NZ Post achieves international recognition for sustainability.

9 Feb 2016

NZ Post has been internationally recognised for its sustainability initiatives by Accounting for Sustainability at its recent summit in London alongside leading global businesses.

NZ Post has been internationally recognised for its sustainability initiatives by Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) at its recent summit in London alongside leading global businesses.

As a result of NZ Post’s leadership role in adopting Integrated Reporting, and its strong track record of implementing sustainability initiatives, it was approached by the Australia New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants to contribute to the A4S summit by providing case studies that would encourage other businesses to adopt sustainable business practices.

Dawn Baggaley, Corporate Sustainability Manager at NZ Post, says “Sustainability is a big deal at NZ Post so we feel proud to have two case studies - driver training and supply chain - selected by Accounting for Sustainability. It’s great to haave our work, which came about as a result of adopting Integrated Reporting, featured alongside leading European sustainable business such as Unilever, Boots, and Marks and Spencer”.

Dawn says, “It’s putting New Zealand on the map and showing that New Zealand companies are doing equally good work in embedding sustainability into business, and being accountable for our impacts.”

New Zealand Post was recognised for:

Cost savings related to driver training:

Fuel efficient driver training cuts fuel use, reducing costs and increasing safety and service efficiency. As fuel use associated with deliveries is a significant cost to NZ Post and contributes to its environmental impact, the company has worked to implement new technology, new systems and individual behaviour change to reduce the 40 per cent of the company’s emissions produced by deliveries.

Since being established in 2013 the driver training programme has had a number of benefits:

  • Ongoing fuel reductions between 3.5 to 4 per cent
  • Cost savings and lower environmental impact
  • Enhanced brand perception
  • Safer, more efficient delivery service

Supply chain related to the transformation of old corporate uniforms into fashion:

The innovation turns old uniforms into clothing and in doing so it reduces waste and creates jobs. NZ Post uses Earthlink, a not for profit recycling company, that provides jobs and training opportunities for people who face barriers to employment. The uniforms are then sorted and de-logoed, ready to be upcycled for the Earthlink Apparel line or sent to community groups.

This has given new purpose to the 9,000 to 10,000 staff uniforms that are returned every year and eases the pressure that textiles put on landfill with 4 per cent of NZ’s landfill being comprised of textiles.

The benefits of the programme are:

  • Disposal costs reduced
  • $115 per tonne of textiles saved by redirecting garments from landfill
  • Revenue streams created for community partners to help sustain their operations
  • Reusing 1kg of textiles can reduce CO2 emissions by 3.6kg, use of water by 6,000 litres, use of fertilisers by 0.3kg and use of pesticides by 0.2kg
  • NZ Post brand is strengthened due to positive impact on the environment, communities and wider society.

Accounting for Sustainability helped develop and communicate Integrated Thinking and supported the establishment of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), of which NZ Post was a pilot member.

Read the booklet with case studies from NZ Post and other businesses presented at Accounting for Sustainability.

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