Put simply, sustainability
is what we do

In 2016, Waste Management published our Sustainability Commitment, stating our intentions and our promise to report on our progress in delivering on those commitments.

Over the past two years great progress has been made. Importantly, we have developed a greater understanding of the issues that are material to our stakeholders, and have considered the impact of these issues on our business. More than 50 of our senior managers were involved in the process, alongside a broad selection of external stakeholders. I want to thank all of those who provided their reflections, insights and advice to us through this process.

This resulting strategy is more robust and provides the foundation for our future focus on the sustainability of our company and the communities in which we operate across New Zealand.

We have called our strategy For Future Generations. For many years we have understood the critical role we play in safeguarding our future. Formalising this into a public document is an important step, identifying key programme areas and developing targets, and we commit to reporting our progress on these annually.

Our five programme areas will focus our energy and effort, and identify key projects we believe will make the most significant impact on improving our sustainability. We also identify what we are seeking to achieve through the projects identified, which in most instances does not include a specific target. We understand that this is a critical next step for us, and we will develop targets to include in our next report, against which we will track our future progress.

Finally, over the next 12 months we will also form our advisory board of external advisors to provide guidance and support, and challenge us to do better in providing sustainable waste and environmental services for New Zealand. We welcome the support of Sir Rob Fenwick as the first expert in this role.

At this particular time, with significant volatility in the global recycling market, we are acutely aware of the responsibility we have to ensure the sustainability of our business for the future benefit to New Zealand. We look forward to providing greater leadership alongside other companies, government and the community as we seek to improve the sustainability of this beautiful country.

Tom Nickels
Managing Director

Sustainability Strategy 

For many years we have understood the critical role we play in safeguarding our future. Our sustainability strategy For Future Generations provides the foundation for our future focus on the sustainability of our company and the communities in which we operate across New Zealand.


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