Sustainability

Working with our Suppliers

At Z, we reckon sustainability matters and we’re committed to acting in a way that benefits the future of the communities we operate in and the planet that carries us all, while at the same time sustaining a long term future for our business.

We want to engage with suppliers who share these commitments. So we operate a Sustainability Code of Conduct for Suppliers, which covers the things that we believe matter to New Zealand: ethical business, people and community, health and safety, and environment.

Building on that, we also run Shared Performance Agreements with a small number of like-minded suppliers to work on projects that aim to make a greater positive change than what we could have achieved on our own.

Hear Gerri, our Sustainability Manager, introduce the Sustainability Code of Conduct and explain how it works over our on Youtube channel.

 

Supplier Code of Conduct

The objective of Z’s Supplier Code of Conduct (SCOC) is to set clear expectations of all our suppliers regarding sustainability, providing a framework for meaningful and collaborative partnerships that ultimately work to increase efficiency and reduce our operational environmental impact together.

 

Ethical business

We expect our suppliers to:

We encourage our suppliers to:

  •  operate with integrity and comply with all applicable laws, regulations and ethical standards of all the countries where they are doing business, including competition and fair trading laws, insider trading laws, environmental laws and regulations and anti-corruption laws.
  • Not engage in corruption including bribery, extortion, money laundering or other illegal or unethical activities.
  • Be straight up and transparent about their practices.
  • provide and promote a ‘whistleblower’ option for employees which is accessible and confidential.

 

Health & safety

We expect our suppliers to:

We encourage our suppliers to:

  • comply with their health and safety obligations, all applicable laws, regulations and standards of the countries where they are doing business.
  • have an aspiration to create a zero harm workplace and adopt a continuous improvement approach to the health, safety and wellbeing of employees.
  • across the countries they operate in, apply the requirements of those countries with the highest standard of health and safety obligations.

 

People & community

We expect our suppliers to:

We encourage our suppliers to:

  • comply with regulatory and statutory requirements on human rights, discrimination, harassment, equal opportunities, and global labour standards.
  • respect human rights and ensure no employee suffers harassment, physical, mental or other forms of abuse.

  • ensure the wellbeing of employees by complying with legal requirements on working hours, including minimum wage, overtime and maximum hours.

  • practice and promote equality by treating employees equally regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or other distinguishing characteristics.

  • not use forced, compulsory or child labour, and to ensure that employees are employed voluntarily and of their own free will.

  • contribute to the communities they live and operate in by empowering community aspirations and achievements, supporting safe and healthy communities, and enabling neighbourhood solutions.
  • promote and value diversity and inclusiveness by achieving and maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the communities our suppliers work in.
  • do business in a way that supports New Zealand.

 

 Environment

We expect our suppliers to:

We encourage our suppliers to:

  • comply with all applicable laws, regulations and standards of the countries where they are doing business.
  • use less and waste less by adopting practices that minimise impact on the environment and deliver benefits to improve our sustainable performances over time.
  • notify us of any infringements and non-compliance.
  • actively participate in projects that contribute towards making a positive difference to the environment.

We expect our suppliers to:

  • work with Z and, in turn, with their suppliers and contractors, to implement and live the principles of this Code of Conduct.
  • work with us collaboratively to share, listen and learn from each other to create mutually-beneficial opportunities.
  • embed the Code of Conduct as part of everyday processes.
  • operate with a philosophy of continuous improvement.
  • take leadership in training, monitoring, reporting and putting in place corrective actions where needed.

Got any questions?

Have you had a read of this, and now got any questions?  Just drop us a line to sustainability@z.co.nz and we'll get right back to you.