SUSTAINABILITY – HARMONY PLAN

THRIVING COMMUNITIES

We are driven by our purpose of creating places for bees and people to thrive in harmony. Our Harmony Plan sets out our commitment to make lasting and positive contributions to protect nature and support those in need around the world.

OUR COMMITMENTS

  • Investing 1% of our net income ever year into worthy, social and environmental causes.
  • 100% of our global Comvita staff becoming Comvita shareholders.
277,677 in community partnerships
3,500 wellness packs given
25,000 to on the ground relief

HOW ARE WE TRACKING?

We are only just getting started but this year we have responded quickly to global communities in need: 

  • Proudly established four key Harmony Partners from within New Zealand and South Africa.
  • Launched a Global Time to Heal Programme where our Comvita teams will come together to take a day out to support global and community initiatives  
  • Donated NZ$25,000 to the Tonga Tsunami Relief Fund to support on-the-ground recovery. Including hives, beekeeping equipment to support farm and garden regeneration in Tonga.
  • Donating NZ$10,000 in premium products to the hard workers of the Japanese Red Cross Society  
  • Donated 1,000 units of Propolis Oral Spray and Mānuka Honey Lozenges to Shanghai Hospitals. We supported World Health Day by delivering COVID Care Kits to doctor and nurses.
  • Donated $10,000 to Red Cross in Japan.
  • Set the pathway for all gobal employees to become Comvita shareholders by the end of our 2025 financial year.

CLOSER TO HOME IN AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND

Supporting our local communities is close to our heart, and our impact initiatives largely focus on the communities in which we and our people operate within: 

  • Our apiary teams lead local community support and sponsorships.
  • Donated products to people in need through local community food banks.
  • Distributed 50 Iwi Care Packs to the Poutiri Trust Wellness Centre in Te Puke, to help families in need. 
  • Distributed over 3,500 Comvita wellness packs to Ka Pai Kai, lower decile schools in Rotorua and Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
  • Donated an Automated Emergency Device to our local Paengaroa community to support quick emergency response, including training some community members.
  • Donated 5,000 mānuka seedlings to schools and wildlife centres in Wairarapa.
Comvita staff making care packs
Comvita team preparing Ka Pai Kai
Bee Hive lessons
Noe Waters - Comvita Bee Educator

Learn More about our 4 Key Harmony Partners:

Proud Partnership: Saving the Wild - Restoring balance throough the Saving the Wild Beekeeping Project

In 2020, Comvita became a major sponsor of Saving the Wild to support environmental biodiversity and the local community through building beekeeping knowledge in the Kaimana Sanctuary and Amboseli National Park in Kenya, Africa.

Our latest mission, the Saving the Wild Beekeeping Project, is about helping restore and strengthen the delicate balance between humans and nature while generating positive social outcomes in our global communities.

Set between the 1.6 million acres in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem, the Kimana Wildlife Corridor is a critical wildlife dispersal area and is the only remaining way for wildlife to access the wider ecosystem to the east. The Saving the Wild Beekeeping Project helps protect the corridor and stop any further habitat loss from occurring.

This year we placed 200 hives in the Wildlife Corridor, and the bees are doing what they do best - pollinating the land and helping to create a more robust ecosystem.

We began harvesting our first honey harvest together, with all profits going towards an education fund for the children and women of the Massai Villages.

The saving the wild
Save the Wild - Massai Community Bee keepers
The saving the wild Elephant
Saving the Wild - First Honey Harvest
Saving the Kiwi
The Comvita team with Save The Kiwi Ranger, releasing Taika the kiwi, into a predator-free sanctuary in Wairākei, Taupō

Proud Partnership: Save the Kiwi

We were excited to discover more than 22 kiwis at our Makino Station property, a 1,671-hectare property located in the central North Island of New Zealand. This inspired us to do what we can to protect these vulnerable birds and help them safely re-establish themselves with greater numbers.

As a result, we have teamed up with Save the Kiwi as a key sponsor. Save the Kiwi is an environmental cause that unites all New Zealanders to save our indicator species and help boost kiwi numbers by 2% each year.

We now have a kiwi protection programme underway at Makino Station with over 200 predator traps (approximately 27.8km of traplines) in position as a starting point, and a team on the ground monitoring kiwi and predator numbers.

We intend to work with Save the Kiwi as we broaden and create kiwi-safe habitats across our mānuka forests and enhance the natural habitat, so that the kiwis may flourish for generations to come.

This work is supported by additional research programmes underway at Makino to identify terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity.

Proud Partnership: For the Love of Bees

With bees being at the heart of what we do, it made perfect sense for us to partner with For the Love of Bees (FTLOB), to help grow its education work, pollinator-friendly regenerative organic horticulture projects and Centres of Regenerative Learning around New Zealand and beyond.

FTLOB is a charitable trust based in Auckland, New Zealand that aims to encourage the development of a network of urban farms across New Zealand, based on regenerative organic horticulture. It aspires to create healthier ecosystems and more resilient communities through its projects, including an urban market garden, regenerative horticulture leadership programmes and a bee school.

Under the partnership, Comvita-led beekeeping operations will be established at three existing FTLOB sites in Auckland, with ongoing collaboration with local beekeepers to ensure bee health. We will also support the funding and scale-up of FTLOB operations around New Zealand.

Inspecting Bee hive
Noe Waters - Comvita Bee Educator
Saving the Kiwi
Wasp bate trap - Source: Wasp Wipeout

Proud Partnership: Wasp Wipeout

We know that wasps - a predator for our bees and native wildlife - cause a devasting impact on our biodiversity by exploiting food sources within our forests.

In 2021, we became a key sponsor for the roll-out of the Wasp Wipeout Project in the Hawkes Bay Region. Wasp Wipeout is a community-led conservation project aimed at significantly reducing wasp populations in New Zealand. Initially established in high wasp risk areas such as Nelson-Tasman, they recently moved into high wasp population areas in the North Island.

While our apiary teams routinely establish wasp bait stations around our hives to protect and preserve bee welfare, this project broadens our reach.

In 2021 we funded the deployment of over 1,100 trap/bait stations, across 12 recreational conservation areas in Hawkes Bay. Several properties border where we place our hives, supporting a safe environment for our bees.

This year, we plan on supporting a wider roll-out of the Wasp Wipeout Project within wider North Island.

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