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NZ businesses take up the Climate Change Challenge Statement

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  • July 12, 2018
NZ businesses take up the Climate Change Challenge Statement

The business community has been taking progressive steps to limit environmental impact. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) has released a report which shows growing support for conscious decisions around plastics, as 60 New Zealand businesses take up the Climate Change Statement.

The report showed a large level concern for plastics that are still being used. The array of environmental claims being made about plastic packaging might easily lead to misunderstandings, so the report has placed its results in a full online question and answer resource.

From the nature of questions, it is clear that the concern for conscious use of plastics is still high. The report covers issues such as what types of plastics are not biodegradable, what to do if you think a business is lying about environmental practises, and what ‘certified’ materials actually mean. 

Greg Harford, public affairs general manager for Retail NZ says the association welcome the report, as it shows consumers are aiming to be more sustainable in their own ways.

“There is increasing customer demand for more sustainable forms of bags to carry shopping home in and retailers generally want to do the right thing by both customers and the environment,” he says.

"Retail NZ welcomes the information released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and agree that Government leadership is required on the whole issue of plastic bags, including compostable and biodegradable bags. There is a host of questions, both about science, but also about the availability of end of life recycling and disposal. Government is best placed to lead on these issues."

Sticking with the theme of climate concern, 60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.

Countdown has strengthened its involvement by committing to the Climate Change Statement which says:

“For the generations after us, for the country we love, for the viability of our businesses, we are ambitious for action on climate change. If we act now we can forge a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders. We are committed to playing our part to make that future real. If we don’t, our competitiveness is at risk.”

Countdown’s general manager corporate affairs, Kiri Hannifin, says Countdown is proud to be part of such a concerted commitment by the New Zealand business community to do more on this issue.  The businesses, from a range of industries, make up nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions.

 “While action on climate change is something everyone has a role in, seeing a number of businesses come together for a common purpose is really heartening due the scale of impact we can have,” says Kiri Hannifin.

 “Our collective goal is to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy,” she says.

Other businesses include the leaders of Z, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post. All with the same goal to create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy.

By committing to the statement, these businesses are recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action.

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Global ice cream giant buys Tip Top for $380m

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Global ice cream giant buys Tip Top for $380m

New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra has confirmed the sale of its Tip Top brand to global ice cream giant Froneri for $380 million.

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Here's the wellbeing policies some of New Zealand's top companies are rolling out for 2019

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Elly Strang
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Newmarket’s Glamour boutique launches preloved pop-up store

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
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Used clothing sales are booming worldwide, with the category expected to be bigger than fast fashion within the decade. Newmarket boutique Glamour is tapping into this trend with a new pop-up area in-store where preloved Glamour items are accepted for resale.

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  • May 10, 2019
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