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New Zealand Refining Company: Fuelling New Zealand's future

Fuelling New Zealand's future

This Case Study deals with the New Zealand Refining Company and the challenges it faces as an organisation dealing with a variety of issues as it continues to grow and be accountable to its stakeholders. The Case Study demonstrates how NZRC contributes to the economy, maintains employee safety, continues its approach to environmentally sustainable growth all while being an employer of choice.

As a result of reading this Case Study, students should be able to:

  • Understand the benefits NZRC brings to the New Zealand economy 
  • Describe the importance of occupational health and safety and sustainability to an organisation
  • Identify the benefits of effective human resource management.


The New Zealand Refining Company (NZRC) has been in operation since 1962.

Contributing to the economy

NZRC contributes to the New Zealand economy in a variety of ways, not least of which is the provision of employment.

Keeping our people safe

Another cornerstone of NZRC's culture, and an essential component of the business plan, is the area of employee safety.

Delivering on environmental promises

Today all organisations, regardless of their size, need to exercise corporate social responsibility, and NZRC is no exception.

Being the employer of choice for our people

The human resources of any organisation are a vital asset in attempting to achieve any objective in an organisation.


The New Zealand Refining Company is an organisation which has the future firmly in its sights.


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Associated with:
Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Developing organisational culture
  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Business Environment | Significance of business
  • Business Environment | Stakeholders
  • Business Environment | The external environment
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Aligning structure to objectives
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Forms of ownership of large organisations
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Organisational structures:overview
  • Change Management | Strategic planning
  • Employee Relations | Proactive employee relations
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility | Socially responsible programs and approaches
  • Human Resource Management | Employee Motivation
  • Management Skills | Role of planning
From: Edition 4

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