About us

We want to be the New Zealand and Australian leader in sustainable building materials, construction and distribution, and we've set ourselves some ambitious goals to get there.

Our sustainability strategy focuses on what is most important to our business - our people, communities, customers, and investors - and where our actions will lead to meaningful change.

To be part of a sustainable future, we are working on six areas:

 

Fletcher Building's sustainable future aims.

Supporting our people and communities

Our commitment to safety is at the heart of what we do. We believe all injuries are preventable and are committed to our responsibility to get our people home safely every day. Our Safety Leadership Programme (SLP) provides a purpose-built framework for leadership development to enhance safety across the organisation. SLP is facilitated by line managers, bringing credibility to the delivery as they are encouraged to tell their own stories to connect with their teams.

We focus on inclusion and diversity in our business, and are working on fostering an inclusive workplace culture, increasing the representation of women across all parts of the business, maintaining our Rainbow Tick, and increasing leadership opportunities for women, Māori, Pasifika, and indigenous people.

In 2020, we undertook a detailed analysis of pay and implemented gender pay parity reporting processes up to Board level, and to Champions for Change, an organisation advancing inclusion and diversity in New Zealand. Our average female salary across the business is 96% of the average male salary, and we now have plans in place within all our divisions to close this gap.

In FY21, our people-led action groups have been amplified with two new groups. Tātai, Fletcher Building’s Māori Network Group, and the Equality Network Group join our well-established FB Pride Action Group. Tātai originated from our Māori leadership programme, Whakatupu, and officially launched in Matariki. The Equality Network has now over 160 members and provided 93 women with professional development and networking opportunities. FB Pride has been working on activities to support our trans and gender-diverse employees.

Our door is open to talented employees, or future employees, from all backgrounds. To help everyone to get into a great career with us, we have a range of youth development and student scholarships including First Foundation, TupuToa, and other internship and graduate positions. They can all be viewed here.

We also have a responsibility to those who work with us. In FY20 we published our Human Rights Policy and our Supplier Code of Conduct, outlining how we and our suppliers will ensure ethical treatment of people who work with us. We support labour rights and freedom of association for our people and within in our supply chain, and 23% of our workforce  are part of a union and/or or covered by collective bargaining agreements. In FY21, we focused on identifying areas with potential risk for forms of modern slavery in our supply chain, completed risk assessments to identify where to focus, and published our Modern Slavery Statement in March 2021

 

Careful management of our resources and emissions

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Addressing climate change is a huge challenge we face globally. For this reason, we have committed to achieving a 30% reduction in our scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (indirect) carbon emissions by 2030.This target is based on keeping global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius.

Our target is verified by the Science Based Targets initiativea recognised international third-party verification body, and in line with the goals set in the Paris agreement.

Combined scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in FY21 were 1,145,035 tCO2e compared to 1,238,380 tCO2e, our FY18 baseline. Our emissions intensity - the tonnes emitted per million dollars of revenue - reduced by 6%.

In the past year we have installed one of the largest solar panel systems in New Zealand at Laminex’s Melteca manufacturing plant in Hamilton, providing 19% of the energy for the site on average; and our Golden Bay Cement plant now has the capability of using waste tyres as fuel, replacing coal. This new process can consume up to 3.1 million waste tyres per year, that otherwise would end up in landfill. Because of the natural rubber content of tyres, this fuel has lower carbon emissions than coal by around 13,000 tCO2e each year

Our forward plans for further reductions across the business include moving our construction fleet progressively from diesel to hybrid vehicles, continuing to reduce energy in our Australian operations, and the new Winstone Wallboards plant we plan to open in 2023, which will reduce emissions by 10% as well as increase recycled content in the product.

 

Better products, houses and infrastructure

We recognise the opportunity to make a significant and positive impact on environmental sustainability within our industries. We are looking at our whole operations including how we work with our supply chain, to achieve sustainable building solutions.

We have voluntarily published ten Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) across New Zealand and Australia and currently have more EPDs than any other company in New Zealand. EPDs provide our customers with transparent data on the impact of our products to make an informed choice, including their use in large infrastructure projects that are rated under Infrastructure Sustainability Council.

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A number of our products also hold other sustainability certifications such as Declare labels, Environmental Choice NZ, or Global GreenTag that are recognised within green building standards Green Star, Homestar, or Living Building Challenge. 

Transparent reporting, and partner with our supply chain to deliver sustainable outcomes

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We want to be transparent about our performance on environmental and social issues as part of our governance process.

We have reported our emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and we update our sustainability performance to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) each year, and we are pleased to be members of the DJSI Asia-Pacific index .

The FY21 Annual report (PDF) has more detail on how we are achieving our sustainability aims.

Partnerships

We work within our industry to improve sustainability of products and projects, and we are active members of the following sustainability organisations:

 

Sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global set of goals adopted by New Zealand, Australia and all United Nations member states that support strategies to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Fletcher Building’s sustainability aims support the following eight United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Sustainable development goals

Sustainability reports

From 2019, our sustainability reporting is part of our Annual Report. 

FBuCall

We are committed to promoting a culture of compliance, honesty and ethical behaviour. We want the people who work for us, and those we do business with, to be comfortable approaching the organisation with any concerns about conduct which appears unethical or improper.  We provide a confidential service called FBuCall  for staff and those we do business with to raise concerns.

FBuCall is a free and anonymous phone and online service. It is managed externally, independently of Fletcher Building.

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