Business Distributors Limited (BDL) is a Christchurch family company that started off small and now has big aspirations – for both its office technology business and for helping to look after the environment.
From modest beginnings in 1973 supplying early copiers - then called ‘duplicators’ - BDL is still owned and run by the same family, and has grown to supply the equipment and software that graces every office in the country.
Today BDL has offices in Wellington, Auckland, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Nelson, Hamilton and Tauranga, but its close-knit culture and commitment to sustainable business practices are two of the things of which it is proudest.
Penny Huston, Operations Manager at BDL, and second-generation Huston Director, says the BDL culture extends into sustainable waste minimisation practices and supporting the community - and their involvement with Trees That Count does both.
“We are always searching for new ways we can incorporate being “green” into our business practices. When we came across Trees That Count, we didn’t need to think twice about getting involved,” says Penny.
“The programme makes it really easy to invest in the environment and other opportunities have grown out of it as well, like getting the team involved with local planting days.”
Whenever a printer is sold the customer receives a gift certificate letting them know that a tree will be planted on their behalf – which customers love.
BDL’s efforts have seen more than 2,000 native trees planted right across Canterbury.
This winter the BDL team will plant kahikatea in the Cranford Basin project, near Christchurch City. Cranford Basin is a natural ponding and storm water management area, critical to reducing the flood risk to urban Christchurch.
Penny says BDL team is really excited about getting out to help put the native trees in the ground: “It’s one thing to raise funds for reforestation, but another to be a part of it out in the wetlands getting your hands dirty.”
The Cranford Basin seedlings will grow to become the largest forest of kahikatea in Ōtautahi Christchurch since pre-European times.
“We believe every single effort we can make, large or small, to improve our business operations and mitigate our impact on the environment is essential,” says Penny.
“Investing in nature is one way of the ways we are doing this to help create new opportunities while making things better for our future generations.”