We take our commitment to sustainability really seriously. That’s why we seek independent measurement of what we’re doing and benchmark ourselves against industry best practice.
We use the International Integrated Reporting Framework (<IR>) to report on the financial and non-financial dimensions of our business. An integrated report looks at how an organisation’s strategy, performance, governance and prospects create value over the short, medium and long term. The <IR> framework recognises that value is created and measured in multiple ways and refers to six types of capital - environment, people, relationship, expertise, networks and financial.
We were the first New Zealand organisation to produce an integrated report in 2013, and the only New Zealand member of the International Integrated Reporting Council pilot.
You can check out our progress in our latest annual report.
Measurement and certification
We have been CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) certified since 2013. CEMARS certification is awarded to companies that actively work to understand and improve their environmental impacts.
To get CEMARS certification, an organisation must measure their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a carbon footprint) annually, including from vehicles, business travel, fuel, electricity, paper, and waste. They must then achieve emission reductions on a five year cycle and develop plans to manage and reduce emissions continually.
Over three years we have reduced our GHG emissions by 10%. A summary of our certification is available here.
Enviro-Mark Platinum Certification
Our Mailhouses in Auckland and Christchurch have Enviro-Mark Platinum Certification recognising their comprehensive environmental management systems (EMS).
Administered by Enviro-Mark Solutions (a wholly owned subsidiary of Landcare Research) and independently audited, Enviro-Mark aligns with the world-renowned environmental standard, ISO 14001:2004. The EMS programme assesses our performance against agreed standards, legislative compliance, internal processes and continuous improvement practices.
Our Mailhouse team receive EMS training in all areas relevant to their work. They are committed to delivering a high quality service that provides a great customer experience, while minimising their environmental impact. To help us achieve these goals we’ve set environmental targets that we can monitor our progress against and report the results.
We’re committed to a sustainable future for our people, customers, communities, businesses and stakeholders. Here’s how we’re doing it, and we'll regularly update our progress against our targets.
The New Zealand Post Group is a member of several organisations promoting sustainable development including:
- Sustainable Business Network (SBN)
- Sustainable Business Council (SBC)
- London Benchmarking Group (LBG)
- International Post Corporation and Universal Postal Union (active in their sustainability programme)
- Drive Electric
- International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
- The Packaging Forum Soft Plastic Programme
- 2015 Sustainable Business Network Judges Commendation, EECA Energy Management Category
- 2015 Human Resource Institute of New Zealand - Award for Corporate Responsibility
- 2013 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Award for Best Sustainability Reporting
- 2013 Sustainable 60 Award for Community and Runner Up Award for Sustainability Strategy & Governance
- 2012 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EECA) Award for Public Sector, Energy Management and Transport
- 2010 Sustainable 60 Award for Environment and Overall Exemplar Public Sector