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New CEO sees opportunity for LIC 

David Chin has stepped into his new role as CEO of LIC. He talks to Farmers Weekly about his plans for the future of dairy genetics, and how New Zealand’s declining cow population is an opportunity rather than a challenge for LIC. 

Breaking records by gifting green

Going green was a popular choice for Kiwis this holiday season, with Trees That Count, a programme of the Project Crimson Trust, seeing a record-breaking 67,434 native trees gifted during December 2021. "We’re thrilled to see the movement of people keen to back our native forests for Christmas growing year on year," says Robyn Haugh, Project Crimson CEO.

New year, new office for Lion

Lion has opened its new head office at 136 Fanshawe Street, in a 6 Green Star building recognised by the New Zealand Green Building Council as meeting the highest available sustainability standard. The uniquely Lion space embraces sustainability while enabling easier collaboration and sociability among teams and bringing to life the company’s legacy and personality. 

Interviews: packaging innovation

Innovation in recycled product packaging in New Zealand and Australia are the subject of two interviews with SBC members this week. Check out this interview with Visy's Senior Marketing Manager Kate Allison on how Visy is addressing market demand, and this interview with 3R's Materials Innovation Manager, Natalie Martin, on how the progress of 2021 will continue

Tips for getting engaged on sustainability

More and more New Zealand businesses are expanding their teams to hire sustainability-focused staff. If you've started in one of these roles lately, congratulations! Get your brainstorming sessions started here with ten tips for engaging your team in sustainability from Toitū.

New CEO for TIA

Congratulations to Rebecca Ingram, who will begin her new role as Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa in March. Ms Ingram joins TIA from seven years at Tourism New Zealand, and says she is excited to be joining TIA at a critical time in the tourism industry’s history. 

Job opportunities 

Work with us: SBC's Head of Sustainability.

Lyttelton Port Company - Environment and Sustainability Advisor, Christchurch.

Dempsey Wood Civil Limited - Sustainability Advisor, Auckland.

WSP - Planner, Environment, Wellington.

Auckland Council - Low Carbon Specialist, Auckland.

Fonterra Co-operative Ltd - Sustainability Reporting Analyst, Auckland.

Meridian - Sustainability Lead.

SBC events

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


NEW Webinar: Building your sustainability skillset
 Online | Wednesday 9 February, 12 – 1pm (NZT)

Join HRNZ, SBC, and Catapult to explore the capabilities needed to lead on social and environmental issues within your business. Leading sustainability advocates Claire Walker (Chief People & Culture Officer, SkyCity), Jay Crangle (Manager - Leadership, Sustainable Business Council) and Andrea Thompson (Director & Co-Founder, Catapult) discuss current trends and drivers, and how to mobilise behaviour change skills to activate transformationRegister now.


Sustainability Leadership Programme taster webinar
 Online | Thursday 10 February, 10 – 11am (NZT)
Looking to turbo-charge your sustainability skills? Applications are now open to SBC and CLC members for our flagship leadership programme, created and delivered in partnership with Catapult. Join our free webinar on 10 February to hear from previous participants and find out more about whether this programme is right for you.

Register now


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | 3  –  4 March 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.

Member events


Back to Business
National Library Wellington | Wednesday 16 February, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Save the Date for the BusinessNZ annual Back to Business event. A formal invite will be sent shortly. 

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. 

20 January 2022

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