Auckland’s Villa Maria Estate has been named both Large Business Trailblazer and Sustainable Business of the Year at the Sustainable Business Network Awards for its approach to marketing and understanding of the social impact of alcohol consumption.
The awards are now in their ninth year, celebrating savvy organisations that are reshaping their business models for a more sustainable New Zealand.
“Villa Maria provides a great example of how successful business and leading-edge sustainable practices can go hand in hand,” says Sustainable Business Network chief executive Rachel Brown.
Other key awards announced were the People’s Choice Award, presented to Raw Essentials, a raw pet food company that uses locally-sourced, pest species. This award was open to public voting: from a selection of five finalists, members of the public were able to vote for their favourite sustainable business.
The Social Innovation Award was presented to Te Whangai, an organisation that provides young unemployed people with the opportunity to work in a plant nursery.
The winner of the Sustainable Design and Innovation Award was Return to Sender, a company that produces biodegradable caskets and urns in which ashes can be interred.
Founder of Phoenix Organics, Chris Morrison received the Sustainability Champion Award for his tireless work in sustainability organisations such as the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society (which operates the BioGro Organic Certification programme) and his contribution to multiple green companies as a founder and investor.
The full list of Sustainable Business Network Award winners:
Raw Essentials (locally-sourced raw pet food using pest species) – Small Emerging Business Winner
Colmar Brunton (market research company) – Medium Emerging Business Winner
Trevelyan Pack and Cool Ltd (packing and cool storage for kiwifruit and avocados) - Large Emerging Business Winner
Kokako (organic coffee company) – Small Trailblazer Winner
James & Wells Intellectual Property (intellectual property law firm) – Medium Trailblazer Winner
Villa Maria Estate (wine industry) – Large Trailblazer Winner
Unitec Institute of Technology (tertiary provider) – Trailblazer Not-for-Profit Winner
Te Whangai – Social Innovation Award
Return to Sender – Sustainable Design & Innovation Award
Chris Morrison – Sustainability Champion
Raw Essentials – People’s Choice Award
Villa Maria Estate – Sustainable Business of the Year
Commendations in their respective national award categories were given to regional winners Meridian Energy, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers and Kaimira Estate Wines.
Commendations were also awarded to Gap Filler for the Social Innovation Award and Biobrew for the Sustainable Design and Innovation Award.