A Helping Hand for New Zealand Water Ways
2017 is the third year of a successful environmental management partnership between Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) and Pernod Ricard Winemakers. Through the engagement of their employees in conservation activities, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, an industry advocate for sustainable environmental management, have achieved significant environmental outcomes in collaboration with CVNZ. These conservation activities include Kohupatiki Marae in Hawke’s Bay, The Montana Heritage Trail – Cascades Kauri Regional Park, Motuihe Island in Auckland and the Para Wetlands in Marlborough.
A key focus for Pernod Ricard Winemakers is to support the improvement of water quality in our local rivers, lakes and streams and to be part of projects where employees engage with local communities in which they operate. This aligns with CVNZ’s commitment to improve water quality through our ‘Wetlands, Waterways and Coasts Program’. This Program connects local communities to protect our important waterways through a range of activities Pernod Ricard Winemakers is a significant funder of CVNZ projects and provides important tools, equipment and materials; as well as skilled volunteers to make our projects a success.
The partnership has been so successful that in 2016 it was extended across the Tasman to a new partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and Pernod Ricard Winemakers Australia.
In June 2016, 103 Pernod Ricard New Zealand employees supported two CVNZ projects as part of their annual sustainability initiative, Responsib’ALL Day. This day is about sharing best practices and providing all staff across the world with a day devoted to CSR. As part of this event, 15 employees planted trees at Banks Peninsular on the slopes above Taylor’s Mistake while 88 employees contributed to the walking track and environmental management of The Montana Heritage Trail – Cascades Kauri Regional Park in the Waitakere Ranges.
In 2017, Responsib’ALL Day Conservation Volunteers partnered with Pernod Ricard Winemakers in Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, 120 employees worked with Park Rangers on the environmental maintenance of The Montana Heritage Trail in the Waitakere Ranges, 110 employees rolled up their sleeves and planted, weeded and built penguin nesting boxes on Motuihe Island, while 140 more got involved in the restoration of Grovetown Lagoon in Marlborough.
Environmental Summary Results
Over the past three years, Pernod Ricard employees in Australia and New Zealand have contributed over 1,000 volunteer days to conservation; in which they have planted over 14,000 native trees and shrubs, built and/or maintained 12km of tracks and boardwalks, collected half a tonne of rubbish and removed 28,000 square metres of environmental pest plants. On top of this incredible contribution, teams have built native bird nesting boxes and tidied up public parks with donating picnic tables, erecting signage and propagated seeds for members of the public to enjoy.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and Pernod Ricard Winemakers look forward to continuing this partnership in conservation of our natural resources for future generations.
For more information on Pernod Ricard CSR initiatives please visit – http://www.pernod-ricard-nz.com
For more information about any of these projects you can contact the Auckland office on 0800 56 76 86 or email [email protected].
Pernod Ricard Pacific’s Sustainability Achievements with Conservation Volunteers:
|Activity||AU + NZ||NZ Only|
|Trees and shrubs planted||14,303||4,749|
|Areas covered by planting||71,500m2|
|Walking track and boardwalk built maintained||2,075m||2,075m|