New partner backs sustainability drive

Last updated 05:00 19/04/2013

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The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) has become a strategic partner in the annual Sustainable 60 programme, saying Kiwi businesses still have work to do in getting the sustainability message.

The awards programme, which launched today for its fifth year, recognises the sustainability efforts of businesses in five categories: strategy and governance, marketplace, workplace, community and environment. 

The awards encourage a whole-of-business approach to sustainability, however companies are able to enter into any category no matter what stage they are at in their sustainability journey. 

The Sustainable Business Council executive director Penny Nelson says businesses “need to put the pedal down” on adopting sustainable practices, rather than waiting for government to take the lead.

“We are getting in behind these awards because we believe sustainability is something that every business in New Zealand needs to be thinking about, and building into their core business strategy and practice,” says Nelson.

Mainstream business is starting to take sustainability issues seriously, but more needs to be done to take the sustainability message to a broader business audience, she told a recent Auckland workshop. 

The workshop also profiled the success stories of two sustainability-award winning businesses — Taranaki-based laundry firm La Nuova Apparelmaster and Westpac New Zealand. 

La Nuova and Westpac were both winners in the 2012 Sustainable 60 Awards, which recognise New Zealand firms that adopt sustainable business practices. 

The annual awards are run by Unlimited publishers Fairfax Media, SBC, in association with Business NZ. 

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