Aliant, Canada

Bell Aliant is one of North America’s largest regional communications providers serving customers from Newfoundland and Labrador through to Ontario and beyond. The company is committed to integrating long-term economic, environmental and social considerations into its business operations. In 2007, Aliant became a charter member of the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative (ACSI), a network of municipalities, businesses, and other organizations working toward sustainability in Atlantic Canada. As an ACSI partner, Aliant created an implementation plan for the development of its Strategic Plan for Corporate Sustainability. In order to build capacity and commitment to sustainability among its staff, Bell Aliant worked with The Natural Step Canada to develop a customized 1-hour eLearning program. As of December 2007, more than 100 Aliant employees had already completed Sustainability 101. Lunch and learns have also been held at a number of regional offices to educate and engage employees around sustainability issues. Aliant was recently recognized by Natural Resources Canada for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air contaminants as a result of energy efficiency improvements to their buildings. Work is ongoing to establish Aliant’s baseline carbon footprint and implement additional carbon reduction initiatives.  Aliant’s paper use has been cut by 24% over the last two years saving more than 7.6 million sheets of paper per year and they have committed to purchasing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for all internal 8 ½” x 11” paper...

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wolfville, Nova Scotia is situated in the Annapolis Valley, about 100 kilometres north of Halifax. Originally known as Mud Creek, the town was founded by the Acadians in the 18th century and incorporated as the Town of Wolfville in the early 19th century. Wolfville is home to Acadia University, and is widely recognized as one of the most attractive and progressive towns in Atlantic Canada. In the spring of 2004, working alongside the Centre for Rural Sustainability and The Natural Step, the town created the Wolfville Sustainability Initiative (WSI), which was given the mandate of helping the town of Wolfville, its businesses, community members and municipal government minimize their respective ecological impacts while enhancing Wolfville’s social and cultural uniqueness. Read the case...

Hot Pyjama Productions Ltd, New Zealand

Hot Pyjama Productions Ltd is a small Christchurch graphic communications company offering design, print production and website development services. Hot Pyjama Productions works with a broad client base, the majority of which are based in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.  The Hot PJ team used the TNS framework to advance its objectives of being a responsible corporate citizen, and to increase its understanding and awareness of...

New Zealand businesses using the Natural Step framework

A growing number of businesses in New Zealand are turning to the Natural Step framework to ensure a strategic response to the issue of sustainability. We’re currently updating our website resources.  Case studies for the businesses listed below will soon be available.  If you would like to know more about our work with these organisations, please contact our office at tnsnz@thenaturalstep.org. Our client list includes: Phoenix Organic Foods Serra Natural Foods Macpac Tait Electronics Interface NZ Les Mills New Zealand Les Mills International Jasmax Architects Health Alliance Sarah Trotman & Associates Naylor Love Construction Otago Polytechnic...

Phoenix Organic Limited, New Zealand

In 1999 Phoenix was the first company in New Zealand to adopt The Natural Step framework for sustainability.  The company used the framework with good effect to guide its decision-making for sustainable growth in line with its brand values. Phoenix started as a home-based business run by its three owners, but soon became a small operation with six staff being run out of the back of a health food shop in Waitakere City.  Six years later Phoenix moved to a rented building in the heart of Waitakere and in 1999, when introduced to The Natural Step, they had about 16 staff. The company quickly outgrew those premises, with staff up to thirty and production...