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Thriving People getting vaccinated

Members are encouraging staff to get their Covid-19 vaccinations. The Warehouse Group, along with Vodafone, spoke to RNZ about the incentives they are offering, and companies like Westpac are giving staff two half days’ leave to have their jabs.

New member profile: CarbonClick 

CarbonClick allows businesses and individuals to offset the emissions they haven’t reduced first by connecting people to sustainable carbon offsetting projects. CarbonClick has made it to the finals for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards - People’s Choice category.

Feature: The road to COP26

Companies and cities make up over 70% of the New Zealand organisations registered for the United Nations Race to Zero, the global platform for ambitious climate action. Each week before COP26, we'll be profiling an SBC or CLC member who has signed up for the initiative. Making an announcement? Share your news with us:

Race to Zero: Auckland Council 

Auckland Council has set multiple goals for the Race to Zero initiative, including  

90% of all electricity produced city-wide to be generated from renewable sources by 2025 compared to 72.7% in 2009. 

Sharing insights from EV drivers 

IAG has launched an EV Early Adopter programme, as part of its commitment to transition its entire corporate fleet to EV and hybrid vehicles. Six drivers from around New Zealand will be sharing insights from their EV experience over the next three months, to make it easier for future IAG EV drivers to adapt to the new vehicles.

Chocolate goes circular 

Mondelēz International will now source 30% per cent of the plastic needed to wrap the Cadbury Dairy Milk family block range from recycled sources, and continues to advocate for advanced recycling solutions and infrastructure in New Zealand. 

Responsible procurement for change 

Committing to sustainable practices beyond compliance can help companies attract clients, increase revenue and reduce risk. thinkstep-anz introduces the building blocks of a responsible procurement framework and the companies that are putting them into action. 

Leadership programme wraps up 

Congratulations to all the graduates of our Sustainability Leadership Programme 2021, which wrapped up this week. We’ve been running the SLP in partnership with Catapult since 2017, and every year we admire our graduates’ courage and commitment to a flourishing Aotearoa. Why don't you join us in 2022

NZ’s largest litter clean up 

Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Clean Up Week 2021 will take place from 25-31 October, with free waste disposal for registered events at selected council, EnviroWaste and Waste Management transfer stations until 14 November. Get your business and staff involved by registering to hold your own event. 

Insurance workplace excellence 

Suncorp and DLA Piper are both finalists in the Excellence in Workplace Diversity and Inclusion category of the NZ Insurance Industry Awards. AA Insurance, AIA New Zealand, DLA Piper, Tower and Vero are all finalists in other categories as well.    

SBC's new Communications Manager

We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Lowe to the SBC team this week. Rebecca will lead communications for SBC and CLC, and joins us from the Commerce Commission. She is based in Wellington. 

Business action against racism

Meng Foon, New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner, spoke to members recently about the important role of business in reducing inequality for people, business, and communities to thrive together, and how they can contribute to the national action plan shaping a racism-free Aotearoa. 
Watch the five-minutes highlights video

Job opportunities 

SBC/CLC - Climate Action and Sustainability Intern - closes 26 Sept

ESP - Energy Analyst 

Ministry for the Environment - Senior Policy Analyst - Climate Change
Wellington | Auckland

OfficeMax New Zealand - Sustainability Specialist

SBC events

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

Member only events coming up

24 Sept: Building resilience in vital supply chains 
29 Sept: SBC Annual Council Meeting
1 Oct: XLabs circular economy taster session
5 Oct:  Engaging others in sustainability during COVID

7 Oct: Taking the lead series: In conversation with Keryn James 


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | Now rescheduled to 3    4 March 2022
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. Registration and more information.

Other events


EY Webcast: Is your organisation prepared for the reformed NZ ETS? 

Online | Tuesday, 28 September, 12 - 1pm
Matthew Cowie, Associate Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services and Angela Ogier, Associate Director, Strategy and Transactions will provide a summary of the reform package passed by the Government and walk through a checklist that your organisation could use to carry out its own NZ ETS impact assessment. Register now


Global Women Impact Series 

Online | Wednesday 6 October, 2pm
Andrea Thompson, Catapult joins Amanda Ellis, Mavis Mullins and Dr Caralee McLeish to discuss the UN SDGs, sustainability leadership development and a Te Ao Māori perspective. 
Register now


Future-Fit Business Benchmark: Leading the way
Auckland CBD | 19 - 20 October
 Proxima offer a two-day course in how to use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark: an open-source strategic management tool that defines 100% sustainable, informs decision-making and enables practical implementation of the SDGs.
Register now

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. 

23 September 2021

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