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Rainbow Employee Network for Z

As the only retail fuel Rainbow Tick accredited organisation, Z Energy has launched their first official internal employee network, the Z Rainbow Network. With a focus on increasing understanding, engagement and awareness of rainbow diversity, it aims to help create more visible leaders who identify as a member of the rainbow community or ally across Z.  

Leaving coal behind: Fonterra and ANZCO

Fonterra has announced its Stirling cheese factory will move away from coal. This will make Stirling Fonterra’s first 100% renewable thermal energy site, a significant step towards the Co-op’s goal of getting out of coal all together by 2037. By switching to wood biomass, the site’s annual emissions will reduce by 18,500 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of taking more than 7,000 cars off the road.

ANZCO Foods Canterbury has announced electric boilers previously retired at its Ashburton site have now been reinstalled. The move – part of Meridian Energy’s decarbonisation programme – is the company’s first step away from coal-fired boilers at the site. Shifting back to electricity meant 2800 tonnes of coal and 5600 metric tonnes of carbon would be removed from the environment every year. The extra electricity use would be 14GWH.

Breeding more sustainable cattle

LIC is investing heavily into dairy genetics to breed cattle that burp less methane into the atmosphere, in a move that could allow the industry to keep its cows and meet emissions targets. LIC had committed $17.1 million to research and development for 2021-22, one of the largest investments in the primary sector. “We can develop genetics that allow farmers to have fewer cows, or the same number, which produce more milk and lower emissions,” says LIC board chairman Murray King.

New Centre for Sustainable Finance

The new Centre for Sustainable Finance in Aotearoa New Zealand Toitū Tahua, has been announced to implement the Sustainable Finance Forum’s 2030 roadmap for a sustainable financial system. The CSF will support further collaboration in the finance sector on aligning day-to-day financial decision-making with New Zealand’s long-term wellbeing goals. Photo, R-L: Dr Caralee McLiesh, Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury; Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment and Chief Executive of the Ministry for Environment; and Carolyn Tremain, Chief Executive of MBIE.

SLP in Wellington

This week we had the two face-to-face workshops of our Sustainability Leadership Programme in Wellington. Over 40 attendees gathered to talk systems change, collaboration and sustainability strategies. Participants were joined by Z Energy, Stuff, Transpower and ANZCO in the afternoon to hear how they’ve tackled these topics in their businesses. To place an expression of interest for our 2022 programme, please contact

Video: The competitive advantages of a neurodiverse workforce

When we talk about diversity and inclusion, usually those with diverse accessibility needs are not front of mind. SBC's Robert Perry chats with Mike Styles from Hidden Talents in the latest episode of Thriving Voices, Thriving People, to get the low down on neurodiversity and why it's a competitive advantage that brings diverse skills and thinking. Watch it here.

Job opportunities 

AIA New Zealand - Head of Sustainability and Sponsorship, North Shore, Auckland

SBC events

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


Climate Change and Business Conference 

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

SBC, CLC and EDS are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. Registration is open now.

SBC member events

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


Final webinar: New Zealand Energy Scenarios 

Online | Friday 30 July 2021, 12pm - 1pm

Join BEC and EECA in exploring the results of the New Zealand Energy Scenarios TIMES-NZ 2.0 at their final webinar, focusing on the agriculture sector and the key insights of the overall energy sector. Register here.


He taonga te wai - Water Efficiency Expo 

Online | 4 - 5 August 2021, 12pm - 1pm

The impacts of climate change and population growth on Auckland will be felt first through water. Join WaterCare at their two day expo to learn more about how we can make the most of this precious, shared resource and discover different ways to reduce the amount of water that we use. Register here.


Taking materiality to the next level

Online | Thursday 5 August, 3pm - 3:30pm

From engaging with key stakeholders to informing strategy, there are more than a dozen ways to use materiality that go beyond its general use as a reporting exercise. Discover the top five benefits of carrying out a materiality assessment in this webinar with thinkstep-anz and Sanford. Register here.


Developing a Carbon Reduction Programme 

Online | Thursday 12 August, 10am - 11am

Join Toitū and experts from University of Canterbury and Honoris to discuss their recommendations for building effective plans and programmes for carbon reduction. Register here.

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

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29 July 2021

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