Vanessa Atadeniz

"Alsco is well on the way to achieving its big bold sustainability goals thanks to the continued financial support from our owners, commitment and perseverance from our management team and employees.

It is a continuous, complex, and delicate balance to ensure Business and New Zealand Inc. can prosper and therefore achieve equitable and long-term success - socially and environmentally - for future generations to survive."

A key reason I joined Alsco was how genuine and committed the Alsco Leadership team and organisation is to the Strategic Pillars, especially Purpose Beyond Profit. Purpose Beyond Profit includes our big bold sustainability goals to be a business that considers the impact of everything we do on the social and natural environment.

We know what we do every day makes an incremental difference to making New Zealand more equitable for future generations.  

Alsco’ Purpose Beyond Profit is interconnected, so our success in achieving our sustainability goals depends on Alsco being productive and prosperous – to enable us to invest-in and successfully transition to a low-emissions business by 2030.

Every dollar we invest in sustainability initiatives must be measured and returned to ensure the cost of transitioning to low emissions is equitable for the long-term success for future generations.

The Alsco Sustainability vision and journey began many years ago as did the genuine relationship building with like-minded organisations in the Community, Government and Sustainability Business network.  The long-term vision and partnerships with these organisations have already helped Alsco achieve some goals through investing in:

  • Continuous batch washers that minimise water discharge, increase water recycling, lower temperature washing with eco-wash chemistry to reduce cycle times and energy. 

  • Waste segregation & reduction by repurposing and recycling with a special focus on garments.  Alsco is a member of the New Zealand TextileReuse Programme and is involved in many community-based repurposing initiatives.

  • Minimising fugitive vapours and odours from operations.

  • Experimenting alternative energy source for our coal-boilers.

  • Launch of New Zealand’s first long-haul EV road freighter and two EVs to Alsco’ service delivery fleet.  

More recently Alsco is involved in the EECA Energy Management Graduate Program and Energy Transition Accelerator project, which will provide Alsco with a roadmap to transition our business to low carbon alternatives and be able to feedback to the Government on low-emission policy and tax reforms.