Our sustainability promise

Big production, small environmental impact

The Whakatāne Mill takes a proactive approach to our ongoing commitment to sustainability. Across sourcing, production and distribution, we are making impactful changes toward a greener future for our business, community, and planet. 

Recent machinery upgrades and significant investments have seen our sustainability efforts result in 30% less gas consumption, decreased water consumption from the Whakatāne River, and 30% energy efficiency per tonne of board. Alongside our suppliers, vendors and industry partners, we continue to innovate new solutions to reduce our environmental footprint and promote a more sustainable industry standard.


We aim to generate sustainable value for employees, customers, suppliers, investors, and the communities we serve. Our commitment to this goal is underpinned by our documented ethical standards across our business practices.

People & Communities

Our long-standing employees are the foundation of our success. Wherever possible, we hire local talent, creating an inclusive, diverse and supportive workforce that represents our community. We actively support local schools and contribute to fundraising appeals.


We champion the use of renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials in our production processes. Our product line of folding boxboard is crafted from 100% virgin fibres, ensuring that our packaging solutions have a light impact on the planet.

Proudly industry certified

Whakatāne Mill Limited maintains high quality and sustainability standards across all industry accreditations. 

FSC® C010438 

Forest Stewardship Council® for Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Standard

FSSC 22000

Food Safety Management System

ISO 9001

2015 Quality Management System

ISO 14001

2015 Environmental Management System