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Video: Mike's wellbeing update

As New Zealand moves into the next phase of its COVID response, Mike Burrell reflects on some personal experiences in his first video update for the year, and the importance of prioritising the wellbeing of our people. Watch the video here

A reminder that the Ministry of Health has a variety of information and tools available to support your own and others’ mental wellbeing, which you can find here.   

Fonterra's strong position in 2022 

Fonterra's Chief Operating Officer Fraser Whineray spoke to NZ Herald's The Country radio about how the co-op intends to work towards long-term goals in 2022. These includes its Living Water Partnership with DoC, and narrowing down areas to build in nutrition science.

WSP investigates alternative energy

WSP in New Zealand has been awarded a contract by MBIE to investigate the feasibility of non-hydroelectric energy storage options as part of the Government's NZ Battery ProjectWSP Director Power, Rebecca Tjaberings, says the study will help the NZ Battery project team understand how alternative energy storage types stack up in the long term against pumped hydro or other hydro options.

Deloitte's CxO Sustainability Report

Deloitte has released its 2022 CxO Sustainability Report: The Disconnect Between Ambition and Impact. The report polled over 2,000 C-suite executives across 21 countries to examine concerns and actions when it comes to climate change and environmental sustainability. The report revealed an increasing concern about climate change and a shared option that the world is at a tipping point to act.

Whale Tales surfaces in Auckland

WWF-New Zealand's Whale Tales 2022 is a fantastic, interactive public art trail across Auckland featuring 80 Tails, by 80 artists, telling 80 tales of a healthy ocean. Inspired by the Bryde's whale, Whale Tales runs for 12 weeks and is sponsored by local businesses and organisations, including many SBC members. 

NZ's EV fleet sees rapid growth

A 54% surge in EV sales has been recorded for 2021, following the government’s introduction of clean car rebates for battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. New Zealand's EV fleet has grown by 13,045 units since December 2020 when the total stood at 24,111, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Job opportunities 

Work with us: SBC's Head of Sustainability.

CoGo - Sustainability Data Manager, Wellington.

Contact Energy - Sustainability Advisor, Wellington.

Waka Kotahi NZTA - Principal Advisor & Senior Advisor, Wellington.

EECA - Development Lead, Wellington.

SBC events

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


NEW Webinar: Building your sustainability skillset
 Online | Wednesday 9 February, 12 – 1pm (NZT)

Join HRNZ, SBC, and Catapult to explore the capabilities needed to lead on social and environmental issues within your business. Leading sustainability advocates Claire Walker (Chief People & Culture Officer, SkyCity), Jay Crangle (Manager - Leadership, Sustainable Business Council) and Andrea Thompson (Director & Co-Founder, Catapult) discuss current trends and drivers, and how to mobilise behaviour change skills to activate transformationRegister now.


Sustainability Leadership Programme taster webinar
 Online | Thursday 10 February, 10 – 11am (NZT)
Looking to turbo-charge your sustainability skills? Applications are now open to SBC and CLC members for our flagship leadership programme, created and delivered in partnership with Catapult. Join our free webinar on 10 February to hear from previous participants and find out more about whether this programme is right for you.

Register now


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | New date to be confirmed
The conference, delivered by SBC, CLC and EDS, will focus on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. 

Member events


Back to Business 2022
National Library Wellington | New date to be confirmed
The BusinessNZ annual Back to Business event has been postponed.

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

Please send Pānui stories (30 words plus image) to: by Weds 12pm. 

27 January 2022

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