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NAP: Draft Plan out now

The Government has released its draft National Adaptation Plan for consultation, outlining how the top priority risks facing New Zealand will be addressed over the next six years. This is a significant step in raising awareness of climate change adaptation and building our resilience to the impacts of climate change

Nespresso announces B-Corp certification

This week officially marks the beginning of Nespresso’s journey as a certified B Corporation. Nespresso is humbled and thrilled to be joining a global movement of like-minded corporations that are using business as a force for good. Read more here.

SBC members secure GIDI funding

Congratulations to DB Breweries, ANZCO Foods and Ravensdown who were successful in securing Round Three funding from the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) fund. Enhancing and expanding support for process heat conversions was one of the top recommendations we made with CLC in our joint response to the Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document.

New Zealand’s first Hydrogen car-share scheme

Toyota is leading the first commercial application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in New Zealand in a partnership with eight businesses sharing a fleet of four hydrogen-powered cars to run off green hydrogen. Spark, Beca, Air New Zealand, Westpac, Z Energy and The Warehouse Group are taking part in the trial

World class sustainability achievement for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport have recorded a new milestone in their sustainability work, going beyond carbon neutral, to become climate positive. Since 2006 Christchurch Airport has cut its onsite operational emissions by 90% and are building a solar array capable of powering 30,000 homes. 

Unilever New Zealand appoints new Managing Director

Cameron Heath has been appointed Managing Director at Unilever New Zealand, taking over from predecessor Nick Bangs. Cam joins the Unilever New Zealand team after seven years with the global consumer goods company, most recently as General Manager Baltics based in Latvia.

CarbonClick on investing in our planet

In celebration of Earth Day, CarbonClick reflects on this year’s theme of Investing In Our Planet, exploring ways businesses and individuals can reduce their carbon footprints and make a positive impact on our planet. 

Lifting the Living Standards of Employees  

SBC has completed its three-part series ‘Lifting the Living Standards of Employees’ with the launch of new guidance on implementing leading parental leave policy. The first parts of the series looked at implementing a living wage and improving pay parity within business. Find the toolkits and supplementary video content here.

Sustainability Leadership Programme 2022

Thank you to all those that applied for the Sustainable Leadership Programme - more than 50 people across a variety of sectors have been accepted into the 2022 programme, reflecting the high calibre of this year’s applicants. Alongside Catapult, we look forward to helping participants grow as leaders and achieve their sustainability goals.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

This week we profile ARCubed, a team participating in the 2022 Climate Response Accelerator. Developing cutting edge technological solutions to transform current waste management and resource recovery practices, their first product, OneBin uses the latest artificial intelligence technology to identify and separate recyclables from waste.

Job opportunities 

Counties Energy Ltd: Environmental and Sustainability Advisor, Auckland

Fonterra: Environmental Advisor, Southland
Ngāi Tahu: Senior Environmental Planner, Christchurch
Ravensdown: Senior Farm Environmental Consultant, Christchurch
Transpower: Environmental Advisor, Hamilton, Wellington

SBC events

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


 New: Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals – launch of 2022 findings   

Online | Thursday 12 May, 12.001.00pm (NZT)
Oxygen Consulting, together with the Sustainable Business Council, Sustainable Business Network and AUT, are launching the results of the third year of research into the role of the sustainability professional in New Zealand. 

Join us to find out if organisations are meeting the growing demand for sustainability, what challenges lie ahead, and what we can do to address these challenges and continue to grow the sustainability profession. 

Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals is the only research of its kind in New Zealand. It reveals findings into the role of the sustainability professional, including the capabilities and competencies required, remuneration, job opportunities, and overall wellbeing. 

This online event will include a panel Q&A.


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


Discover B4SI: Maximising Social Impact (APAC)  

Online | Tuesday 3 May, 2pm - 3pm (NZT) 

Join Corporate Citizenship for this 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.


New: Becoming Cradle to Cradle Certified with Eagle Lighting

Online | Wednesday 4 May, 1.00pm (NZT)

Are you on a pathway towards a circular economy? Do your stakeholders want proof that your products comply with a circular economy? Want to know more about Cradle to Cradle Certification?  
 Join Nicole Sullivan, thinkstep-anz’s Head of Strategy & Impact Australia, who will talk to Eagle Lighting’s Engineering Manager Mark Antonello and Lighting Solutions Manager Ian Johnson about the process, what they have learned and how the company is benefitting from the certificate. 

Register here.


New: Targets & Actions for Meaningful Climate Action 

Online | Thursday 12 May, 12.001.00pm (NZT)

The third latest release from the IPCC’s sixth assessment of the published evidence, titled Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of climate change, focuses on greenhouse gas emissions cuts – what has happened to date and what is necessary. Join Toitū Envirocare's upcoming webinar as they go over the current state of global climate pledges, what meaningful target setting looks like and how organisations can follow through with credible action.
Register here


Strategy for sustainability and impact: Proxima training course

Auckland CBD, 18 & 19 May 2022

A practical 2-day intensive training course sharing a clear method and practical experience to develop and apply sustainability and impact strategies. Designed to align with the SDG Enterprise Impact Standards reporting and the updated 2021 GRI Standards, the approach draws upon the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, The Natural Step Framework and many years of practice.

.Find out more information 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. 

28 April 2022

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