New Zealand: James & Wells win Sustainable Business Network Award
Last Updated: 29 October 2012

James & Wells is the proud recipient of this year's Northern Region Sustainable Business Network Medium Business (Trailblazer) Award.

The award reflects the intellectual property1 firm's ongoing commitment to sustainable business demonstrated by a number of initiatives in the last year.

Senior associate Jonathan Lucas says: "This award is recognition of all the hard work put in by the James & Wells team, and particularly the Sustainable Business Committee, over the last 12 months.

"Far from resting on our laurels, I hope we will now be inspired to make even greater strides in the journey to becoming a truly sustainable business."

Earlier this year, James & Wells announced an innovative new sustainability strategy which includes donating five per cent of its fees from 'sustainable clients' to coastal clean-up charity, Sustainable Coastlines. To qualify, clients must be members of either Sustainable Business Network, Sustainable Business Council or be CEMARS or carboNZero certified organisations.

The initiative is part of the firm's ongoing Silver Sponsorship of Sustainable Coastlines, which has seen staff from James & Wells' offices across the country collect more than 222 kg of waste during beach clean-ups at Ruapuke, Raglan, and Auckland's Milford Creek and Long Bay earlier this year.

At the firm's second annual "car free day" in June this year, staff around the country saved almost 250 km of travel, equating to approximately 47 kg of CO2 emissions

The awards were presented on 4 October at Parnell Jubilee Hall. All regional winners will compete in their categories in the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards on Thursday, 22 November 6pm - 9.30pm at The Cloud in Auckland.


1Refers to the ownership of an intangible thing - the innovative idea behind a new technology, product, process, design or plant variety, and other intangibles such as trade secrets, goodwill and reputation, and trade marks. Although intangible, the law recognises intellectual property as a form of property which can be sold, licensed, damaged or trespassed upon. Intellectual property encompasses patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

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