Sustainability

Sustainability is a big deal at New Zealand Post. As an organisation that’s been around for 175 years, it’s in our DNA.

To us, sustainability means being accountable for our impact as a business locally, and globally. It’s knowing our choices and actions matter today and in the future – and doing something about it. Check out our commitment to sustainability.

Innovating for the future

We’re committed to doing what’s right but we know we can do better. That’s why we’re always looking for new, smart ways of doing things that are not only good for business, but also make sense.

Here are some of the reasons why sustainability is at the heart of our business:

  • It’s important to our customers. We need to be responsive and responsible to reduce our collective impact.
  • It drives us to look for new, smart ways of doing things. We’re making it easy for customers to recycle our packaging, using electric vehicles to power deliveries and upcycling our corporate uniforms.
  • It’s important to our people. We want to be a workplace that people want to be part of.
  • It saves us money. We’re reducing fuel bills and electricity costs.
  • We want the communities where we live and work to thrive and grow.
  • We need to – and want to – do our bit to achieve national and global goals on climate change.

Our Strategy

We’re aiming to be a leading sustainable New Zealand business by focusing on areas where we can make a difference.

Download our Sustainability Framework (PDF - 1.5MB)

People - Creating a positive social impact

  • Supporting our communities - we’re proud to support the communities where we live and work through a range of community initiatives and partnerships.
  • Growing social enterprise - we’re backing our clever friends at the Ākina Foundation to help grow the next generation of social enterprise in New Zealand.
  • Volunteering - all our people get ones days paid volunteering leave.

Planet - Decarbonising our business

  • Decarbonisation - We aim to be carbon neutral from 2030. To achieve this goal will require significant reductions and a decarbonisation fund has been established to invest in reducing or avoiding carbon in our operations.
  • Electric vehicles powering deliveries - We have rolled out a fleet for fully electric specialist delivery vehicles (the Paxster) and now have the largest EV fleet in the country. We are also in the process of trialing Electric Vans in our courier fleet.
  • Lets Sort It – All our people play a role to reduce energy use and waste production in the workplace. Lets Sort it is an internal behaviour change campaign to ensure we all have the tools and information we need to do the right thing.

Prosperity - Long term inclusive growth

  • Recycling our packaging - we work hard to minimise the impact of our packaging products on the planet and to make it easy for our customers to do their bit.
  • Working with our partners - Its vital our partners share our commitment to sustainability. We work together with suppliers, customers and other partners for improved sustainable outcomes.
  • Measuring the value we create - we measure and report the value the business creates across financial and non financial measures using the Integrated Reporting Framework.

Measuring up

We share our work, goals and results and we seek independent verification that what we’re doing is making a difference.

In 2017 we were proud to receive the Supreme Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for the Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand.

Read more about certification, memberships and awards.

Want to know more about sustainability at New Zealand Post?

Get in touch with our Sustainability Team, or for sustainability or general business information check out our media centre.