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HAIRDRESSER

Jam Hair Co.

Website  •  Facebook  •  Instagram  •  (04) 384 4420

44 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

 

OUR PLEDGE

 

By mid 2019, we pledge to develop a new policy that will maximise our impact in the community and in support of animal welfare.

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Recycling

Each year, we divert 3,000 kilograms of recyclables from landfill

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Composting

Each year, we divert 2,496 kilograms of organic waste from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Eco-Packaging

Each year, we save 257 containers from potentially going to landfill.

 
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Supporting Communities

Each year, we donate $3,000.00 to help our communities and environment.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Sustainable Forestry

We offer 4 products for sale that have been made from wood sourced from sustainable forests.

 
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Cruelty Free

We offer 24 products for sale that are not tested on animals or treated animals inhumanely.

 
 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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"Sustainability, ethical practice, and kindness are all values that are important to me. I love that I get to work with brands with the same ethical standards, and as part of a team that embodies openness and acceptance. Our products are awesome for our clients, without compromising the environment we all live in. They are created by companies that care, and don’t believe in mistreating suppliers or employees. When that is important to your employer, you’ve hit the jackpot as an employee as far as I’m concerned.”

— Marianna Brown, Senior Stylist

 

As a business owner and sustainability advocate, it made sense to me to make sure my business reflects my views and values towards sustainability.

There are a number of planet-friendly practices that we’ve implemented in our salon - and a lot of them aren’t immediately obvious. We use LED lighting. We’ve removed all of our cleaning products and replaced them with Norwex cloths. We’ve swapped out our basin taps to 100% recyclable ECOHEADS, which use 56% less water than traditional non-water saving shower heads (but provide double the water pressure).

We only use (and stock) products that are recyclable, cruelty-free, and made from a sustainable source. We pay a living wage to our professional staff, we use fair trade coffee and we support local businesses.

The initiative I’m most proud of is that we’re now recycling the foil we use in our salon. We use a lot of it, and recycling it has drastically reduced our waste. Our staff have really got behind efforts to reduce our waste and our efforts are paying off. Our weekly rubbish has reduced from an overflowing wheelie bin down to a very small bag.

Sustainability should be important to every business, just as it is to ours.

- Louise Aitchison, Salon Manager & Co-owner

 
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OUR PLEDGE

 

Animal welfare is important to us and our customers. We are committed to working towards selling only free range pork, chicken & eggs by mid-2019.

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Recycling

Each year, we divert 62,400 kilograms of recyclables from landfill.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Composting

Each year, we divert 9,984 kilograms of organic waste from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Eco-packaging

Each year, we save 5,304 containers from potentially going to landfill.

 
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Supporting Communities

Our head chef donates his time to volunteer with charities and fundraising events, including Everybody Eats and Harbour Hospice’s Vintner's Brunch.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Sustainable Seafood

We offer 1 product that was sustainably caught/farmed.

 
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Organic

We offer 1 product that was organically grown or produced from crops grown organically.

 
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NZ Made

We offer 16 products that are made in New Zealand.

 
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Vegan

We offer 1 mains dish that is vegan.

 
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Free Range

We offer 1 dish that uses animals who avoided factory-style farming.

 
 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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"I’m very happy to be working at HAN as I’m quite proud of using great suppliers for our menus. HAN is really focusing on high quality & organic ingredients. Personally, I feel like I can contribute some good things to human being & environment.”

- Geon Woo Lee (Kevin Lee), Sous Chef

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“Working at HAN, I have realised that they are very focused on customer service and satisfaction, but at the same time, they also care about the environment and about being sustainable. I have a passion for the hospitality industry, but I have also realised that many restaurants are not very concerned about their impact on the environment. I enjoy working at Han restaurant because we are very conscious about this and we work hard to limit and control our environmental footprint as best as we can”

— Andres Pinzon, Restaurant Manager

 
 

Our environment is as important as ourselves!

HAN considers what we sell and what we produce. We care about people & planet, not just business itself. Sustainability is an important consideration when we’re putting together our business strategy - as is the Rise Strategy. The Rise is as pat of a community of conscious business that strive for social and environmental responsibility.

One of the practices we’re most proud of is the fact that we only use paper straws for our drinks! We also use free-range pork, and we have pledged to commit to even more free-range products by mid-2019. We’re also doing proper recycling and composting, and being careful to choose the right suppliers who are doing good too.

Our employees seem to understand what we practice at HAN and why we make the sustainable choices that we do. They are proud that we’re part of this movement of businesses doing good and being better!

 
 
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FUEL RETAIL

Z Energy

Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  0800 474 355

 

OUR PLEDGE

 

“We are committed to reducing carbon emissions by 30% and minimising waste to landfill from our operations by 2020. Developing new ways to help our customers reduce their fossil fuel consumption and choosing suppliers and partners with that demonstrate support of Z’s sustainability activities.”

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Recycling

Each year, we divert 390,577 kilograms of recyclables from landfill.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Composting

Each year, we divert 77,822 kilograms of organic waste from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Encouraging Reusables

Each year, we avoid 2,619 items of disposable packaging from going to landfill.

 
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Supporting Communities

Each year, we donate $105,000 to help our communities and environment.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Carbon Conscious

Each year, we prevent 58,128 tonnes of CO2-e from entering the atmosphere.

 
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Vegan

We offer 1 product that is vegan.

 
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Vegetarian

We offer 1 product that is vegetarian.

 
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Fair Trade

We offer 1 product that support the livelihoods of workers in developing countries.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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"What do I love about working at Z? Having my time going towards something that matters.”

— Tina Frew, Biofuels Strategy Manager

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“I like working here because the stuff that matters to me as a Kiwi, and a Mum, and a human, is also the stuff that matters to Z.”

— Sharne Fairbrother, People & Culture Manager

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“I like working at Z because it is a great place for personal growth, in a company that is genuinely committed to bringing out the best in people, and demonstrates its commitment through flexible working practices. It’s a place which is serious about wellbeing and work-life balance.”

— Hamish O’Brien, Strategy Manager

 

Z’s organisational purpose is ‘Solving what matters for a moving world’. We have always been honest that we are at the centre of the climate change problem, so we have the opportunity to be at the heart of the solution. We are conscious that we can have a material impact - positive or negative - on the environment that we operate in and the network of people and communities we affect. We’re working hard to do what we can to be climate-positive.

We’ve built New Zealand’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant, in Wiri, South Auckland and we’re on our way to producing 20m litres of sustainable Z Bio-D per year. As far as we know, we’re the only company in the world to have undertaken building such a plant without a government subsidy or levy.

We work hard to incorporate sustainable practices - many of which you wouldn’t notice when you stop in with us (though you might have experienced that we don’t use single-use plastic bags)! We give away coffee grounds to gardeners, give you discounts for using your own reusable cups, use energy-efficient equipment in-store and reticulated water in our carwashes. We’ve also designed, developed, and supplied our very own modular on-site forecourt recycling bins. And created our very own fully-compostable coffee cups, which are picked up from Z sites and taken to commercial composting facilities, so we know they do break down.

Apart from the opportunity to reduce their environmental impacts we provide to our customers, we are also walking the talk with our staff. In our corporate offices we provide modular recycling bins, soft plastics recycling, hybrid car fleet, and set per-Business Unit reduction targets for flights. Our commitment to sustainability has changed conversations and practices within our team’s own lives too - it’s awesome to see our site staff really ‘get it’ and start to question and change their behaviour in terms of how they use things. That’s what makes me proudest.

— Gerri Ward, Retail Sustainability Manager

 
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ELECTRICITY

Ecotricity

Website  •  Twitter  •  Instagram  •  Facebook  •  0800 845 000

 

All employees at Ecotricity start above NZ's living wage rate but, we want to make this official. By Mid 2019, we are committed to becoming an accredited living wage employer.


OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Recycling

Each year, 78 kilograms of recyclables diverted from landfill.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Composting

Each year, 70 kilograms of organic waste diverted from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Supporting Communities

We're proudly 100% Kiwi and 50% Community Owned. That means 50% of our profits are piled back into building new renewable electricity generation or returned to the community.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Carbon Conscious

Each year, 5,000 tonnes CO2-e reduced from entering the atmosphere.

 
  Energy Efficiency   Meridian has set an Electric Vehicle (EV) target of 90% for our passenger fleet in 2020 using fully electric cars not hybrids. Each of our main offices is in a modern, energy-efficient building that meets the New Zealand Green Building Council’s 5-star standard.

Carbon Neutral

6 products offered for sale that are carbon neutral.

 
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NZ Made

6 products offered for sale that are made in New Zealand.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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“Ecotricity is the only carboNZero 100% renewable electricity in New Zealand. But we're also about educating Kiwis about making smarter choices about types of energy and helping them move away from gas, coal, petrol, diesel and geothermal and into clean or renewable options like solar and electric vehicles.”

- Al Yates, Director

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“It feels great helping our customers to get competitively priced renewable energy and to find out about exciting developments occurring in the sustainability space. Ecotricity is a disrupter to the electricity market and it is exciting to see New Zealander's and progressive companies embracing technological solutions to climate change.”

- Tom Land, Commercial Accounts Manager

 

100% kiwi-owned (50% by the community), we are extremely proud that our business and electricity is 100% carboNZero certified (we are audited and reported on by Enviro-Mark Solutions). We only purchase electricity from hydro, solar and wind and there are no carbon emissions in the fuel source. But we don’t stop there. We also factor in the lifetime carbon emissions from manufacturing the power generation facilities, focussing on carbon emissions from cradle to grave. Where there’s a negative difference, we plant New Zealand native trees annually to offset the impact. This means our customers can feel great knowing they can power their home or business all while reducing their carbon footprint and supporting renewable energy in NZ.

Founders of Ecotricity, Al and Mark, each have three children and their decisions at Ecotricity are driven by the world they’d like to leave for their children and future generations. We really owe it to them to lead the way and proactively address climate change. By providing consumers with the option to purchase 100% carboNZero certified electricity, we are giving New Zealanders the ability to do their bit to address climate change, encouraging the switch away from Fossil Fuels.

Our mission to help protect our environment stretches beyond the electricity sector. We are active supporters of the uptake of Solar energy and electric vehicles (we are proud of our ecoTEC YouTube Channel and EV Buyers Guide we created to show our support and encouragement of this adoption). We dedicate and publish several content pieces around sustainability, recycling, new technologies and ways to save money and energy. We’re also the only electricity provider that encourages our customers to conserve energy and we provide transparent pricing (and charges) to highlight where your money is going and why.

Ecotricity was established with sustainability in mind from the start, but our staff hail from all walks of life. What’s great to see is how, through the exposure to our company values, we can see our staff incorporating ethical and sustainable practices into their own lives by default.

If everyone in NZ switched to 100% carboNZero electricity from Ecotricity we would be able to offset 4,147,000,000 kgs/CO2e from electricity generation. We’d like to see more renewable energy sources across NZ to meet demand, making electricity more affordable and continuing to reduce our carbon emissions.

 
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TAXI

Green Cabs Wellington

Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  0800 GO GREEN

 

OUR PLEDGE

 

We are committed to measure and reduce our carbon emissions during 2018/19 which includes an absolute commitment to moving to a fully electric vehicle fleet.

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Low Emission Vehicles

We have a fleet of 68 low emission vehicles.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Recycling

Each year, we divert 572 kilograms of recyclables from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Composting

Each year, we divert 624 kilograms of organic waste from landfill.

 
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Supporting Ecosystems

Each year, we undertake 4 initiatives that support our ecosystems.

 
 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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"Trees, people and technology sums up Green Cabs as a company, but for me personally it has transitioned me from being very business focused, to being very people focused, and I am enriched beyond measure by that.”

— Rob Wheeler, General Manager

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“I have been here since April 2018 and we have a great team. Everyone is down to earth we are all on the same page and family orientated, helping each other to achieve our goals as the saying goes, we are all on the same Waka going in the same direction.”

— Lua Uelese, Wellington Regional Manager

 

We’ve always focused on getting the fundamentals right: taking care of our drivers, our customers, and the environment. We really are prioritising people and our planet, but it’s not a marketing spiel - we’re doing it because it’s just the right thing to do.

We’ve been planting trees right from day one and haven’t swayed from our commitment of an eco fleet that offsets its emissions. Through our partnership with Trees For the Future and Trees For Survival, we’re now planting 5,000 trees a month, with a focus on native regeneration. All of our staff muck in to planting at least one day a year too. It’s great fun and a really positive way for us to all see the impact of our sustainability commitment!

It’s awesome to know that we’re currently running carbon positive (based on the amount of trees we’ve planted vs. the estimated emissions of our fleet). What’s even better is knowing that we’re also great value for customers, because a low-emission fleet is more economical to run.

We value the communities that our drivers come from and we’re proud of Green Cab’s diversity. Many are working hard to support families both here in NZ and back in their home country, and it’s important to us that we understand these complexities and help where we can. Working with, and accommodating a diverse team, means that ideas and values flow both ways. We’re creating a positive work environment where everyone feels valued.

We’d love to see other businesses doing their part for the environment. To encourage this, we sponsor environmental awards and openly share information with other cab companies about the long term benefits and savings that can be realised with an EV fleet.

 
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TRANSPORT

Mevo

Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Instagram  •  hello@mevo.co.nz

 

OUR PLEDGE

 

By 2019, we are committed to bettering our recycling game and composting within our office. Since we work so hard on reducing our carbon footprint, we commit to working closely with the other companies in our office, and unify toward this goal.

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Carbon Conscious

4.2 tonnes CO2-e reduced, every year, from entering the atmosphere.

SDGs addressed: 7 (affordable and clean energy), 13 (climate action)

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Recycling

1,750 kgs of recyclables are diverted from landfill every year.

SDGs addressed: 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water)

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Living Wage

9 staff paid the living wage every year.

SDGs addressed: 1 (no poverty), 8 (decent work and environment growth), 10 (reduced inequalities)

 
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Low Emission Vehicles

18 low emission vehicles offered for sale or use every year.

SDGs addressed: 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 13 (climate action)

 
 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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"I like working at Mevo because no day is the same - our vision is the same throughout the whole team, but we use our own skills, alongside the support of the rest of the team, to build Mevo through creativity, innovation, and passion.

I care about the share economy - I think the world is overwrought with an unnecessary amount of stuff! I believe that through all aspects of the share economy that people will have access to everything they need, and create a more cooperative world. I believe Mevo is a huge step in not only the share economy, but also in using this concept to create a climate positive world.”

— Sophia Rizos, Head of Growth and Community

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“Coming from a traditional car rental and fleet background, I've experienced years of inefficient, administrative ... yawn... It is invigorating to be completely turning the old way on its head with Mevo's vision which literally unlocks a better ride with two click of your phone. By sharing vehicles more efficiently between us, we can all afford to drive more safe reliable climate positive vehicles - without any of the hassle.”

— Phil Burgess, Head of Mobility

 

Mevo is on a mission to not only make transportation simple and easy for our members, but to be climate positive in everything we do!

We’re really proud of the way we’re able to take positive action on climate change - we reduce our emissions by charging our hybrid electric cars on New Zealand's 80% renewable grid, and we offset anything else our fleet emits by 120%. In fact, carbon offsetting is built into our pricing, so our members are lessening their own carbon footprint too (not just Mevo’s as a company). Our commitment to this climate positive approach means that we’re leaving a net deficit in the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with every kilometre a Mevo vehicle drives.

All our CO2 offsets come from our internationally certified, community-based rainforest carbon projects in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Each project is a community enterprise designed to help the indigenous peoples who own these forests.

While commitment to climate is at the core of our business, we still want to do more for the planet within our office too! We function as mostly paperless, and certainly recycle, but are committing to building a comprehensive composting area into our space. Through our connections with other climate positive companies, our team members are also getting more informed about making better choices themselves. We’ve got staff members now who are starting to take steps to be more conscious themselves - bringing their own containers, shopping plastic free etc.

We want to empower people to have a sustainable choice to get them from A to B (whether that’s using a Mevo, walking or cycling). Through our product offering we want our members and the world to be healthier, and we will do this by getting more cars off the road, supporting our sustainability projects, and giving back to our communities in any way we can.

Stylish, convenient and sustainable, give Mevo a try next time you need a ride. Use our special discount code CC15 to get $15 of drive credit for FREE when you sign up. Awesome!

 
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ELECTRICITY

Meridian Energy

Website  •  Twitter  •  Facebook

 

OUR PLEDGE

We are committed to using electric vehicles, our passenger car fleet is currently 50% electric vehicles, and our new target is to increase this to 90% by the end of 2020.


OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Carbon Conscious

Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Supporting Communities

Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities.  In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Diversity Reporting

Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Supporting Ecosystems

Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

 
  Energy Efficiency   Meridian has set an Electric Vehicle (EV) target of 90% for our passenger fleet in 2020 using fully electric cars not hybrids. Each of our main offices is in a modern, energy-efficient building that meets the New Zealand Green Building Council’s 5-star standard.

Energy Efficiency

Meridian has set an Electric Vehicle (EV) target of 90% for our passenger fleet in 2020 using fully electric cars not hybrids. Each of our main offices is in a modern, energy-efficient building that meets the New Zealand Green Building Council’s 5-star standard.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

 
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“So much of sustainability is a win-win and achievable through collaborating with others. You just need to pick the right things to focus your efforts on, as it will help to reduce costs and create stronger connections to your customers and employees, all of which reap tangible rewards.”

— Alison Howard, Head of Sustainability at Meridian

 
 

For us, it’s not enough to be a 100% renewable energy generator - we want to create sustainable solutions in all areas of our business operations too. For example, all of our offices are five-star standard buildings, our car fleet is being electrified, and we use video conferencing to help reduce air travel emissions. We have been carbon accounting since 2008 and know what our carbon footprint is, but are now in the process of setting an internal target date and plan to achieve zero-carbon.

Importantly, we don’t just focus on improving our own practices. Our CEO, Neal Barclay, has made sustainability leadership one of our core objectives, and we’re proud to be recognised as a company that educates others and helps them adopt more sustainable practices.

A long-term objective is to see the New Zealand electricity grid go 100% renewable, and we’re also focussed on educating people about the benefits of electric transportation. This is reflected in our partnerships with electric car-sharing initiatives like Mevo and Yogoo Share; and our own electric car plan – as a customer you get $300 towards charging your car, which we estimate is the cost to charge your car over a year. We are also talking to our large corporate customers about what we have learnt from changing our own fleet to electric; and helping to create a business case we hope will accelerate the appetite for change.

We believe that sustainable businesses are successful businesses (and vice versa), and we’re proud that our people genuinely care about the environment. Some of our best initiatives have come about because of the belief they have in our corporate values, and a company-wide understanding that sustainability and successful business go together.

 
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BAR

Rogue & Vagabond

Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  04 381 2321

 

OUR PLEDGE

 

By mid 2019, we're committed to gain new CC badges reflecting more sustainability efforts.

 

OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Eco-packaging

We limit our use of packaging, and when packaging can't be avoided we use eco packaging options.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Recycling

Recycling is a no brainer, it really has to be done to keep what we can out of landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Living Wage

We are proud to be the first Living Wage employer in the capital city, leading the way for the beer industry.

 
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Buying NZ Made

Keeping it local is easy and makes total sense to us as we can find the most outstanding products and ingredients locally.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Supporting Communities

Giving back to the community is important to us and we support a range of charities with fundraisers and other initiatives.

 
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Free-range  

Going free range is costly, but it had to be done to fight factory farming.

 
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Vegetarian

Having ample choices of great quality vegetarian/vegan food is as important as every other option on the menu.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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“Being a part of CC has helped us to think more about how the various badges can effect change in us as a business and as a part of a community. Of course we were already aware of issues like our waste and our impact on the environment but being a part of this platform has encouraged us to think more about what our customers want and how they respond to issues like living wage for our staff, offering free range and veggie meals and NZ made products. It also helps us to set our sights on all the other badges we can work towards.”

— Callum, General Manager

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“Knowing that I am working for a place that is community driven gives me a great sense of pride. I have worked for large corporates and never had that feeling.”

— Jesse, Duty Manager

 

As individuals and as a business, we believe it is important to be aware of the impact we have on the environment. Because of that, we’re committed to incorporating ethical and sustainable practices across our business as much as possible.

Primarily we aim to use minimal packaging with our foods and we use eco packaging where packaging is needed. Minimising waste and reducing your footprint whilst using the most ethical products are all the right things to do. We recycle and use eco-packaging (it’s a no brainer), but more importantly we aim to use as little packaging, paper and expendables as possible. For us, it doesn’t matter if there’s slightly more cost - if it’s good for people and planet, it’s good for business.

By far the majority of everything we sell over the bar is NZ made, plus all the ingredients and raw meats that go into our food are locally sourced. Given the great local product available to us, this was an easy decision! A harder decision was going Free Range, as some of these products can be very expensive. But we decided it had to be done and hope that other businesses follow suit. We also try to have a great variety of choices for vegetarians and vegans - they deserve more options than just a bowl of chips!

We don’t just care about our environmental impact, but our social one too. Living Wage is a movement we absolutely support, and we were stoked to be the first Living Wage employer in Wellington. We’ve also done a number of fundraisers over our time here at R&V, supporting a range of charities that are close to our heart (including Rape Crisis, SPCA, and Kaibosh). We always have donation buckets on the bar and are really happy with the money we have raised for great causes.

As our owner Gwilyn says, we are trying here at R&V to evolve and are always looking to expand on where we are and where we can move into in the future. We are always looking at how we can be greener and more eco friendly in everyday within our business.

 
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