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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Environmentally conscious printer wins award

Soar Printing wins ‘Medium business’ award at Sustainable 60

Historic Auckland company Soar Printing won the ‘Medium business’ category at the prestigious Sustainable 60 Awards in Auckland last night, adding to a growing list of accolades for its dedication to corporate responsibility.

The family owned company was a finalist in three of the five categories –Environment, Strategy and governance, and Workplace – and won the award for companies with 21-100 employees.

The award came on the same day Soar Printing was notified by Landcare Research it has met the criteria to become the first New Zealand printer which can offer carboNZeroCertTM certified carbon-neutral printed products and services.

Soar Printing has been going for 90 years, set up in 1920 by Fred Soar on his return from World War I. He started from the basement of the Onehunga Orphan's Hall in Church St, Onehunga.

Soar's son Harry took over the business in the 1960s and had his own ambitions. When he finished work, he would have dinner with the family and then go into the Herald to work the night shift setting the headlines for the paper until just after midnight. He was saving to buy new offset printing technology from Germany.

Fred Soar, Managing Director and grand-son of the company founder, says the Sustainable 60 award reflect a five-year journey towards environmental best practise.

“There is huge pride in our team that our vision of being New Zealand’s most sustainable printer is coming to fruition. Sustainable values are fully entrenched in the company’s strategic focus and management structure.”

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