Regional winners for the Sustainable Business Network awards just keep coming, with the Bay of Plenty region the latest to receive accolades. Among the “extremely high” calibre of winners is a personal care and packaging business originally founded in Sweden and a Tauranga-based patisserie. Even the Tauranga Council got in on the act.
Sustainable Business of the Year/Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business Award
SCA Hygiene Australasia, establoshed in Sweden in 1929, took out the Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business Award and the overall title of Sustainable Business of the Year. The judges were impressed with SCA Hygiene’s continual development approach, praising the company for its strong sustainability vision with a structure in place to support, at an operational level.
“The company has adopted a long-term sustainability focus which is clearly connected to the financial bottom line but enhances this with strong community and staff engagement, social responsibility, and a commendable openness about its practices,” they said.
As a group, SCA develops, produces and markets personal care products, tissue, packaging, publication papers and solid-wood products, and has sales in more than 100 countries. SCA says its Kawerau site has worked hard to ensure that it excels across the board where sustainable business practices are concerned.
Emerging Small and Medium Business Award
The Emerging Small and Medium Business Award was given to Isthmus, a New Zealand-based design practice specialising in landscape architecture, urban design and landscape planning.
Among the company’s social responsibility good deeds is the introduction of a mid-winter annual leave day in order to celebrate Matariki. There’s also the Isthmus Environment Fund whereby staff can apply for funding for environmental projects in the areas that they live and work.
The judges were impressed with Isthmus Tauranga’s commitment to design excellence, and their value driven approach to sustainable practices and their sustainability journey.
“They have identified the influence their business and designs can have in terms of social and environmental impacts and have incorporated this into sustainability strategy with innovative results.,” said the judges.
This year’s Productivity Award was a tasty one, with well-known Tauranga patisserie Florentines taking out the gong. The judges were impressed by Florentines integration of productivity tools in every aspect of its business.
“Integration of productivity tools were evident in every aspect of the business with every staff area and workplace, whether management or factory floor,” said the judges.
“Extremely strong leadership and commitment is displayed from the top and productivity improvement is driving the growth and sustainability of the company.”
Not for Profit Award
Rounding off twinners list is Tauranga City Council (TCC), who took out top spot in the Not for Profit category. Judges said they were in particular imopressed by the council’s top to bottom committment that ensures sustainability is a strategic part of the council’s entire operation.
“TCC impressed with both the content and execution of their sustainability planning,” said the judges. “The plan is well thought out, taking a very broad view of their roles and responsibilities. In the execution of the plan TCC give special consideration to their stakeholders preferred means of communication. The result is both effective and fun.”
Commendations were awarded to Muir’s Apparelmaster & Linen Hire; Solscape Eco Retreat; and NZ Clean Energy Centre. All of these businesses impressed the judges for their clear commitment to sustainable business practices.