Foodstuffs appoints Amy Chau as Carbon Manager

27 November 2023

202311227 Amy Chau, Foodstuffs Carbon Manager

Amy is responsible for supporting initiatives to measure, manage and reduce the carbon footprint of the Foodstuffs co-ops.


Foodstuffs New Zealand, the organisation that supports 100% New Zealand owned co-operatives Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island, has appointed Amy Chau as its Carbon Manager.

This strategic appointment underscores Foodstuffs' commitment to being HereforNZ by addressing environmental challenges in the grocery industry, and marks a significant milestone in the organisation’s social promise to be leaders in sustainability.

Head of Environmental Social Governance for Foodstuffs, Sandy Botterill says: “In this key role, Amy is responsible for supporting initiatives to measure, manage and reduce the carbon footprint of the Foodstuffs co-ops."

“Amy brings a wealth of experience in environmental management, has a proven track record of implementing sustainable practices and is well placed to drive Foodstuffs towards a more sustainable future.”

“As our co-operative's members navigate the effects of climate change, we’re aware of the importance of taking action to reduce our environmental impact." 

“The appointment of a dedicated Carbon Manager is a significant step towards fulfilling our commitment to improving our sustainable business practices”, she added.

Amy has extensive experience in sustainability roles having worked as a carbon auditor at Toitū Envirocare and advisory positions in New Zealand’s infrastructure and FMCG sectors.

Regarding her appointment, Amy said: “This new role is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in a sector that’s part of the everyday lives of New Zealanders. 

Since joining Foodstuffs I’ve been blown away by how much everyone really cares about their local communities and because each owner operator lives in the same community where their stores are located, they’re really invested and want to make a difference.

The Foodstuffs Carbon Manager role has been created to help the Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island co-operatives reduce their emissions, with the goal of de-carbonising all direct emissions, such as the electricity from our operations, the refrigerants from our fridge and freezers and the fuel from our transport fleet, helping ensure Foodstuffs is doing its part in keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees.

The initial focus for Amy will be on supporting the co-operatives to reduce internal organisational emissions, before beginning to look at external ways to reduce emissions in the value chain.

Amy said: “I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution towards our HereforNZ social promises across Foodstuffs.”