The institute’s awards are open to any company or employee of any sector of the New Zealand food and beverage industry, not only institute members. The Eco-Efficiency Award recognizes an exceptional individual or group contribution to achieving resource efficiencies in a New Zealand food business, particularly associated with a culture change that embeds eco-efficiency in the business.
Examples of qualifying activities are changes in processing systems, operating practices or technologies that result in favorable environmental outcomes, through reduction, recovery or re-use. Example outcomes might be significant reductions in water usage, solid or liquid waste disposal, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions or chemical usage.
In the case of Inghams, which has the philosophy of "Doing the right things and doing things right," the award recognized the company’s achievements in “creating a team and environment, led from the highest level of management, where environmental sustainability is one of the company’s three driving business priorities, along with animal welfare and food safety.”