Social Innovation in the spotlight

28 September 2012

New Zealand Post Group is getting behind the 2012 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards by sponsoring the Social Innovation Award.

The Social Innovation category is open to outstanding social enterprises, innovations or businesses that use new strategies and ideas to meet social needs of all kinds. This could be through research, collaboration, creating new ventures or working with community groups or public agencies.

“New Zealand is experiencing huge growth in social enterprise and innovation,” Sophie Heighway, Corporate Sustainability Manager for New Zealand Post, says.

“The Social Innovation Award is a great opportunity to highlight others who are making a difference and helping New Zealand communities in new and innovative ways.

“Last year the Social Innovation category attracted more nominations than any other and we’re expecting a high number of quality nominations again this year,” Sophie Heighway added.

In 2011 350 Aotearoa won the Social Innovation Award for their work to unite people around solutions to climate change. For 350, it’s not about business as usual, the scale of the issue requires them to think strategically, be socially innovative, and use the tools they have to build a powerful, sustainable organisation. To find out more about 350 Aotearoa, visit www.350.org.nz/Opens in a new window. .

Entries close on Friday 26 October 2012 - for details on how to enter see the Sustainable Business Network www.sustainableawards.org.nzOpens in a new window. .

The Awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 22 November 2012 at The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland.