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Respect and hard work pays off

Atasa Moceituba
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

RUNNING a successful business is all about respecting each other and collaborating with hardworking staff who share the same vision and are willing to help the company achieve great things.

If there's one thing the staff members and management of Natural Waters of Viti Limited (Natural Waters) have learnt over the years that is to demonstrate a successful commitment in managing their social, environmental and financial obligations.

This was evident after they won the Socially Responsible Businesses of the Year award — an award that recognised a company that has demonstrated principles of government's Green Growth Framework by establishing a positive, sustainable and societal impact as part of their business journey during the Prime Minister's International Business Awards.

And Natural Water's senior counsel Marigold Moody says they were thankful, humbled and overjoyed because their philanthropic work has received acknowledgment on a national level.

Ms Moody said they were proud of the work they do in the community and were excited about the opportunity to share their efforts with a wider audience.

She said the awards were very prestigious and they were honoured to receive the award from the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

"We did have high hopes given the substantial and generous investments made through our philanthropy.

"But, especially considering the high level of competition, it was still thrilling for us," Ms Moody said.

"Now that we've won the award, we're proudly sharing the news with our employees, our community, our partners and the wider Fiji Water group. The feedback we've received has been incredibly positive."

When questioned about the challenges the company faced she confirmed that lack of access to a municipal water supply for non-bottled water usage, lack of connection to the power grid and attracting talent to work in a remote location were some of the problems they faced.

Fortunately she said they had overcome these challenges using innovative engineering resources and human resources expertise.

"While it has been challenging at times, we never contemplated giving up. We're very proud of our world-class product and our focus on giving back to the communities in which we operate.

"There's always another solution to any problems that may arise.

"Properly defining the challenge is the key to finding the best resolution," Ms Moody said.

Natural Waters of Viti Limited (Natural Waters) is a manufacturing company founded in 1995 out of the desire to share FIJI Water, "Earth's Finest Water," with the world.

Located at Yaqara, one of their most unique features is that from a relatively remote location they produce the number one imported premium water in the United States.

"Using advanced, high-tech equipment, we believe we're the most water efficient water bottling operation on the planet Ms Moody said.

Today, FIJI Water is available in leading hotels, fine restaurants, retail locations, as well as by direct delivery in over 50 countries.

The company employs about 350 people.

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