What others are doing in sustainability

With so many challenges to tackle and opportunities that arise from sustainability, an increasing number of businesses are mobilising in this space. Their sustainability efforts manifest in diverse ways.

When it comes to carbon, businesses are measuring their carbon footprint, actively looking at ways to decarbonise, creating low carbon products and making bold commitments from carbon zero to net zero and climate positive.

Examples include:

  • Exploring ways to create a circular economy by moving from a linear take, make, waste model to reusing and recycling resources.
  • Increasingly looking to their whole value chain to influence sustainability outcomes through ethical purchasing decisions when it comes to products and services they buy.
  • Valuing their people and communities more in how they operate and finding ways to bring social responsibility to the centre of their business models.
  • Wanting to disclose and communicate what they doing, aligned to global reporting frameworks like the global reporting initiative (GRI), integrated reporting (IR). Or using frameworks and certifications like B-Corp to guide both their actions and communicate commitment.

Carbon: Christchurch International airport just became climate positive which means they offset more emissions than they produce. Sky Stadium trusts are on a mission to reduce their carbon and Excel Digital are carbon zero certified with Toitu and on a mission to continue to optimise their business and supply chain while reducing carbon at the same time.

Circular economy: NZ Post enable soft plastics to be returned to them and have partnered with Future Post to turn soft plastics into fence posts.

Sustainable procurement: Ports of Auckland have set a target to have 67% of their suppliers measuring their Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025 as part of a wide range of sustainability screening requirements of suppliers and a broad programme to tackle their value chain.

Social responsibility: Cargill Enterprises employ over 80 people with disabilities as part of their core social purpose and vision of “an inclusive world where everyone matters”. They are on a mission to: “unlock the potential of people with disabilities, empowering them to live purposeful lives through gainful employment”

Reporting and certification:  Eagle Protect are New Zealand’s first B Corp. They used this certification process to both identify ways to improve their business while also elevating their sustainability credentials.

Case Studies

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