The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are the premier event of their kind in NZ. Entrants include individuals, small businesses and corporates from all over NZ. You don’t need to be an SBN member. Entries close next Monday.
The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards have been running for 14 years. They celebrate businesses, government agencies, social enterprises and individuals helping to transform New Zealand into a model sustainable nation.
Previous winners come from all sectors and all walks of life. Take a quick look at last year’s top performers to see how you can enter.
Last year’s Element Magazine Sustainability Champion Award winner was Dorothy Wilson. She of the Community Recycling Network (CRN). A former Deputy Mayor of Waitakere City, Dorothy has been an educator, author and leader in sustainability for more than 30 years. CRN is an organisation representing Community Enterprises focused on zero waste. It has members from Kaitaia to Bluff.
Cadence Communicating Sustainability Award went to Auckland-based Eat My Lunch. Eat My Lunch aims to alleviate poverty in New Zealand by creating a social movement, starting with children’s lunches. The concept is simple: for every lunch you buy, Eat My Lunch gives one to a Kiwi kid in need. By buying lunches, consumers can join the movement and create instant impact in their own communities.
The EcoPro Cleaning Co Community Innovation Award winner was Wellington-based social enterprise Ākina Foundation. It won for its Launchpad Programme. This helps support other social enterprises to flourish while tackling social or environmental problems.
The Community Impact Award and the Auckland Council Mega Efficiency Impact Award went to Wellington-based Kaibosh. Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation. It has a vision of zero food poverty and zero food waste. It works seven days a week in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, and rescued more than 10,000 kg of quality surplus food each month last year. It then provided this free of charge to community groups to support people in need.
The Ricoh Mega Efficiency Innovation Award was won by Wishbone Design Studio. The company got the prize for its Recycled Edition. This is a multifunctional bicycle that introduces children to cycling and recycling.
The Renewables Innovation Award went to DB Breweries and Gull for the creation of a commercially-available biofuel made from the by-product of beer.
The Renewables Impact Award winner was Abodo wood. Abodo won for its innovative new technologies in wood production. These make wood more durable and stable, so that chemicals are not required.
The Yealands Family Wines Restorative Innovation Award was won by Nelson-based SnapIT. SnapIT has created an electronic monitoring system to capture all activity on-board fishing vessels. The system is cheaper and more effective than current options reliant on physical observers.
The Restorative Impact Award winner was Taupo Beef. Mike and Sharon Barton produce a premium brand of beef. They have limited the cattle numbers. More than a fifth of the 146-hectare farm is either set aside for conservation or river bank replanted with native trees and plants. The farm is also heavily monitored and has trialled new waste control methods.
The EECA Business Energy Management Award went to Laminex New Zealand. Laminex is part of the Laminates and Panels division of Fletcher Building. Laminex has been awarded various certifications, including the Environmental Choice NZ and Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody.
Each category also featured at least one Commendation. This allowed us to celebrate others excelling in these areas.
Rachel Brown, SBN CEO says: “There is a great breadth of work being done on sustainability and business across our whole society. These awards recognise that. We want to get as many doers and decision makers as we can in the room this year. It’s a great way to celebrate, be inspired and learn more.”