Finalists announced for 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

Judges for the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards have announced the line-up of finalists after another record year of entries.

CEO of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Rachel Brown says the record numbers are a sign of growing business confidence in sustainability.

“It’s hard to find a business now that isn’t talking about the role it can play – or is already playing – to improve environmental or social performance. Our youth is screaming for action now from all sectors.

“Government has stepped up, seeing the economic opportunity if business leads on climate change, the circular economy and employment conditions. We are seeing a rapid growth in SBN’s membership. Businesses really want to build their capability so they can reap the rewards of embracing sustainability.

“Our Awards are a fabulous way of showcasing the growing leadership here in Aotearoa. The eyes of the world are looking at the winners with interest. It’s exciting times for sustainable, restorative business.”

“The finalists include small businesses, corporates and not for profits, showing that all types of organisations can make a success out of sustainability. The quality of entries has been extremely high, so making the final round of judging is a considerable achievement.

Garry Taylor, Executive General Manager of NZI, the Principal Sponsor of the Awards, says they serve an important purpose.

“The impact that business is having on our environment and communities, and their increasing impact on business, is becoming more apparent and a more urgent issue to address. What the Awards do is encourage those businesses who are actively doing something about it to come forward and have their efforts recognised.

“NZI is proud to have supported the Sustainable Business Network and the national Awards for the last 11 years. We’re strong believers in the Network’s mission to inspire change and we congratulate all those who took the time to enter, and those selected as finalists.”

The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards have been running for 16 years.

The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on 22 November at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront. Tickets are now on sale.

Sustainability Superstar Award

  • Tracy Brown
  • Steve Bush
  • Karen Fifield MNZM
  • David Ivory
  • Dave Maslen
  • Mike Murphy
  • Kirsten Taylor
  • Tony Wheeler

Communicating for Change Award

Sponsored by Cadence Communications

  • Agricon
  • Countdown
  • Fuji Xerox NZ
  • GoodFor
  • Pathfinder Asset Management
  • Pohatu Penguins/Plunge NZ
  • Sustainability Trust
  • The Rubbish Trip
  • Wā Collective

Hardwired for Social Good Award

  • Auckland District Health Board – Tāmaki Mental Health and Wellbeing initiative
  • Fonterra
  • Karma Coke
  • Kilmarnock Enterprises
  • Munch Cupboard
  • My Cup NZ
  • Rangi Ruru Girls School
  • State of Grace
  • Sudima Hotels

Partnering for Good Award

Sponsored by Alsco

  • Ākina Foundation + NZ Post
  • All Good Bananas
  • Z Energy
  • All Heart NZ
  • KickStart Breakfast - Fonterra + Sanitarium + Ministry of Social Development
  • KiwiHarvest + Everybody Eats
  • Living Water Partnership - Department of Conservation + Fonterra
  • Springboard Trust
  • St Johns College, Hastings + Whatever It Takes
  • Take My Hands
  • The Achieving at Waitakere Trust

Efficiency Champion Award

Sponsored by Ricoh

  • Air New Zealand
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • AUT University
  • City Rail Link
  • Civic Contractors
  • Fonterra Pahiatua

Smarter Transport Award

Sponsored by WSP Opus

  • Civic Contractors
  • EnviroNZ
  • Mevo
  • Tranzit Group
  • Waste Management NZ
  • Yoogo Share

Revolutionising Energy Award

Sponsored by EECA Business

  • emhTrade
  • Fonterra - Electric Milk
  • Red Stag Timber
  • solarcity
  • Watercare

Transforming Food Award

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

  • All Good Bananas
  • Better Burger
  • Prima Roastery
  • EnviroNZ
  • Everybody Eats
  • Jersey Girl Organics
  • Kai Ika
  • Our Land of Milk and Honey
  • Wise Boys

Restoring Nature Award

Sponsored by Department of Conservation

  • Agricom
  • Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
  • Banks Track NZ + Pohatu Penguins Plunge NZ
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Goodnature
  • Real Journeys
  • Stu Muir
  • Tahi
  • Te Whangai Trust
  • Tongariro River Rafting

Millennials on a Mission Award

Sponsored by Ministry of Youth Development

  • Olie Body
  • Finn Lawrence
  • Catherine Lea
  • Maddison McQueen-Davies
  • Siddhartha Mehta
  • Holly Norton
  • Olivia Philpott
  • Danny Pritchard