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Sustainability Leadership Programme

"One of the things the Sustainability Leadership Programme taught was, start somewhere… [action] will then accelerate, and people will join because they will see that there is value.” 

Wise words from 2020 SLP Alumni, Ferran de Miguel Mercader of Fletcher Building, in his case study here. Delivered in partnership with Catapult, we’ve extended the early bird rate to Friday for all organisations that have previously participated in our flagship leadership programme. Applications close end of March. More at

CCC consultation changes

A huge thank you to all who joined our workshop on Monday 1 March to discuss SBC and CLC's joint draft report. We appreciate your opinions and knowledge shared, and we will send out the recorded workshop early next week.

Our first draft will be circulated to members by 9 March for feedback by 12 March.

Profile: Nic Blanchard

Nic Blanchard has joined the SBC team as Advisor, Communications and Social Media. She returned to Wellington after some time abroad to support SBC and its members during a dynamic, exciting time for NZ's future. She previously worked in comms and media roles with TIA and the University of Otago.

DB Breweries say goodbye to coal

DB's Timaru brewery has transitioned from coal to biomass, with the goal to be 100% biomass-generated by October 2021. Switching away from coal will decrease DB's total carbon footprint by 28% - a significant step in the right direction.

Case study on sustainable cartons

Thinkstep-anz's latest case study finds cartons have the lowest carbon footprint of eight other available sustainable packaging options. This study investigates the entire life cycle of the packaging, plus the packaging required for products to reach consumers.

New member profile: TIA

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is an independent organisation representing all sectors of NZ's tourism industry. They embarked on their sustainability journey in 2017 with the Tourism Sustainability Commitment.


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and nine other organisations have been invited to join forces with the UK presidency to organize a dedicated 'Built Environment and Cities Day’ at COP26 in November this year. 

SBC events

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


[New date] Leading the Charge: The CFO Climate & Sustainability 2021 Programme
Auckland | Monday 15 March
The CFO and Sustainability training programme is open to Pānui subscribers. Developed in partnership with Deloitte, this short course empowers CFOs to take the lead in managing climate change risk. It builds on our 2020 pilot programme developed specifically at the request of CFOs and shaped by their insights.
Register and more information 

Other sustainability events


Start Your Carbon Zero Business Journey
Webinar | 10 March | 10.30am – 11.30am
Join The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce in February to start your carbon journey. This practical webinar series will educate your team on carbon emissions, why and what the role of business is, where to start, and what to do. The Carbon Zero Series is made up of three consecutive sessions. You can watch live or at your own time on demand if you can't make all three.

Register and more information 


 Women Leading Business 
Wellington | 8 March | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Join Business Central in celebrating International Women's Day with the Women Leading Business event, brought to you in partnership with Antipodes. Guests will hear from two businesswomen who will share their personal journeys of professional development and how they got to where they are today, including some of the challenges they have faced along the way.


HRNZ Virtual Summit

Online | 9:00am - 1:30pm, Thursday 18 March
HRNZ's first Virtual Summit for 2021 is focused on navigating your workplace through Covid-19, bringing a range of speakers, panel sessions and workshops to help businesses build a workplace roadmap for the changes associated with the pandemic. More information and how to register.


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

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4 March 2021

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