Check out some of the work we've done
We have been incredibly fortunate to have worked, and continue to work, with a wide range of inspiring and dedicated businesses composed of people who share our belief that business should be a force for good. Below are some of those businesses and the work we did.
New Zealand’s first homegrown oat m!lk, using southern-grown oats harvested by Kiwi farmers. Otis represent a Kiwi movement toward locally grown plant-based products that the whole world can enjoy. We were recruited to identify their environmental impacts throughout their entire supply chain and a proposed bottling plant, and provide recommendations on how to build towards being a business with a regenerative impact. Further to this we supported them with their significant packaging decision and how to communicate that. Read more here
Having produced their first sustainability report in 2016 on their own accord, kokako reached out to us to help them produce a more robust and detailed report in 2018. We guided them through the process that is the GRI sustainability reporting framework. You can read that report here. We are again helping Kokako with their 2020 report.
Founded in 1990 Citta has become an iconic New Zealand business designing and retailing elegant furniture and homeware. Following a deep dive with Citta to understand their impacts, challenges and opportunities we developed a strategy to guide their sustainability decision making over the following 3 years, and then provided them with our Part-Time Sustainability Manager role to help them deliver on it. The strategy started with a focus on their internal culture around sustainability and worked on a number of initiatives to engage their staff. Following success with this, we progressed to a focus on their extensive supply chain. They now have a Supplier Code of Conduct signed by their suppliers and are working through third-party certification for the ethical and sustainable supply of two critical materials in line with their values. Due to Covid-19 our work with Citta was forced to be put on hold, but they still have their strategy to guide them.
Coffee Supreme began trading in 1993 and have become one of New Zealand’s most well-known coffee brands while also having a cult following in Australia and Japan. We worked with Coffee Supreme to write their first sustainability report in accordance with the GRI Standards.
New Zealand Lotteries Commission
Lotto engaged our services first to help with the process of collecting and validating the data for mapping their carbon footprint. Following the success of that, we began work with Lotto on how to engage and communicate their carbon reduction journey with their stakeholders.
The Building Intelligence Group is over 30 years strong in independent project management and project advisory. In that time they have won cabinets full of awards and managed the delivery of buildings from schools to art centres. Despite their longevity, TBIG were in need of support to shift with the times and build a strategy that would help them with the tectonic shift to a circular and regenerative economy. On completion of our strategy process, TBIG employed our Part-time Sustainability Manager service to guide them through the delivery of that strategy.
We started working with Emma Lewisham in late 2020 during a time of rapid growth and expansion. We first worked with Emma and her team to evaluate and amend their existing sustainability strategy. Following this we reviewed their existing communications across the website, social media, and PR and provided advice and content to better communicate the impressive work they were doing in this space. We now provide Emma Lewisham with our Part-Time Sustainability Manager service to keep them accountable to their strategy and provide ongoing expert sustainability support.
After more than 20 years in operation, Nature Baby has become one of New Zealand’s most-loved brands. Built on the values of organic clothing Nature Baby having been treading a path of minimising their environmental impact while ensuring the safest products for the children who wear them from the beginning. Always challenging themselves to continuously improve they engaged our services to first take them through the process of delivering a sustainability strategy, and then our Part-time Sustinabiiy Manger service to help them deliver that strategy.
After 20 years, Essano Limited’s products, including Dominate®, Shockwaves® and essano™, are now sold in over 6,000 stores globally at a rate of one product every 10 seconds, and boast the No.1 natural skincare brand and the No.1 hairstyling brand in New Zealand grocery. Essano Limited reached out to us to help them with their very first sustainability report. A report that was written in reference to the GRI standards.
Owned by brothers Charles and Patrick and based in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, Williams Eatery is taking the cafe scene by storm winning the following awards in the Metro Top 50 Cafes 2019- 2020:
- Supreme Winner
- Best Service
- Best Menu Dish
- Best Coffee
We worked with them soon after their opening in 2018 to provide them with an assessment of their existing sustainability performance and provide recommendations on how to improve including communicating their efforts.
BurgerFuel Group (BFG) operates three brands; BurgerFuel, Shake Out, and Winner Winner. As a company, the Group has experience in the restaurant sector stretching over 20 years, going back to the original BurgerFuel store which opened in 1995. BFG engaged our services to introduce them to some new ideas and new ways of thinking as they look forward to a very different future for the restaurant sector and the global food system. We produced BFG a sustainability strategy and provide our Part-time Sustainability Manager role to ensure they deliver on their goals.
BCG2 is a marketing, advertising and digital company obsessed with ideas that change things for the better. We worked hand in hand with the talented folk at BCG2 to create “Bags Not” – a behavioural change campaign to help eliminate plastics bags from New Zealand’s checkouts. You can read more about it here. We provided the subject matter expertise, sense checking, and social media moderation, as well as some media engagements.
IAANZ reached out to us late in 2020. The same year the global pandemic caused the biggest disruption seen to their industry in a generation. IAANZ chose to face up to the huge challenges they face around the reliance on aviation fuel to power their operations and uncover how they can minimise their emissions. At the same time taking positive steps in all other parts of their business to restore their local environment, build a connected and resilient community, and work towards sending no materials to landfill. We guided IAANZ through our process and delivered them an ambitious and well-thought-out sustainability strategy.
Built on the philosophy of using ‘the best of science combined with the best of nature to produce naturally derived but scientifically engineered products that work’, Triumph & Disaster were a business already mindful of their environmental and social impacts, but who needed help organising what to focus their time and resources on. We took them through our strategy writing process to help them identify their material impacts and set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals to help them navigate the changing face of business in the 21st century.
Foodstuffs were looking for a solution to their plastic bag problem when we introduced them to the Bags Not campaign designed by us and BCG2. The key to this campaign was that the solution was about a behaviour change, and helping Kiwis to make that change – remembering to always take a bag shopping. See here for more on this project.
Under their 6 well-known brands (Lisa’s Hummus, The Alternative Meat Co., Bean Supreme, Naked Cuisine, Veggie Delights, and Foodservice) Life Health Foods are one of New Zealand’s leading plant-based food manufacturers. They also have a purpose-built factory on the Central Coast north of Sydney, Australia. LHF came to us wanting to understand how they were currently performing in relation to sustainability and where they could have the biggest impacts moving forward. After an initial material impact assessment, we produced an impact report for LHF which has informed their decision-making on where to prioritise their focus and resources.
We facilitated a multi stakeholder group of business and individuals from the Auckland organics community, and chaired their monthly meetings. The primary objective was to deliver a successful Organic Week in 2019. Collaborating with the various stakeholders we helped design and deliver a communications strategy and a weekly agenda of events.
Curated for the fashion-forward, MAJW was founded by creative director Matthew Webb in 2019, with the aim to redesign fashion’s current model through carefully considered, elevated streetwear. Recognising the gap for innovative, contemporary and conscious design, MAJW set out to rediscover fashion’s past qualities, bringing back classic and chic masculine attire and uniting it with a modern aesthetic.
We worked with MAJW prior to their launch in early 2020 to build a business model based on circular economy principles and develop their bespoke sustainability strategy. Read it here