Caleb Clarke, Damian Young and Dean Watts, the Morphum Environmental directors, have been named finalists in a joint entry to the Sustainability Champion category of the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. The awards have been running for 13 years, making them the longest-standing sustainability awards in New Zealand. According to the Sustainable Business Network website, the awards "celebrate the contribution businesses, government agencies, social enterprises and individuals are making to transforming New Zealand to a model sustainable nation."
As the company’s owners and founders, the directors are responsible for the oversight of all strategy, operation and decision making, and are directly accountable for the company's sustainability performance and innovation. Their aim from the beginning has been for Morphum Environmental to be a leading environmental consultancy and in turn benefit society and the environment.
There are three key activities the directors undertake to embed sustainability into Morphum Environmental’s operations and that merit their consideration for the Sustainability Champion award:
- Leading the development and implementation of Morphum Environmental’s vision and values.
- Acting collectively to empower their employees to deliver practically sustainable outcomes for all of Morphum Environmental's clients.
- Direct involvement in internal sustainability projects such as the company environmental management committee.
As directors, Caleb, Damian and Dean recognise that they have a principle responsibility to lead the talented team at Morphum Environmental to achieve quality integrated solutions in design, management and assessment. Their willingness to implement projects that will address internal or external sustainability performance is uncommon for an organisation of Morphum Enviornmental’s size (38 people). For example, Morphum Environmental is carboNZero accredited, is currently applying for certification to ISO14001:2004 and has just launched its first biannual sustainability report.
As sustainability is the point of difference for many of Morphum Environmental’s services, the directors’ performance in championing sustainability is directly linked to their remuneration and the success of their company.
Final winners of the awards will be announced on 24th November.