Winning support from more New Zealand businesses

20 Mar 2017 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Auckland

You could be choosing a commercial cleaner. You could be buying healthfoods, supplements, cosmetics, or your next yoghurt. You can now choose a company that backs Million Metres. 

Million Metres combines crowdfunding with support from New Zealand businesses to restore waterways. It's a project of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). The network has more than 550 member companies nationwide. These businesses are taking steps to build a sustainable future for New Zealand. They all donate 5% of their SBN membership fee to Million Metres stream planting projects.

Leading companies are also joining Million Metres as partners. They are supporting our operating costs. And they are collaborating with us to spread the word further.

We are delighted to announce that Alsco has become our first major commercial partner. The company is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial cleaning and health and safety companies. The agreement means Alsco will help Million Metres cover its core running costs. The company will host information days for staff. Staff will also be volunteering to come and plant waterways with us.

Mark Roberts, Alsco group general manager, said: “Alsco has been helping to create clean, healthy workplaces in New Zealand since 1910. As a major water user, we have a particular responsibility on this issue. We want to do whatever we can to help. We have comprehensive environmental and sustainability policies in place. We are always looking to minimise our impact on the environment. This is a real and collaborative way we can also help restore our landscape for generations to come.”

Georgina Hart, Million Metres Project Manager said: “One of our strengths is the way we combine crowdfunding and business support. Companies like Alsco are not only contributing, they are leading the way with their actions.”

And Alsco are not the only ones to sign up with us recently. You can now help Million Metres while enjoying Raglan Coconut Yoghurt. The company is donating 50c from every purchase of its Big Yoghi jars to our projects. The Healthpost online store will be working with us in a similar way soon. And we are currently working on a partnership with The Body Shop. We will be able to announce the details of that in the coming months. Look out for details on Facebook, Twitter and our website.

Million Metres and SBN are working to secure even more partnerships as our national movement continues to grow.

Georgina says: “We want as many people involved as possible. Business people have a key role to play. They can bring additional resources and help us get the message out there so more people can get involved. This will help give everybody in New Zealand the chance to act on the water crisis.”

Do you work in a business that might be interested in supporting us? Get in touch with georgina@sustainable.org.nz