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SBC year in review

SBC has now published our Annual Snapshot, where despite a very unusual year globally, sustainability in New Zealand is still going strong. Mike Burrell has more in his Level 4 video update, including the results of the Advisory Board elections. 

New member profile: DLA Piper 

DLA Piper is a global law firm supporting their clients and communities on their journey to a more sustainable future. Since 2013 they have been actively reporting and contributing towards the SDGs, and are signed up to the Science Based Targets Initiative to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. 

Recognition for reporting

Congratulations to Fonterra, Sanford and SkyCity for achieving Gold in the Australasian Reporting Awards. Fonterra also won the best in sector award for ‘Resources and Production’ and Sanford won the Special Award for Communication in the Public Sector.

SBC members Rainbow finalists

Z Energy, ASB, Chorus, EY, and Auckland Council have been nominated as finalists in the NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate and showcase best practice in the workplace experience of our rainbow community, including leadership, innovation, best practice and collaboration.

Emissions Reduction Plan - coming soon

MfE will release the draft Emissions Reduction Plan for NZ in the coming weeks, outlining how NZ will achieve its climate targets and meet our emission budgets, and ensure that the transition is fair, equitable and inclusive. 

SBC/CLC will prepare a joint submission following a similar process to the Climate Change Commission submission. The process may be affected by the move to Alert Level 4; we will be in touch directly with members when we have more information about the process and timeframes. 

Contribute your waste expertise

The Minister for the Environment is seeking nominations for up to five Waste Advisory Board members, including one chair. The Minister is specifically seeking nominees with skills and expertise in the following areas: carbon analysis, waste industry, and tikanga Māori. 

Nominations close at 5pm on 25 August. For further information and to nominate yourself, contact 022 015 9949 or email

Job opportunities 

Auckland Council - 4 x Climate Action Specialists:

Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency - Portfolio Manager Climate Change 

Woolworths - Climate Change Manager  

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

Auckland and online | Wednesday 15 September

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.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

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.

SBC member events


Planetary Accounting: going beyond carbon 

Postponed due to lockdown - register to be informed of new date

Join this webinar with Planetary Accounting Networking Founding Director Kate Meyer and thinkstep-anz Technical Director Jeff Vickers, as they discuss how LCA and planetary accounting work together to minimise the causes of irreversible damage. Register here.

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

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19 August 2021

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