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Organisations need to think broadly and strategically about being sustainable. Financial success is important but comes as a result of getting many things right, including having a positive impact on our wider community and the industry we are part of. Our sustainability focus is on finding practical ways to make a contribution that can be leveraged by others for lasting impact.
Longveld recognises Māori as tāngata whenua, or “the people of the land” – a term that recognises Māori as the indigenous people of New Zealand. We acknowledge the iwi, or tribes, of our Waikato region who trace their tupuna, or ancestry, back to the Tainui waka, one of the ocean-going canoes that first brought Māori to our shores.
We recognise that New Zealand is a vibrant, multicultural society. We reflect that diversity at Longveld where many team members are first generation migrants. Our aim is to ensure our business practices show respect and empathy for all cultures, both within our team and in our relationships with other stakeholders. Being wholehearted is an important value at Longveld. We want our team to be able to bring all of themselves to work, and interact authentically with others.
It is vital that we work proactively to build capability in our region’s future workforce. We support Wintec, our local polytechnic, by providing work placement opportunities for programmes Wintec runs in partnership with local high schools. Waikato Trades Academy (WTA) and Integrated in Engineering are programmes that provide trade training experience to young people while still at school. We also work in partnership with Wintec to run a Girls in Engineering programme to encourage more girls to consider a career in trade engineering.
Our intern programmes provide paid work experience for professional engineering students while they are completing their qualification. The students get the opportunity to apply their learning to real-life projects, while we get to sharpen up on new technology developments and have our thinking challenged.
Child Matters is New Zealand’s only national charity dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. For over 20 years, the Hamilton-based organisation has led the way in advocating for the rights of children, and educating adults to prevent child abuse through accredited training programmes for professionals working with children.
Longveld has supported child matters since 2010 with services in kind to assist with their child protection initiatives, particularly Buddy Day. A small local project that spread internationally, Buddy Day involves corflute cut-outs being decorated by youngsters to look like little children, with the Buddies then being “adopted” for the day by adults to help spread the child protection message.