We want to be the New Zealand and Australian leader in sustainable building materials, construction and distribution, and we've set ourselves some ambitious goals to get there.
Our sustainability strategy focuses on what is most important to our business - our people, communities, customers, and investors - and where our actions will lead to meaningful change.
To be part of a sustainable future, we are working on six areas:
Since the implementation of our new sustainability strategy in 2018, we have made significant progress. These are some of our key achievements in the financial year finishing in June 2020:
Implementation of a multi-year programme to improve safety in our workplaces driven by the belief that all injuries are preventable.
Reduce environmental impact
We now have published 9 Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in Australia and New Zealand, and 5 more are under development. These provide information about the entire life cycle of the products, identifying the best way to reduce their impact.
Put a gender pay parity plan in place
We undertook a detailed analysis of pay and implemented gender pay parity reporting processes up to Board level, and to Champions for Change, an organisation advancing inclusion and diversity in New Zealand.
We are the first company in our sector in Australasia to publish a Science-Based Target (SBT) for carbon reduction for scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (indirect) emissions, showing our commitment to fight climate change.
As part of our new Human Rights policy, we ask all our suppliers to sign up to our Supplier Code of Conduct and to disclose how they treat their employees and suppliers, and their environmental protection measures.
The FY20 Annual report (PDF) has more detail on how we are achieving our sustainability aims.
Careful management of our resources and emissions
Addressing climate change is a huge challenge we face globally. For this reason, we have committed to achieving a 30% reduction in our scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (indirect) carbon emissions by 2030.
This target is based on keeping global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius.
Our target is verified by the Science Based Targets initiative, a recognised international third-party verification body, and in line with the goals set in the Paris agreement.
Supporting our people and communities
At Fletcher Building, our first priority is always the health and safety of our people and the communities where we work.
Our Protect safety programme implements a long-term plan to prevent all injuries. To date, close to 10,000 of our people have taken part in safety training, and we link remuneration for our senior leaders to safe behaviours and performance.
We focus on inclusion and diversity in our business, and are working on fostering an inclusive workplace culture, increasing the representation of women across all parts of the business, maintaining our Rainbow Tick, and increasing leadership opportunities for groups that are currently under-represented: women, Maori, Pasifika, and indigenous people.
To help us do this, we offer leadership programmes to provide great career opportunities to all levels from emerging leaders to executives, especially focussing on those under-represented groups. Our Whakatupu programme has been running for more than five years. This programme was developed with our people and is specifically aimed at providing leadership pathways for our Maori employees.
Our door is open to talented employees, or future employees, from all backgrounds. To help everyone to get into a great career with us, we have a range of youth development and student scholarships including First Foundation, TupuToa, and other internship and graduate positions. They can all be viewed here.
If you have a sponsorship request that relates to these focus areas please email your proposal to us.
Better products, houses and infrastructure
We recognise the opportunity to make a significant and positive impact on environmental sustainability within our industries. We are looking at our whole operations including how we work with our supply chain, to achieve sustainable building solutions.
We have voluntarily published nine Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) across New Zealand and Australia and currently have more EPDs than any other company in New Zealand. EPDs provide our customers with transparent data on the impact of our products to make an informed choice, including their use in large infrastructure projects that are rated under Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.
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A number of our products also hold other sustainability certifications such as Declare labels, Environmental Choice NZ, or Global GreenTag certifications that are recognised within green building standards Green Star, Homestar, or Living Building Challenge.
We will set a consistent sustainability standard for our construction projects, and help our customers understand how our focus on sustainability meets their needs.
Transparent reporting, and partner with our supply chain to deliver sustainable outcomes
We want to be transparent about our performance on environmental and social issues as part of our governance process.
This means benchmarking our sustainability performance and being included in leading sustainability indexes, such as Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
We are working with our supply chain to develop an environmental, social and governance assessment, to better understand their impacts as well as our own.
We work within our industry to improve sustainability of products and projects, and we are active members of the following sustainability organisations:
Sustainable development goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global set of goals adopted by New Zealand, Australia and all United Nations member states that support strategies to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Fletcher Building’s sustainability aims support the following eight United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
From 2019, our sustainability reporting is part of our Annual Report.
We are committed to promoting a culture of compliance, honesty and ethical behaviour. We want the people who work for us, and those we do business with, to be comfortable approaching the organisation with any concerns about conduct which appears unethical or improper. We provide a confidential service called FBuCall for staff and those we do business with to raise concerns.
FBuCall is a free and anonymous phone and online service. It is managed externally, independently of Fletcher Building.
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