What sustainability means to us
Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
We do this by driving efficiencies throughout our business and investing in science and tools that give us and our shareholders the capability required to optimise value from the land while minimising environmental harm.
Integrated reporting is about creating value over time. It helps us to better engage with and understand our stakeholders, to identify and respond to current and future challenges and to employ resources and develop relationships to enable improved decisions.
Find out more through our Integrated Report
Our operations and those of our customers are dependent on natural resources, which is why it’s critical to assess and improve how efficiently we are using them. We are putting together our first sustainability framework to accelerate our efforts. Ravensdown is committed to helping farmers reduce their environmental impact and just as determined to tackle its own. Ravensdown has grown a team of environmental specialists that helps farmers to align their goals and future aspirations within the environmental regulation framework.
How our services reduce environmental impacts
Ravensdown reported its first carbon footprint in 2017. 2017 and 2018 represent our base year for 2025 and 2030 GHG emissions reduction targets, which have been set following a science based approach. In 2019 we have broadened the scope, removed sources of uncertainty from the datasets and improved our calculation methods. Total core (scope 1 and 2 emissions) for 2019 were 14,905tCO2e.
The carbon footprint profile of our wider operations is shown below.
Sustainable Business Council
We can achieve more by working with and learning from other New Zealand organisations that are leading in this area. This is why we have been an active member of the Sustainable Business Council since February 2018.
Climate Leaders Coalition
We take climate change mitigation seriously. As a founding signatory of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Ravensdown reported our emissions for the first time in 2018 and in 2019 we are setting a science-based reduction target consistent with a limit of two degrees of temperature change In the coming year we will also work with our suppliers to reduce their emissions.
As a partner of the Aotearoa Circle, we commit to protecting New Zealand for future generations. Aotearoa Circle is a unique partnership bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors to investigate the state of our natural resources, and to commit to priority actions that will halt and reverse the decline. The initiative aims not to duplicate work already underway, but to amplify existing efforts, and apply work in areas where there are gaps. Always looking to the future, but equipped with the knowledge of where we’ve been, and working together towards a shared goal.
Generation’ Less is the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) campaign to unite New Zealand individuals, organisations, and the government to live and work in more climate-friendly ways by using less energy. Ravensdown’s commitment to Gen Less means we are choosing to take meaningful, ongoing action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and working with EECA to do so.