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Is NZ ready to roll on SDGs?   

The Auditor General has published a report looking at the Government’s preparedness to implement the sustainable development goals, and it has many constructive suggestions for how to progress on these important areas (including some from SBC). 

Keeping in touch, online

In Mike’s update this week he talks about supporting our members at levels 3 and 4, our plans for the Emissions Reduction Plan consultation, and the new Deloitte CFO survey.  

New member profile: EnviroNZ  

EnviroNZ are a sustainable resource recovery and management company providing services from EnviroWaste and ChemWaste. Recently EnviroWaste joined the NZ Food Network in diverting edible food to thousands of Kiwi households experiencing food insecurity 

New CLC signatory: Ākina   

Ākina is an impact consultancy helping businesses put positive social and environmental outcomes (impacts) at the heart of their business. They are a climate positive (offset 120% of their carbon footprint) certified organisation. 

Seeking CFO insights on climate

SBC, with Toitū Tahua, the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Deloitte, is seeking views on how CFOs see their role in engaging on issues such as climate risk and shifting New Zealand to a lower-carbon economy. The results will be launched at a series of workshops later this year. Complete the survey by 6 Sept 

Where to start with SBTs

Does your business want to align its emissions with the global carbon budget in the 2015 Paris Agreement? This new series from Toitū shows businesses how to get started on setting a science-based target emissions reduction plan.  

Practical steps on modern slavery   

Oji Fibre Solutions is committed to zero tolerance of human rights violations and has published its first Modern Slavery Statement explaining how it is managing the risks of employee exploitation being presenting in its supply chain. This is being following with in-house training on the issue, how to identify the risks and signposting where to seek advice. 

Reporting Corner   

IAG has released its Annual Snapshot, outlining how it has contributed to the environment, communities and economies of New Zealand during FY21.  And Chorus released its 2021 Sustainability Report outlining how its fibre broadband network will play an important part in New Zealand’s journey to carbon zero by 2050. 

Aotearoa Refill Biz Challenge 

Join Waste Management in getting behind the Refill NZ Challenge. It is saying ‘no’ to plastic bottles and single use cups and gifting the work whānau keep-cups and reusable metal bottles. 

90-year forestry partnership   

Anderson Lloyd has assisted Aratu Forests to negotiate a partnership to use marginal land for native plantings. This will have positive environmental, social and ecological benefits and can be used for carbon trading.    

Work with us 

As well as a Network Sustainability Lead, we are now recruiting for an Event Manager, based in Auckland. Come and help us develop a compelling lineup of member events, the jewel of our sustainability calendar. 

Job opportunities 

SBC/BusinessNZ - Network Sustainability Lead - closes 5 Sept
SBC - Event Manager - closes 17 Sept

Auckland Council have extended the application date for their Climate Action Specialist roles to Mon 6 Sept.  

Auckland Transport - Principal Sustainability Advisor    

BNZ - Senior Sustainability Advisor (Wellington or Auckland)   

Fonterra Brands NZ (Auckland or Palmerston North) - Senior Environmental and Sustainability Advisor 

Toitu Envirocare - Leader Auditor - Client Delivery team   

Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency - Lead Advisor Climate Change Adaptation 

SBC events

We are monitoring Covid-19 developments closely and will advise of any changes to upcoming events.


The Business of Human Rights: in conversation with Meng Foon

Now online-only | Wednesday 15 September, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Join us in conversation with Meng Foon, NZ Race Relations Commissioner, who will discuss how economic and material wellbeing remains the key to the realisation of human rights in Aotearoa, the new National Action Plan on Racism, and the important role of business in improving inequality so that people, business, and communities thrive together. Register here.


In-person events

The SBC Annual Council Meeting and CLC Third Anniversary & Snapshot Launch will be rescheduled, pending Covid developments. 


Climate Change and Business Conference 

May be rescheduled pending Covid developments
Aotea Centre, Auckland | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC, CLC and EDS are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. Registration is open now.

Other events


2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2021 APCS Special Edition)
Online | 8 - 10 September 

Virtual and in-person gathering of city and business leaders from across the Asia Pacific and beyond, providing opportunities for connection, learning and relationship-building between civic and business sectors who are all facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Register and more information

The European Green Deal: Implications for exporters from down under

Online | 9 September, 3pm
To prepare exporters from ‘down under’, thinkstep-anz’s upcoming webinar will focus on the key sustainability related standards from the EU’s Green Deal and how they affect access into the EU market, featuring Caroline Lambert, the Head of Trade for the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand and a ‘Green Deal’ expert. Register here

More about SBC events. For other low emissions events, see the Climate Leaders Coalition events calendar.

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02 September 2021

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