innovation Award; Social Innovation Award; and the Sustainability Champion Award.
For more information on the finalists and winners go to:
Wright Communications is proud to provide pro bono public relations services to the Sustainable Business Network.
Editors’ notes
The NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards celebrate New Zealand businesses actively integrate principles of sustainability into their daily business operations.
JudgesNameCredentialsAssociate Professor Eva CollinsStrategy & Human Resource Management, University of WaikatoChris MorrisonCEO, All Good OrganicsTom NewittCorporate Responsibility Manager, FonterraSarah HoldenSustainability Manager, IAGDr. A. Idil GaziulusoyLecturer, Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, School of Art and Design, AUTDuncan StewartDirector, Greenhouse Clean TechJamie SinclairDirector of Sustainability, KPMGDr Helen TredigdaSenior Lecturer, Accounting, AUT Business SchoolPramesh MaharajEECAJeanette FitzsimonsEnvironmental campaigner, and former Green Party Co-Leader Faye LangdonLangdon ConsultingRod OramBusiness journalist
About the Sustainable Business Network
Nationally, the SBN represents more than 550 organisations, from small to medium enterprises and not-for-profits, through to large businesses and corporations. SBN promotes sustainable business practice through networking, practical advice, and resource and tool development. It provides opportunities for businesses to do, learn, share and create in order to advance and embed sustainability.
SBN runs the Get Sustainable Challenge, the GreenFleet programme (including tree-planting offsets via Carbon4Good), and hosts the annual SBN Awards. SBN has also developed the online assessment tool Get Sust Online and offers expert advice through Adviceline.
About NZI
NZI has been in business for 150 years, making it the oldest insurance brand in New Zealand. Through its national network of qualified brokers, NZI offers a variety of flexible and comprehensive insurance services for people and businesses in New Zealand. NZI is a proud supporter of the SBN and is the main sponsor of the National Sustainable Business Network Awards.
2011 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards finalistsCategoryFinalistsEmerging SMEBox Living
Daisies Early Education & Care Centre (WINNER)
Isthmus Group Ltd – Bay of Plenty BranchTrailblazer SMETahi Estate Ltd (WINNER)
Ground Effect Emerging Large
Localist Limited (Judges Commendation)
James & Wells Intellectual PropertyTrailblazer Large
Westpac New Zealand Limited (Winner)
SCA Hygiene Australasia –Kawerau Plant (Judges Commendation)
Booker SpaldingTrailblazer NFP
Framework Trust (Winner)
Tauranga City Council
Victoria University of WellingtonSustainability ChampionDr Ann Smith - CarboNZero CertTM Holdings
Pippa Coom - Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market, Cycle Action Auckland and Grey Lynn 2030 (Winner)
Steve Ellingford - Bayfair Shopping Centre
Design and InnovationCityhop (Winner)
Electric Bike Hub
Final Furniture Ltd
Hungry bin (Judges Commendation)Social Innovation
350 Aotearoa (Winner)
Kaibosh (Food rescue) – Judges Commendation 2011 Sustainable Business of the Year
Tahi Estate Ltd
Westpac New Zealand Limited (Winner)

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