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Reconnecting for 2022 

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday to Reconnect for 2022. The SBC member event was a great opportunity to reflect on some of the recent shared challenges while looking forward to the opportunities ahead. 

Fleet first: NZPost on the role of EVs 

A great sustainability story from NZPost, explaining how its commitment to shifting to an all-EV fleet is propelling its sustainability strategy forward. Group Sustainability Manager Dawn Baggaley says it's the key to future-proofing and building a resilient business, with 95% of NZPost's emissions coming from fuel burn.

Designing our future: people-first climate action

How can we ensure a transition to net zero that doesn’t exacerbate existing inequality? Check out the new video from SBC's Rob and Megan where they discuss key areas of change in the move to net zero, and how businesses can futureproof their structures and workplaces to create the people-first, just transition that we all want.

Westpac: Saving money and saving the planet

In the lead-up to the Climate Change and Business Conference, we're looking at businesses who are leading out on climate action. Check out this case study from Westpac, exploring how saving the planet can also mean saving money through Sustainability-Linked Loans. Register to join Westpac at the Conference, held in Auckland on 19 - 20 September. 

Sustainability: a powerful move

Kiwi businesses that don't know the level of their greenhouse gas emissions should start now to attract and retain customers and staff, explains ASB in this NZ Herald article.

Environmental Choice turns 30 

Environmental Choice New Zealand is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month and would love to know what you think about ecolabelling, environmental sustainability and the future of the ecolabel. Fill out their short survey here. 

New member: emhTrade 

Founded in 2012, emhTrade aims to accelerate Aotearoa towards a low emissions economy by establishing New Zealand’s first marketplace for renewables. The marketplace allows sustainable businesses to directly purchase 100% green electricity from renewable projects, such as a local solar farm.    

MfE consultations open 

The Government is consulting on proposals to change regulations for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Consultation closes 28 May. Have your say and read the consultation documents here. Consultation is also open on changes to recycling until 8 May, find out more here.

Upskill with the Sustainable Leadership Programme  

Don't miss your chance to apply for our Sustainability Leadership Programme, created and delivered in partnership with Catapult NZ. You will expand your leadership capabilities and confidence to achieve your goals with the SLP community. Registrations close 31 March

Have your say: NZ Climate-related Disclosures  

XRB is seeking feedback on the proposed Strategy and Metrics and Targets sections in its consultation document on the Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1: Climate-related Disclosures. Feedback will inform the development of those sections as XRB creates the broader climate-related disclosures framework. Find out more on their website. Closes 13 May.

Job opportunities 

Christchurch International Airport: Sustainability Advisor, Christchurch.

Auckland Council - Conservation Advisor, Auckland.

Genesis - Environmental Advisor, Waikato.

SBC events

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


Sustainability Leadership Programme

Online | Applications close 31 March 
Looking to turbo-charge your sustainability skills? There is still time to apply for the Sustainability Leadership Programme, created and delivered in partnership with Catapult. This course will give you skills and techniques to expand your leadership capabilities and create a strategy to achieve your goals. More information here.


New date: Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | 19 - 20 September 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


BusinessNZ and the New Zealand Initiative: Social Insurance webinar 
Online | Tuesday 22 March, 2-3pm

Join this webinar with Kirk Hope (Chief Executive, BusinessNZ) and Oliver Hartwich (Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative) to discuss the Government’s proposed unemployment insurance. Register here.


XRB Deep Dive series: Climate-related Disclosures 
Online | 28 March - 1 April

Join XRB's Deep Dive webinar series on climate-related disclosures, covering strategy, metrics and targets. Register for one or all webinars here.


EDP's: leading change in the building industry

Online | 31 March, 3pm

Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, joins thinkstep-anz CEO Barbara Nebel to explain how Environmental Product Declarations work and how best to use them. Register here.


New date: Strategy for sustainability and impact: 

Proxima training course 
Auckland | 18 & 19 May

This event has been postponed, with a new date of 18 & 19 May. 
A practical 2-day intensive training course sharing a clear method and insights from the field to develop and apply sustainability and impact strategies, drawing from the Future-Fit Business Benchmark and designed to align with the SDG Impact reporting and the updated GRI Standards.Register for the new date here.

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. 

17 March 2022

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