Business and community leaders attended the ceremony where community leaders presented three business organisations a Good Business Egg Award of New Zealand. Winners for 2014 included: the Department of Conservation (DOC) for their outstanding work in educating New Zealanders through the environment; CQHotels Wellington for their contribution to community health; and The Warehouse for community empowerment.
Over the past year, seventy-nine businesses have been judged on their commitment to the community, as surveys and questionnaires were collected and a judging panel formed for each category. Included in the list were LBG members ANZ, BNZ, Cadbury (Mondeléz), Holden, NZ Post, Optus and Westfield. LBG Director Simon J. Robinson said this recognises the commitment by LBG members to their local communities and said, "it is inspiring to see our members in New Zealand recognised for the authentic corporate community investment they achieve."
The Hon. Jo Goodhew Minister of The Community and Voluntary Sector spoke at the event in support of business commitment to New Zealand communities. "The winners epitomise businesses that are working to enhance the betterment of their communities, whilst gaining positives from their community connections," says Mrs Goodhew. "Collectively they have closely engaged with a very significant number of people in communities across New Zealand to share their skills."
BACS founder Julie Donvin-Irons, of the Stanley East Company explained "Many NZ businesses invest in the community and the Good Business Eggs of New Zealand Awards are significant. Business gets some acknowledgment for what they do and the value lies in what the community truly thinks of them." Julie highlighted that company size does not matter, stating that "...whether a global giant or small enterprise they have been recognised for the quality of their investment in communities".
LBG sponsored the event, along with the Funding Information Service (FIS), Cadbury and the Stanley East Company.