The 2011 winners were announced on Wednesday 30 November, 2011 at the Australis-Nathan Building, Britomart, Auckland.
Overall – Large Business - Beca
Beca has an outstanding commitment to reducing waste, engaging its workforce and the supporting communities in need. A bio solids drying facility developed for Christchurch City Council has eliminated 29,000 tonnes of waste going to landfill, reduced carbon emissions by 52,000 tonnes and saved the Council $5m on its energy costs. Beca is owned by 1,000 of its employees - ensuring long-term ownership and success. Its support offered to Christchurch staff and families following the earthquake has been excellent.
Overall - Medium Business - Soar Printing
In business for nearly 100 years, sustainable business practices are integral to Soar’s success. Not only is sustainability embedded into governance and management structures, the printing industry leader has a strong focus on reducing its environmental impact. Soar has reduced its carbon footprint by 20-percent in the last 12 months, and is carboNZero, Enviro-Mark Diamond and ISO14001 certified.
Strategy and Governance - Auckland Airport
In 2007, Auckland Airport developed a five year sustainability strategy with 41 targets. The strategy has been hugely successful in delivering business benefits due to buy-in across the company .The airport achieved Silver status in January 2011 from Earthchech benchmarking and certification.
Workplace category - Bank of New Zealand
Bank of New Zealand recognises its success is closely linked to the success of the communities in which they operate. Every year it holds “Closed for Good”, a day where staff volunteer for community projects. This equated to more than 22,000 volunteer hours in 2011.
Marketplace category - Ziptrek Ecotours
Ziptrek Ecotours is Queenstown’s latest tourist attraction, combining education and adventure. It provides a unique experience - journeying through nature by zipline while learning all about sustainability. Ziptrek Ecotours has been recognised with the Qualmark Envrio Gold accreditation and Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Award 2010.
Community category - Meridian Energy
Meridian Energy has five community funds and its award entry focuses on the Waitaki Community Fund. This fund allocates $1m over three years to support local community projects. To date, it has supported 187 projects with grants ranging from $300 to $50,000.
Environment category - Beca
Beca transformed Wellington premises Aorangi House into a 5-Star GreenStar building for its staff. Proving New Zealand’s current building stock can be retrofitted to meet green star criteria, Aorangi House is now one of the highest performing buildings in New Zealand.
Special commendation - Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport received a special commendation for being a finalist in all five categories.
Special commendation - Anguillid Consulting Engineers and Scientists
Sustainability is at the core of Anguillid’s purpose, systems and consulting. For its size, the company has strong governance practices such as regular reports to the Board with key performance areas and indicators.