Businesses battle it out in Sustainable Business Network’s Central/Southern awards

Businesses battle it out in Sustainable Business Network’s Central/Southern awards

Having paid homage to businesses in the North last month, the latest round of Sustainable Business Network Awards heaped accolades on businesses in the Central and South of the country, with cycling and childhood education businesses among the winners. 

Taking out the Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business award, and the overall title of Sustainable Business of the Year, was corporate wardrobe supplier Booker~Spalding. The judges said they were impressed with the company’s “excellent all round and comprehensive application”. 

The company’s strong monitoring systems that allowed for continual control and change also caught the judges attention, as did its ccontributions to schools and its “innovative approaches to reusing and recycling”. 

The Emerging Small and Medium Business award went to Daisies Early Education and Care Centre in Johnsonville, Wellington. 

“Our aim is to be the best little early childhood education centre in New Zealand and we view sustainability as an integral component of the jigsaw puzzle that will help us ultimately deliver on that aim,” said the centre’s director Linda Meade. 

The judges were impressed with Daisies’ strong philosophy and clear vision and loved how the centre advocates for recycling with the Wellington City Council.

“It is clear that Daisies are passionate about their business and its (little and large) clients and have gone the extra mile with providing reusable nappies for all children,” they said. 

Cycle accessory store Ground Effect received the Trailblazer Small and Medium Business award, with judges impressed by its  business model that involves no middle-men. Describing it as a “quirky, zestful and energetic business,” the judges praised the company for its investments in energy reduction, product durability and the staff culture it has created. 

Even Wellington’s Victoria University got in on some of the action, taking out the Not for Profit award category. 

“In our view, sustainability integrates the concern for social, economic and environmental issues. So having a sustainable focus is simply good business practice for us at Victoria University and we are committed to managing our responsibilities in this area,” said Steph Forrest, associate director of Victoria University’s facilities management. 

The university impressed the judges with its comprehensive programme for energy, gas, and water use reduction. The judges were also impressed by other initiatives including free buses and rainwater used for toilets. 

It’s intitiaves have resulted in a 22 percent energy reduction, 15 percent gas reduction, and a 34 percent reduction in water use. 

The awards also handed out commendations to Nelson Environment Centre; NELMAC Whakatu Nursery; and CentrePort Ltd.

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