Foodstuffs North Island and South Island are two outstanding co-operatives within the NZ Co-op Family, writes Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland. Foodstuffs New Zealand has recently issued its Looking After Our Patch Social Responsibility Snapshot that outlines a programme that is wide-reaching and aims to fulfil the co-operatives’ responsibilities to their teams, the wider New Zealand community and environment.
Craig says the Foodstuffs’ brands such as Four Square, PAK’nSAVE and New World are inherently interwoven into the fabric of New Zealand and have been serving our communities for 95 years. They are ‘local’ and ‘co-operative’ in every sense, he says.
“Foodstuffs gives back to New Zealand and its people in so many ways, whether directly through millions of dollars of donations, as an employer of more than 30,000 New Zealanders, as a partner to thousands of businesses, or as a guardian of our environment.”
Steve Anderson, CEO Foodstuffs South Island says, “It’s not enough for us to quietly go about our business, doing what we do every day to improve the lives of our team and customers. We need to be held to account for the decisions we make in every aspect of our operations to ensure we continue to improve.
“This Snapshot summarises many of the key projects we have undertaken and for which we have delivered great outcomes. In addition, it outlines some new priorities.”
Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island concurs. “We set out to help New Zealanders get more out of life – whether that’s providing a great career opportunity to more than 30,000 employees, sourcing fantastic products from thousands of Kiwi suppliers or helping organisations like the Starship Foundation, Eat My Lunch and Kiwi Harvest support New Zealanders in need.
“Our responsibility doesn’t stop there. We’ve done some pretty awesome things to reduce our environmental footprint – including kicking off the discussion to ban single-use plastic bags, removing plastic microbeads and cotton buds, putting 28 electric delivery vehicles on the road nationwide and installing 50 electric vehicle fast-chargers at our stores.”
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