Soar Printing has won the ‘Medium business’ category at the Sustainable 60 Awards in Auckland. The family owned company was a finalist in three of the five categories – Environment, Strategy and governance, and Workplace – and won the Medium business award for companies with 21-100 employees.
The award came on the same day Soar Printing was notified by Landcare Research it has met the criteria to become the first New Zealand printer which can offer 'carboNZero' certified carbon-neutral printed products and services.
Fred Soar, managing director and grandson of the company founder, says the Sustainable 60 award reflects a five-year journey towards environmental best practice.
“There is huge pride in our team that our vision of being New Zealand’s most sustainable printer is coming to fruition. Sustainable values are fully entrenched in the company’s strategic focus and management structure.”
The judges said sustainability is “clearly in [Soar’s] blood – how they have integrated the principles across their business should be adopted as best practice in New Zealand”.
Soar Printing’s gross profit as a percentage of sales has improved by 2 per cent since its environmental management systems were introduced, the company says. The costs of energy (fuel and electricity), water, waste, and carbon emissions from operations have fallen by 40 per cent over two years.
“The operational savings in two years have been more than $160,000. These are significant savings, even after deducting the costs of environmental certification. In a tough market, it’s the difference between making a buck or not,” says Fred Soar.
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