Doing the business
Join the celebration where good business practice and sustainability mean exactly the same thing.
Organising any awards event is a big job. But what about the added challenge of making it super sustainable? Such is the task tackled by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) every awards season.
Luckily, the organisation is adept at making a dollar go a long way: creating an experience that is far greater than the sum of its parts through long-term sponsor partnerships, supplier pro bono and calling in a favour or two. They figure budget constraints are the universe’s way of telling us to waste less anyway.
So where to start? From the initial invitations on, using email, the awards website, social media and a ‘name on the door’ system, eliminates the need for printed tickets or promotional material.
A central location is vital – meaning easier access for public transport, carpooling, walking or cycling. This year the NZI Sustainable Business Network awards will be held at Shed 10 on the revitalised Queens Wharf – just a stone’s skip from Britomart – with plenty of bike racks.
When choosing a venue, spaces that ‘speak for themselves’ are best – the less embellishment, and therefore less waste, the better. The big shed has been recycled since the Cup in a way that reveals its history rather than concealing it. In addition to making the entrance grand with Interface ‘Green Carpet’, young native trees will be used to add colour and shape to the large space, and then planted by Carbon4good to offset carbon emissions from the night.
‘The spread’ is a key ingredient in any good sustainable event and of course from a host responsibility perspective. Divine Foods and Kokako are two catering companies that plan their fare to minimise the need for containers or utensils. Liquid refreshments for the awards will be sourced from Yealand Estates, Lothlorien and Mike’s Organic Beers: all companies committed to sustainable practices.
For those attending, sourcing a sustainable outfit is a serious business. And if visions of shirts that look like they were spun from pure muesli are surfacing now – wipe them from your mind. There are plenty of New Zealand designers who are creating sexy little numbers (right here in New Zealand) from environmentally sensitive fabrics.
Last year, well-known Kiwi brand Resene took out the top honour. Winners won’t be announced until the awards event on November 8, and let’s just say it could go any way. Award tickets are available at eventfinder.co.nz.