Sustainability

​Sustainability

 

Being sustainable is fundamental to the way we do business at NZI.

 

Bringing the future into today’s decisions makes good business sense and will enable us to be here for the long term. That’s to the benefit of our customers, the community, our employees, suppliers, shareholders and the environment.

 

NZI takes a balanced approach to business sustainability across five key dimensions you can read about below.

 

Our investment in our Auckland-based head office, the NZI Centre on Fanshawe Street, is a great example of these dimensions interacting. The building’s not only architecturally magnificent but also environmentally considerate.

 

  • It achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating on both design and interior fit-out.

  • It has extensive green and smart features, including a living roof and passive rainwater collection for use in the toilet facilities.

  • It provides economic benefits through reduced electricity use and improvements in staff well-being and productivity.

  • Our people enjoy working in a building that supports a collaborative culture.

  


  

Customers

Our relationship with our customers extends beyond paying claims. We aim to anticipate and respond to our customers’ changing needs, help them to reduce risk to avoid unnecessary hardships, and keep premiums affordable. Investing in these areas will ensure we deliver innovative products and services to meet future needs.

 

In 2007 NZI was the first insurer in New Zealand to offer incentives for environmental choices in its personal insurance product range. We followed that up a year later by incorporating sustainability features in our commercial suite as well.

 

Depending on your policy, these incentives could include: 

  • replacing appliances with more energy-efficient ones

  • building sustainable features into homes

  • getting discounts for driving less.

 

They not only make good environmental sense, but can also save our customers money on their power and fuel bills. It’s a practical way we can support people’s sustainable lifestyle choices.

 

Check out these insurance product pages for more details:

 
 

Our people

We look after our people by building a supportive culture and providing a range of employee benefits. Investing in our culture includes attracting and retaining the right people with the right capabilities to meet current and future business requirements. Proud, engaged and motivated people are more likely to go above and beyond to help our customers each day.

 
 

Community

We invest in community partnerships that promote safety and resilience through effective risk management, reducing unnecessary hardships and more affordable insurance. This creates a better economic outcome for everyone, which in turn enables us to invest further in the community and address insurance affordability.

 

NZI is a foundation sponsor of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and has been a partner in developing initiatives rewarding sustainable business practice.

 

These initiatives include: 

  • the annual SBN Awards, which recognise exceptional efforts New Zealand businesses are making to be sustainable

  • Greenlist, a free listing service to help people and businesses list and find sustainable products and services

  • Get Sust Online, an online sustainability assessment tool for businesses.

 
 

Natural environment

We’re managing the environment’s impact on our business as well as our impact on the environment. As our properties, communities and livelihoods become more vulnerable to the risk of increasingly severe natural perils, it makes commercial sense to share our knowledge to encourage greater resilience.

 

NZI continuously improves the management of its carbon footprint. Over the past seven years we’ve improved how we operate, and how we use consumables and utilities. And true to a 2006 promise made by IAG (of which NZI is a wholly owned subsidiary), the business has met its carbon neutral commitment (781kb pdf).

 
 

Economic performance

We deliver sustainable financial returns by anticipating and managing external and internal influencers of our financial performance.

 

Our economic performance underpins our ability to deliver value, not only to our shareholders, but to all those who rely on us, including customers, communities, our workforce and the natural environment. 

 


   

Delivering on our commitments

NZI, as part of Insurance Australia Group (IAG), is a founding signatory to a number of commitments, including the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance.

 

We track our progress against these commitments and report annually to our stakeholders. The IAG Annual Report is accessible online.

 

IAG takes part in external benchmarking activities to capture feedback on what we’re doing well and where we can improve. We’re proud to be recognised for our sustainable business commitments.

 

Read more about our external recognition and benchmarking.