Global businesses are looking to New Zealand for solutions to tough environmental challenges – especially agriculture, says Abbie Reynolds, executive director of the Sustainable Business Council.

He heard this at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development conference in Switzerland in April.

“By setting big ambitions, and leveraging its innovation mindset, Synlait is one NZ company well positioned to do that,” he says.

Synlait’s programme Lead With Pride, launched in 2013, will be key to progress in farm environments and sustainability, says chief executive John Penno. The programme rewards independently certified dairy farmers for best practice in the environment, animal health and welfare, social responsibility and milk quality. 

The aim is to reduce GHGs by 35%/kgMS, water consumption by 20%/kgMS and nitrogen loss by 45% by 2028. Synlait will tailor support to each dairy farm.

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