2023 AWARD COMMENDATION
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Frankie has been quietly working in the background of the sustainability movement among businesses in Aotearoa New Zealand for years but has never sought the spotlight.
Starting as a corporate lawyer, he quickly found his passion in the impact and social enterprise space working with the Ākina Foundation. He then joined Go Well Consulting, a leading sustainability service provider and helped small to medium-sized enterprises with their sustainability strategies, purpose and governance.
During his time, Frankie developed a relationship with B Lab and became an accredited B Consultant in Aotearoa New Zealand, giving him the ability to support businesses through the impact measurement and B Corp certification process.
In 2022, Frankie started his own business, Près Strategy with an ambitious vision to help businesses transition to an inclusive, zero-carbon, circular, regenerative future. One of his current projects is the NZTE Business for Good programme, which is a partnership between NZTE and B Lab. He has been the primary facilitator and helped NZTE refine and iterate on the programme content, structure and format to make it relevant and impactful for export-focused businesses.
Award nominator Chris Lijzenga from NZTE says Frankie does a masterful job of bringing businesses together and facilitating collaboration and discussion. He notes Frankie’s humour, positivity and enthusiasm have added much value to businesses across the country.
Frankie also works as a consultant within the programme, working one-to-one with businesses on their impact assessments. He is so good that businesses have asked to work with him before they have been allocated a consultant.
Frankie is a self-proclaimed “governance geek”. As a lawyer he volunteers for countless hours with Lawyers for Climate Action, supporting collaborative and system-wide legal efforts to support climate action.