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02 April 2013


Pukekohe Growers Supplies have been awarded the Australia/New Zealand Ambassador of Respect at the 2013 Environmental Respect Awards.

The Environmental Respect Award is the premier award for agricultural stewardship among agricultural retailers and distributors around the world.  Since its inception in 1990, more than 5,500 local farm supply businesses in the U.S. have audited their facilities and shared the reality of their day-to-day environmentalism.  In 2004, the effort went global as a World of Respect award and more than 500 businesses and 25 countries have since participated.

In July Mike Gordon travelled with DuPont NZ Territory Manager Raeleen Watherston to Washington DC and then onto Wilmington Delaware to accept the award on behalf of Pukekohe Growers Supplies.

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection, and conducted by CropLife® magazine and Farm Chemicals International® magazine, honour outstanding environmental stewardship among those who supply growers or farmers with inputs crucial to safe and effective crop production around the world.  The winners exemplify environmental care in areas of security, risk management, product handling and use, worker safety, and education and outreach to their communities.

The voluntary program features a 100 question environmental stewardship self-audit, with supporting evidence in the form of photos and written plans for safety and facility management.  A global expert panel uses a web-based teleconference for the purpose of evaluating the competitors with judges online from the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States.

“DuPont is committed to environmental stewardship throughout the world,” said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection. “By partnering with our global customers we have been able to establish the Environmental Respect Awards program worldwide.  It is a great honour to work with these companies that share our respect for the environment and to promote sustainable agriculture.”

The Ambassadors of Respect were presented their awards at a special ceremony at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington. They also were honoured at a Capitol Hill reception in Washington, DC and joined the national and regional Environmental Respect Award winners from the United States in discussions geared to progress in sustainable agriculture.

In Mike’s acceptance speech he paid tribute to his small but dedicated team back home in Pukekohe that had worked hard to get the company to where it is now.  “Going forward the success of the business is going to come from assisting our grower clients to produce profitable and quality crops in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

DuPont Crop Protection in NZ would like to congratulate Pukekohe Grower Supplies on this achievement.  The unique crystal trophy signifying excellence in environmental stewardship will be on display at the Pukekohe store.

 From left to right: Guy Sands (NZ Stewardship leader) and Raeleen Watherston (Upper North Island Territory Mgr) DuPont,  Lyn Larsen (Admin, H&S Mgr) and Mike Gordon (Business Mgr) Pukekohe Growers Supplies Ltd