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What Drives Us

Port Marlborough’s legacy in our province runs deep.

The port and marinas support the success of others – our business and recreational customers, iwi, communities, industry stakeholders, and our shareholder. We recognise the ecological importance of the Marlborough Sounds environment and the way it has supported our people, lifestyle, and economy over centuries.

It’s vital that we protect our unique environment to sustain future generations. Our decisions have a far-reaching, long-lasting, and cumulative effect – and they matter. We know that genuine success needs to be measured across environmental and social outcomes as well as financial metrics.

We’re clear on what drives us, and we’re working hard to lead the way as an environmentally restorative port, driving success for Marlborough.

We’re on a journey to evolve our more traditional infrastructure-focused port business to a designed, sustainable operation; a best-in-class specialist port that balances benefits to people, planet and prosperity, through partnerships. This means realigning our priorities, focusing on what matters most, what we can influence, and where we should focus our efforts. It also means encouraging new thinking and behaviour across the breadth of our team.

We’ve developed a series of sustainability metrics and put in place a baseline for future performance; this is our ‘2020 Sustainability Snapshot’. We’ve aligned our methodology with the widely recognised United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting standards.

Our specific goals and targets reflect what is most material for Port Marlborough and our communities, focusing on greenhouse gas emissions [our ‘carbon footprint’], waste, and water use.

At Port Marlborough we’re strongly driven to deliver genuine and balanced benefits for people, the planet, and prosperity reflected by specific measures, goals, and targets that are meaningful for our team, our customers, and our communities.

We’ve aligned our headline goals with the widely recognised United Nations Sustainability Development Goals [UN SDGs]. Our specific targets and methods for measuring performance follow the Global Reporting Initiative [GRI] standards. In 2020 we measured baseline sustainability metrics across seven specific areas and set some targets for improvement in our first ever ‘Sustainability Scorecard’.

This year, we’re able to report comparative performance and set some new goals as shown on our Sustainability Scorecard below. This year, external influences [closed international borders and the absence of cruise and strong domestic tourism over summer]  delivered unexpected outcomes. Overall, though, we’ve made some real progress in target areas