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SBC and CLC respond to ERP  

Wednesday marked an important milestone, as we submitted our joint CLC/SBC response to the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document. A huge thank you to everyone who engaged and contributed to the response over the last few weeks. Mike Burrell talks about where to next with the ERP in his latest update.  

Waiting for the green light 

On 3 December, New Zealand will move to the new Traffic Light System for managing Covid-19 in the community, and vaccine passes will be needed to access many places. The website clearly explains the framework, and government also provides support and guidance for workplace vaccine requirements. The Workshop has a useful guide for talking about vaccinations in the workplace.

Leadership in trackpants – lessons from 2021

Our Leadership Manager Jay Crangle reflects on what we’ve learnt from the high profile speakers we’ve hosted this year in our Taking the Lead webinar series. Join us on 1 December for our final webinar with former Dutch Prime Minister Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, who will be talking about partnerships to accelerate action on climate adaptation and a just transition. This event is open to all SBC partners, friends of members and Pānui subscribers 

How to be a sustainability leader

Catapult's Andrea Thompson explores why the world needs more sustainability leaders, offers a definition of sustainability leadership, and reveals the competency model at the heart of our Sustainability Leadership Programme.

Farewell & thanks to Wayne McNee

Wayne McNee, LIC CEO, is moving on from his role at LIC and stepping down from the SBC Advisory Board. Thank you Wayne for all your valuable contributions and passion for sustainability, including this recent opinion piece on reducing emissions in agriculture.

Welcome to Alana Douglas

We are pleased to welcome Alana as our new Events Manager, bringing several years’ experience in both public and private sectors, and from large scale conferences to community-led events and workshops. Before joining SBC, Alana spent several years at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, developing events processes, working on projects and campaigns and Government announcements.

Fujitsu on inclusion

In the latest episode of our regular Thriving People Thriving Voices series, Megan Gallagher spoke with Sarah Retter, Acting Country Manager, Fujitsu, and Edwina Mistry, Founder, Create Ops, about Fujitsu's new Māori and Pacific People's Inclusion Plan, its creation, and the partnerships at its heart.

L'Oreal supports neuroscience     

Otago-based neuroscientist Dr Olivia Harrison has been awarded the 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship to further her research into understanding anxiety, and how the way we perceive mental health can in turn influence our response. 

Climate Focus: Stories wanted

If your organisation is taking action to reduce energy emissions, EECA would love to know. Share your climate response by emailing EECA with an image and brief description, or upload an image straight to the EECA website

Awareness not matched by action

Stuff's latest NowNext survey of more than 10,000 Kiwis uncovered that while we are aware immediate changes are necessary to reduce climate change, many aren't taking the required action to meet that change.

Native forests good for carbon

New research by Tane’s Tree Trust scientists proves the value of native reforestation to carbon sequestration. While most previous research has focused on radiata pine, the research found the difference between well-managed planted native forest and radiata pine was closer that had been thought. 

Join the HEAT Taskforce

The HEAT working group is a SBC member collaboration focused on industrial process heat. The group will present a collective voice in government advocacy, share knowledge to champion successful projects, collaborate on fuel switching and explore innovation. Contact Megan Gallagher by 7 December to access the full proposal for phase 2.

Climate Disclosures submission

A group of SBC/CLC members supported a submission to the XRB on the Climate-Related Disclosures Governance and Risk Management Consultation document, with broad agreement across members for the sensible nature and sound approach of the document. 

WHO on climate change and health

WBCSD has prepared a summary for business of the World Health Organization's COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health that highlights opportunities for private sector action. 

Reporting corner

Lyttelton Port Company’s Leading the Way strategy is moving to an integrated reporting model. And Sanford has released “Horizons”, their Integrated Report for FY21.

SBC events

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


Taking the Lead series: Partnerships post COP26 with Professor Jan Peter Balkenende 
 Online | Wednesday 1 December, 9 – 9:30am (NZT)
COP26 has highlighted just how crucial cross sectoral partnerships are to bending the emissions curve. Join Professor Jan Peter Balkenende (Prime Minister of the Netherlands 2002-10; Chair of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition) to explore what Aotearoa can learn from the Netherlands about developing successful partnerships between the private sector, civil society and government, including to ensure a just transition. With thanks to the Netherlands Embassy for their support of this webinar.  

Register now


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | 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


The Aotearoa Circle Web Series | National Food Roadmap Update
Online | Wednesday 1 December, 12pm (NZT)
The Aotearoa Circle's Izzy Fenwick and DNA Design's Daniel Talbot will present an update on the National Food Roadmap, also known as The Mana Kai Initiative. Register now


Net Zero New Zealand: The Emissions Workshop
Wellington and online | 2 December 
Get practical emissions reduction advice from the organisations actually doing it. The event features international experts and local leaders from across New Zealand, including the retail, logistics, councils, food and beverage, iwi, government, finance and energy sectors. More information

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. 

25 November 2021

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