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Better Futures 2022 launched

Kantar and SBC have released the Better Futures 2022 report. The findings reveal Kiwis are increasingly worried about their economic and social wellbeing off the back of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But despite the challenging context, personal commitment to living sustainability continues to track upwards, and concern about the impact of climate change has bounced back.

Key takeaways for businesses from Better Futures 2022

Nikki Wright of Wright Communications reflects on the Better Futures findings, and the opportunities posed for NZ businesses as more Kiwis commit to sustainability, in her latest blog.

Helping Aotearoa's biodiversity take off

Air New Zealand and Trees That Count have joined forces to support native tree-planting projects across Aotearoa, through the airline’s FlyNeutral programme. 75% of funds raised through FlyNeutral will plant native trees to regenerate the land in New Zealand. 

Sustainable packaging for NZ exporters 

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – Te Taurapa Tūhono has released new resources on sustainable packaging for New Zealand exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.

New tool to measure soil mineralisable nitrogen

Ravensdown has partnered with Plant & Food Research to create two new tools to help farmers reduce nitrogen losses, save on fertiliser costs, and maintain productivity. 

EECA report: what impacts Kiwis' attitudes to climate change?

How do things like age, gender, where we live, what we earn and our cultural references impact on how we think about climate change? EECA's latest research insights, gathered with research partner TRA from more than 9,000 New Zealanders over the last three years, explore these factors. Check out their key findings here.  

NZ's first climate solutions directory 

A new Climate Solutions Directory has been produced by The Lever Room, shining a light on the growing number of organisations helping New Zealand's transition to zero carbon. Ka pai to the SBC and CLC members included. 

SBC's Thriving People work plan for 2022 

Check out the new video from our Thriving People team here at SBC, sharing how the work plan for the incoming year will help support our members to put people and equity at the heart of their net zero transition planning for a sustainable and thriving 2050.

Last week to register for 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

Join SBC's Comms team

With our Communications Adviser Nic Blanchard moving to Dunedin, we are now looking for a Digital Communications and Marketing Adviser to join the SBC team in Wellington. Check out the job ad here, and contact for more information. Applications close 14 April.

Job opportunities 

Ministry for the Environment: Senior Policy Analyst - Climate Change, Flexible.

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


Webinar series: Proposal on transforming recycling

Online | Starting Tuesday 29 March, 12pm - 1pm

The Ministry for the Environment is running a series of informational webinars to accompany its consultation on recycling in New Zealand. More information and how to register here


International Speaker Series: Adaptation and resilience 

to climate change 
Online | Wednesday 27 April, 7-8pm

The Climate Change Commission welcomes global climate expert Professor Sam Fankhauser for the first international speaker series of 2022 to discuss adaptation and resilience to climate change. Professor Sam Fankhauser will share how the UK has approached adaptation to date, and what's important for us to learn here in Aotearoa as we turn our focus more towards adaptation. Register to attend here


Open Zoom: Climate Change Commission annual advice on ETS settings  
Online | Monday 4 April, 12pm - 1pm

Part of the Climate Change Commission’s work this year includes delivering advice to Government on unit limits and price control settings for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). An effective NZ ETS will be a key part of helping Aotearoa transition to a low emissions economy. Join the Commission’s Principal Analysts for an overview of the ETS and the role their advice will play in making it as effective as possible. Register here 


Launch: Circular Economy Directory
Online | Monday 12 April, 12:30pm

Join the Sustainable Business Network for the launch of its Circular Economy Directory, which will connect businesses seeking circular solutions to businesses that can help design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate nature. Register here 


Discover B4SI: Maximising Social Impact (APAC)  

Online | Tuesday 3 May, 2pm - 3pm 

Join Corporate Citizenship for this non-practitioner webinar introducing the B4SI Framework. This will enable you to measure the impact of your activities in society using the B4SI Framework, a defacto industry-leading standard which is used by over 200 of the biggest companies around the world. Register 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. 

24 March 2022

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