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10% of Stuff gifted to staff

Sinead Boucher has taken valuing her staff's contribution to a new level - the Stuff owner has gifted 10% of Stuff to its staff. It means staff would receive a share of any dividends Stuff pays out, and 10% of the sale proceeds if Stuff was later sold or listed. Kā pai Sinead for this bold move.

Vector's smart EV trial results

Vector has released results halfway through their 200 person, Auckland-based smart EV charging trial (see p17), showing that smart charging and intelligent load management can enable EV uptake, with 90% of owners charging at home.

Protecting Papakura Stream 

Mondelēz New Zealand and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand have partnered to announce a multi-year project aimed at restoring and protecting the Papakura Stream in South Auckland. They've already started planting their goal of 12,500 trees and installing nearly 400 metres of Future Posts fencing, which is made from recycled soft plastics.

Sustainable aviation fuel

Last week we included a Stuff article about sustainable aviation fuel, and on the back of that here's a great blog post from Air New Zealand's Head of Sustainability Meagan Schloeffel on why it's the future of air travel.

SBC members win big at PRINZ Awards

Congratulations are in order for SBC and CLC members who were at the annual PRINZ Awards 2021. Wright Communications took home the 'BusinessDesk PR Consultancy of the Year' award for the second year in a row, and the winners and finalists list reads like a 'who's who' of innovative companies: Fonterra, Countdown, Mondelēz New Zealand, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, The Warehouse Group, Vodafone New Zealand, Contact Energy, Westpac New Zealand, Watercare Services Ltd, Auckland Transport, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, ASB Bank, Anthem and Chapman Tripp. 

Diverse workplaces 

To understand the role and experiences of women working in engineering and manufacturing and the benefits of diverse workplaces, thinkstep-anz talked to some of the best sources they have: their own female engineers.

Choosing the ‘why’ in sustainability performance measurement

A great post from Aurecon on achieving true sustainability leadership by avoiding a checklist mentality. "Achieving effective sustainability performance management requires a desire to leave a legacy for future projects. Focusing on the ‘why’ of sustainability is one way to keep the big picture in mind."

Job opportunities 

Tourism Industry Aotearoa - Sustainability Advocate, Wellington.
Lyttelton Port Company - Environmental Business Partner, Christchurch.

SBC events

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


Moving Beyond Diversity workshops

Spark HQ, Auckland | 15 July, 28 August, 9am - 1pm

SBC will be holding a series of in-person, three half-day wānanga to start the conversation about creating inclusive, safe workplaces in which people feel they belong. Find out more and join us.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC and Climate Leaders Coalition are pleased to be partnering with the Environmental Defence Society to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year. Invites have been sent, with early bird registration opening 14 June. For more information, check out their website

SBC member events

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


Auckland Climate Festival 2021 - Emerging Plans Virtual Hui

Online | 9 June 2021, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Auckland Climate Festival 2021 (ACF21) will be held from 12 to 31 October, a platform to share knowledge and resources in the just transition to the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change. ACF21 organisers Six Generations invite SBC members to be involved and join the Virtual Hui. Register here.


Counting carbon: Countdown’s carbon reduction plan

Online | 10 June 2021, 3pm

Discover how SBC members Countdown and thinkstep-anz joined forces to get started with measuring emissions, engaging stakeholders and creating a roadmap for carbon reduction in thinkstep-anz's upcoming webinar. Register here.


IAG Climate Change Adaptation Event: The Policy Response 
Park Hyatt Auckland | 4pm - 7pm, Thursday 10 June
Come along to IAG's second event in the Climate Change Adaptation series, to hear from Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, along with Climate Change Commission and Ministry for the Environment representatives, about how the Government’s response will affect Kiwi businesses. Register here.


HR Virtual Summit: Breakthroughs | Diversity and Inclusion

Online & Auckland | 23 June 2021, 9am - 1pm

Join the HR Virtual Summit to explore the breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion happening within New Zealand organisations, with insights into the latest trends, best practice, and the sharing of personal stories of strength and success. Register here.

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

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3 June 2021

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