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Sustainability

We're pretty passionate about sustainability.

As well as playing our part within our business, we dedicate time to grassroots initiatives and found ourselves constantly inspired by the efforts of our clients. We’re also in the midst of developing a tool to help businesses measure and improve their sustainability in a simple, straight forward way.

Guiding principles

We’re guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which recognise that tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth.

Our commitment

  • Carbon zero – we are a carbon neutral business, committed to (1) minimising our greenhouse gas emissions and (2) offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions through gold standard carbon offsetting projects.
  • Biodiversity – we support native habitat restoration in Wānaka through annual donations to Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust.
  • Waste – we limit the purchase of products that are not recyclable and avoid purchasing items that are, to cut down on the energy used in the recycling process. We compost office food scraps.
  • Equality – we are committed to equality in all its forms.
  • Community – we offer our team paid volunteer days in our local communities. We love planting trees.
  • Supply chain – wherever possible, we choose to partner with suppliers who are passionate about sustainability too. Nothing like a deep dive into carbon calculations over a cup of tea.
  • Continuous improvement – sustainability is an ongoing journey. We will continue to evolve in support of the SDGs.

Measurement tool

Our journey towards becoming a more sustainable business hasn’t been quick or simple. It wasn’t easy to figure out what to measure, let alone how to measure it! We spent months developing and trialling a measurement framework that made sense for small business, was simple enough to update year on year and – most importantly – led to positive action.

Want to try it out? Get in touch with Darrin to arrange a demo.

Wao New Zealand

Wānaka director Darrin is chair of Wao, a charitable trust that aims to educate, inspire and enable New Zealand communities to accelerate towards a carbon-zero, regenerative future and beyond.

Check out the Wao Summit and join the conversation.

Inspiring clients

We’re fortunate to work with many clients who are leading the sustainability charge.
Check out some of the folks who provide constant inspiration for our team: