Published: September 19, 2016
Auckland’s Watercare has been recognised by the country’s risk sector body as a leader in risk management.
The provider of water and wastewater services received the award for Excellence in Building Risk Management Capability at the 2016 RiskNZ Awards of Excellence, which were held in Wellington on 15 September.
The award identifies Watercare as an organisation that shows continuing commitment to ensuring that they have the risk management skills, knowledge and resources needed to enhance business performance.
Judges said Watercare’s whole of organisation approach and focus on developing and implementing a sound risk culture and systems is the epitome of what the RiskNZ award is all about.
Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram says RiskNZ’s recognition highlights the progressive work of Watercare’s risk and assurance team in supporting business operations.
“Effective risk management is vital for us in our mission to provide safe and efficient water and wastewater services to the people of Auckland. It is of upmost importance that all staff understand the risks that may prevent them from successfully doing their job.
To support this, Jaduram says all staff follow a long-established risk framework that outlines the risk process and criteria for the consistent assessment of for all risks.
“This means that we can quickly and effectively identify the most significant risks to the organisation and escalate them appropriately.”
Watercare’s project to upgrade the biological nutrient removal process at Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant was also recognised at the awards, receiving a commendation for the collaborative approach taken by CH2M Beca, Watercare and the McConnell Dowell/HEB Joint venture in managing the project’s risks.