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Celebrating good work, and good works

01 Aug 2010

Two new categories have been added to this year’s NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards, aimed at honouring people who are innovative in tackling social needs and sustainability. The categories are: Social Entrepreneur and Sustainability Champion. Social entrepreneurs, explains Justine Munro from the Centre for Social Innovation, “see unmet social needs, and do something about them”. Sustainable Business Network CEO Rachel Brown says sustainability champions are “those key motivators and positive change agents within Kiwi businesses”. Entries for these awards are open from now until September 30th. Anyone can enter, at www.sustainableawards.org.nz The SBN Awards, to be held in Auckland on October 28th, honour businesses that are not only environmentally sound, but also demonstrate a fair and ethical approach. Finalists are selected from the regional winners that have taken the SBN’s Get Sustainable Challenge (sustainable.org.nz). Award categories include: Trailblazer Large and Corporate Business For businesses with more than 20 employees that have been actively implementing sustainability actions for more than two years. Trailblazer Small and Medium Business For businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Trailblazer Not for Profit For non-profit organisations that have ensured sustainability is a strategic part of their entire operations, products and services. Emerging Large and Corporate Business For businesses that are new to sustainability, having actively begun implementing sustainable actions within the last two years, and have more than 20 employees. Emerging Small and Medium Business For businesses that are new to sustainability and have fewer than 20 employees. Sustainable Design & Innovation Award Recognising a business or organisation that has developed an innovative product or service that is having proven economic, environmental and/or social benefits, and is contributing to sustainable development. NZI Sustainable Business of the Year Recognising the business that falls into the top scoring range in each section of the Get Sustainable Challenge assessment. “It’s our opportunity to get profiles for companies that are doing good things,” Brown told Start-Up. “Because one of the things we know is, if you ask somebody on the street who’s a sustainable business that you know of, they just draw a blank. What we’re trying to do is lift the companies that are doing good things so more New Zealanders know they exist.”

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