Giving Back To Our Kiwi Communities

A sense of community is important to all of us – and our communities are the heart and soul of New Zealand at large. This year, we are proud to launch the Ideal Foundation – established to support New Zealand communities by giving back 10% of the profit on selected goods in the pursuit of socially responsible activities and environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

What is the Ideal Foundation?

The Ideal Foundation was founded with two key aims in mind: To work with disadvantaged and vulnerable groups within our community and to protect the natural environment. Established by a group of trustees from Ideal Electrical and the industry at large, the Ideal Foundation is committed to supporting New Zealanders and environmentally friendly energy solutions. In addition, the Ideal Foundation fosters education around energy efficiency and supports like-minded initiatives and organisations.


Our mission


How we contribute
  • 10% of all profits on specially marked items go back into the New Zealand Community.
  • You can help support these initiatives by looking for these items and making them your preferred products.


Our trustees
  • Gonzalo Errejon, CEO Ideal Electrical Suppliers
  • Tricia Payne, National HR Manager Ideal Electrical Suppliers
  • Mario Brazzale, CFO Ideal Electrical Suppliers
  • Ali McGraw, Lighting Design & Sales Ideal Electrical Suppliers
  • Bernie McLaughlin, CEO Master Electricians


Impact of the Ideal Foundation

The Ideal Foundation enables staff, suppliers, customers, and partners to create positive change beyond the organisation and have a real impact on our communities. The Foundation relies on a variety of activities to achieve this impact, including:


Community projects

With a commitment to looking after the New Zealand community, the Ideal Foundation supports both local community groups and national organisations looking to eradicate issues such as child poverty.


Sustainable energy

The Ideal Foundation aims to discover new sustainable energy solutions, and is committed to promoting products which will aid in keeping New Zealand ‘clean and green’.


Environmental projects

It is vital that organisations lead the charge in protecting our natural environments. The Ideal Foundation is committed to supporting organisations driving long-lasting change to protect our world.


Integration with community-focused events

The Foundation also integrates with existing community-focused events, including Round the Bays, Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, and Loud Shirt Day.


Promoting strong partnerships

The Ideal Foundation’s mission to pursue socially responsible activities and environmentally sustainable energy solutions can only be achieved through meaningful, long-term relationships with our suppliers, customers, and valued partners.

The Ideal Foundation is working with Ideal Electrical suppliers to identify and promote sustainable products, which will be selected as Ideal Foundation products. With 10% of the profits from these items going directly into the Ideal Foundation, these funds can then be put towards supporting community initiatives and sustainably working towards the Foundation mission.


Global reach, local focus

As an organisation, we’re part of a global community, with company roots in France. We also have a global Rexel Foundation based in Paris, which plays an important part in the organisation’s wider corporate social responsibility – the focus here is on energy efficiency and social entrepreneurship.

However, with strong roots here in New Zealand, we are committed to giving back to our New Zealand communities through the Ideal Foundation. The new Ideal Foundation is focused on our part of the world – it’s “100% for the NZ Community” and aims to give back to Kiwi communities. With Ideal’s employees and customers all here in New Zealand, it makes sense to give back to our New Zealand communities through social and environmental activities wherever we can. The Ideal Foundation has been designed to provide support to organisations and environmental solutions across the country.


With the launch of the Ideal Foundation, customers can be confident in the knowledge that supporting Ideal Electrical and Ideal Foundation products, means they are supporting their local communities as 100% of the proceeds goes back into the community, protecting our natural environment for years to come – so keep that in mind when you’re checking out products and notice one with the special Ideal Foundation sticker.