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  • Writer's pictureKate Bolland

Nice work and credit where it is due for Air New Zealand




Congratulations and well done to Air New Zealand for welcoming their first Chief Sustainability Officer Kiri Hannifin.


We all feel like we Know Kiri as she seemed to be a constant on TV and in the media through Covid for Countdown as Director of Corporate Affairs, Quality, Health & Safety and sustainability at Countdown. During this time, she has overseen the removal of plastic bags, emissions reduction as well as managing the health, safety and wellbeing of over 21,000 staff members. She also did a great job on The Apprentice NZ!


This is an exciting BIG ROLE thatAir New Zealand has created and it ‘recognises the importance of sustainability across all aspects of the company’s operation and the increased focus the airline is placing on addressing its environmental impact.’


CEO Greg Foran stated that, ‘Sustainability is the biggest issue in Air New Zealand’s Future.’ Air New Zealand is working towards net-zero emissions by 2050. The New Zealand national airline has had an increased focus on sustainability since joining the United Nations Global Compact in 2015. The UN Global Compact has developed several frameworks for companies to embed sustainability into their strategy and take action to secure a resilient future with efforts to address environmental issues as well as social and governance. Air New Zealand reports annually to the UNGC on its progression with meeting their principles as well as publishing a yearly Sustainability Report.


It is great to see the appointment of Kiri Hannifin as Chief Sustainability Officer and Air New Zealand taking action to reduce their environmental impact. 👏👏👏👏 🌏

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