In 2018, the DB Draught Brewery in Timaru achieved WorkWell’s Gold accreditation, a nationally-recognised programme for creating and certifying safe and healthy workplaces. Gold accreditation is awarded to sites that have demonstrated they have a sustained and embedded wellbeing programme in place for their staff. Since 2014, the site has progressively introduced wellness initiatives, including physical activity and healthy eating programmes, responsible drinking education, financial health checks, smoke free education materials, sun smart tools, and mental health support tools.

SHEQ Manager Beth Park says that feedback from staff, both anecdotally and through staff surveys, has been very positive. Comments from the brewery team have included: “It’s a nudge in the right direction to get me making some smarter choices for my own good!” and “The activities make it easy to join in and become active”.

Our Waitemata site achieved WorkWell’s Bronze accreditation in 2017 and is building on this foundation towards Silver accreditation.