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Staff muck in for Big Green Day Out

ANZ offers its staff one paid day off per year to volunteer, meanwhile BNZ’s ‘Closed for Good’ campaign follows much the same ethos — that getting out into the community to contribute socially and environmentally is a good thing all round. Along similar lines, Ricoh New Zealand recently completed its ‘Big Green Day Out’, focused on restoring habitat for the endangered New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu the south east Auckland shoreline. 

The small wading bird was once widespread, but the Department of Conservation estimates there are only about 1,700 birds left due to a combination of habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals and disturbance during breeding. 

Joined by the Bug Man, aka Ruud Kleinpaste, staff and their families were taken on by bus to Duder Regional Park where staff got busy weeding in dotterel nesting and roosting areas that are often damaged by people, animals, and invasive pest plants. 

“Ricoh New Zealand puts a huge focus on reducing our environmental impact, and we also look for meaningful ways to help the environment in general. Involving our staff, families and customers on a fun day is a great way to do that,” said Ricoh managing director Mike Pollok.

The company is no stranger to being a do-gooder. This year it made it to the FTSE4Good Index Series — the eighth year in a row it has done so. The index series has been designed to objectively measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards.