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The business of building a greener future

As New Zealand moves to turn its climate ambition into action, SBC members Stuff, Christchurch Airport, and Westpac New Zealand share why the Climate Change and Business Conference is an important opportunity for some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in climate change to come together. Don't miss out on being part of the conversation - register to join them 19-20 September in Auckland.  

Brewing a better New Zealand

Collaboration is crucial for Climate Change and Business Conference Gold Sponsor DB Breweries, who shares its aims for net zero carbon emissions in production by 2030 in the latest conference case study. “Our Brewing a Better New Zealand programme integrates sustainability into everything we do,” says Managing Director Matthew Wilson. Register to hear more from DB and other organisations leading out on climate action this September.

Green hydrogen gets energy leaders talking

A new report from the World Energy Council shows growing momentum for hydrogen-based fuels worldwide to help decarbonise parts of the economy. BusinessNZ Energy Council Executive Director Tina Schirr notes that hydrogen-based fuel usage also contributes to the security and diversity of countries’ energy portfolios, which will help them meet the Paris Agreement goals by 2040.

Coastal shipping investments to save emissions

CLC signatory MOVE Logistics Group has been selected as one of four preferred suppliers for the Government's investment in coastal shipping. Once fully operational, the new services are estimated to remove around 35 million kilometres of truck travel and associated emissions from NZ's roading network every year. 

Closer partnerships key to climate innovation

Celebrating the launch of Silver Fern Farms' Net Carbon Zero By Nature 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef at a New York City event with the Prime Minister yesterday, Chief Executive Simon Limmer says that closer partnerships between consumers and farmers hold the key to addressing collective climate and environmental challenges, by positioning farmers as climate innovators.  

Sustainability and talent go hand in hand

The challenge of hiring the right talent is equally as important to your sustainability efforts as goal setting and transparent reporting, says EY’s Global Deputy Vice Chair of Sustainability Amy Brachio. She shares two important actions that companies can take now to close the talent gap and ensure true impact.

Delve into your supply chain 

Thinkstep-anz CEO Barbara Nebel discusses how understanding, managing, and communicating the sustainability of the supply chain is critical in manufacturing, with a case study from Essity Australasia on how it is future-proofing its supply chain

New SBC Member: HW Richardson Group

HW Richardson Group (HWR) is one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned transport companies. Its operations span NZ and Australia with 48 sub companies operating in six sectors. As an industry leader committed to meaningful change in sustainability, HWR achieved Toitū carbonreduce status in early 2022 and is progressing several ambitious projects to reduce environmental harm. 

NZ International Business Awards

Entries and nominations are now open for the 2022 New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA). Celebrating the success of international businesses, this year will see the return of the Excellence in Sustainability Award to recognise organisations that embed sustainability into the fabric of their business. Entries close 17 June.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

This week we profile Taurus Concrete, an ambitious project to create a closed-loop recycled concrete and disrupt the construction and demolition industry.

Job opportunities 

Sustainable Business Council, Sustainability Lead (Climate & Environment), Auckland or Wellington

Sustainable Business Council, Digital Communications AdvisorAuckland or Wellington
Westpac, Sustainability Manager, Auckland
Silver Fern Farms, Sustainability AnalystDunedin
Fonterra, Environment Programme Lead, Auckland
Ministry for the Environment, Project Manager Climate, multiple locations

SBC events

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


Climate Risk Governance Lab Series   

Auckland Central | Four workshops from Wednesday 8 June – Tuesday 8 November  

Mandated Climate-Related Disclosures hold the Board accountable for ensuring that climate risk is adequately managed. This board-level Climate Risk Governance Lab Series is designed to both empower and enable action, by assisting non-executive directors in their understanding of climate change risk management and the specific roles and responsibilities they hold as influential business leaders. The programme consists of four in-person workshops delivered by Deloitte in partnership with Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance and the Sustainable Business Council. Register here.


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


NEW: The future of GIDI: a post-Budget briefing 

Online | Monday 30 May, 11am - 12pm

The Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) fund will be massively expanded through the recently-announced Climate Emergency Response Funding, which means EECA will substantially expand the number and type of projects that receive investment. Join the EECA team in this webinar to learn about the expanded GIDI fund and the different forms it will take including the first RFP, focused on assisting energy users to lower their emissions from process heat. Register here.


NEW: Sustainable packaging metrics in a global supply chain with Zespri  

Online | Thursday 2 June, 3pm

In this webinar, Zespri’s Sustainable Packaging Lead Lewis Patterson shares how the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit measures and uses packaging metrics within the global supply chain. thinkstep-anz’s Technical Director Jeff Vickers will discuss the most relevant international trade requirements for packaging and how to tackle them. Register here.


Go Zero Sustainability Bootcamp

3 in person sessions + 3 online sessions| Monday 30 May – Wednesday 15 June 2022  

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to get you moving on your sustainability journey. If you’re a small to medium business they’re offering a Six Session Bootcamp to equip you with all the tools you need to Go Zero. The Go Zero Sustainability Bootcamp has subject specialists presenting workshops both in person and online. For more information about our presenters and the topics covered, see the website here. The Wellington City Council has funded this programme, so 100% of registration fees will be donated to trees that count

Register here or contact Jenna Williams for more information. 


Climate Change Commission International Speaker Series: Integrating emissions pricing with other climate policies  

Online | Wednesday 15 June, 12:00 – 1:00pm (NZT) 

Next in the Commission’s international speaker series is Professor Frank Jotzo, who will explore why using emissions pricing alongside other climate policies is an important part of the journey to net zero emissions by 2050. 

Professor Jotzo will be joined by Commissioners Catherine Leining and Andy Reisinger. Register here.

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

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26 May 2022

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