Thriving in a changing landscape
Our stakeholders’ concerns are many and varied but one thing is vital. As a co-operative, we work hard to listen and anticipate how their world is changing.
Thanks to the support of many stakeholders, Ravensdown continues to play an essential role in helping food creators optimise production and reduce their environmental impact. Scroll through a variety of perspectives below.
“Knowing what’s impacting on our customers’ world increases the chances of anticipating their needs, not just meeting them.”
Agri Manager Eva Brakenrig working with shareholder Sean Nixon to minimise nitrate leaching in the sensitive Taupō catchment.
“Truly listening to stakeholders is the best way to learn what matters to them so we can act on that feedback.”
General Manager Operations Stephen Esposito met many stakeholders this year including at a Christchurch open day to discuss the new stormwater management and intake systems.
“Offering farmers a system that records N-use for compliance takes effort to build in ways that are effortless to use.”
Product Manager Phil Barlow on the new N-190 Heat Map which is a visual audit of applied nitrogen. It is used by farmers and Ravensdown advisors, improving human capital.
“The team at Ravensdown do their best work together and share a common purpose.”
Store Manager David Hirst leads the Whanganui store, supported by Tyrone Purcell and Kane Compton.
“SABIC is taking a leading role in carving the path toward a low-carbon economy.”
Dr Bob Maughon, EVP Sustainability Technology and Innovation at Ravensdown supplier SABIC, outlines the scale of investment at the global leader in urea production.
“Farmers know they need to improve in this environmental space and look to their co-operative for help.”
Senior Agri Manager James Livingston was one of the first participants on Massey University’s new Advanced Farm Environment Planning course
“Ravensdown doesn’t just pay lip service to leadership – it backs its people.”
Ashleigh Harrison (Store Worker, Winton), Jennifer Henderson (Lab Team Leader, ARL) and Marco Hambley (Acid Plant Engineer, Christchurch Works) successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Programme.
“We’re working with the community to help the providers of food to the community.”
Hamish Price is a maintenance fitter at the Napier site where staff are preparing their permit renewal application for the site’s air and water discharges.
“N-Protect (urease inhibited urea) keeps more nitrogen for the plant so it makes environmental and economic sense.”
Southland shareholder and Mid-Aparima Catchment Group Chairwoman Jolene Germann’s PhD is focused on collaborative approaches to better water outcomes.
“Much of New Zealand’s highly productive land is vulnerable to over-application of nitrogen, so it’s important to have a more precise view of how much is available to the plant.”
Dr Hendrik Venter and the rest of the ARL team commissioned the new improved potentially mineralisable nitrogen test.
“With the existing relationships and insight into what customers are trying to achieve, we can explore areas for environmental improvement in a positive way.”
Four Senior Agri Managers Kieran Anderson, Thomas Taylor, Jane Mayo and Sonya Perkin became our new Regional Environmental Specialists.
“The outlook is positive and the mindset is of constant improvement.”
CEO Garry Diack listening to shareholders at a Marton dinner in his first week.
Through dialogue, we learn what are the most important issues for our stakeholders
EMPLOYEES - Fair remuneration and good conditions of employment • Safety and wellbeing • Training & career development
CUSTOMERS - Dependable supply • Innovative & customised farm solutions • Regulation assistance • Product quality • Financial performance • Farm environmental impacts • Community support
GOVERNMENT - Water quality • Climate change/ decarbonisation • Biosecurity • Ethical procurement
SUPPLIERS - Long-term trusted partnerships • Shared values • Responsible sourcing • Resource use/GHG emissions
BANK/LENDER - Financial performance • Climate risk • Ethical procurement • Sustainable agriculture practices
COMMUNITY - Impacts of main sites (dust/noise/ stormwater) • Operational GHG emissions IWI • Water quality • Impacts of main sites • Waste to land • Sustainable land use