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ecostore reduce their plastic footprint with new product

ecostore has launched a new cleaning refill concentrate in glass bottles, encouraging customers to swap their current ecostore products to plastic-free refills and help reduce New Zealand’s plastic footprint. The move will save 6.45 tonnes of plastic waste a year, and minimise emissions from the transport of their previously single-use containers.

Carbon neutral post in Aotearoa

Sending letters and parcels in Aotearoa? With NZ Post, that now has a neutral carbon impact. NZ Post will calculate exactly how much carbon is emitted on the journey of all of its mail and parcels sent person to person, take actions to reduce emissions, and offset the rest through the purchase of carbon credits. 

Sustainable aviation fuel

The journey to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is the topic of this Spinoff article, with Air New Zealand and Z Energy's sustainability staff discussing their companies' separate and joint work on advancing the shift with a SAF consortium. 

NZ's energy futures with BEC

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), EECA and PSI have launched the New Zealand Energy Scenarios TIMES-NZ 2.0 to help leaders in government, business and academia make better informed decisions in a world where uncertainty is growing. TIMES-NZ 2.0 explores possible energy futures for our country based on two contrasted scenarios.

IAG supporting social development

IAG-backed insurer AMI has launched a three-year sponsorship with community housing provider Habitat for Humanity New Zealand, aiming to make a difference for thousands of Kiwis living in substandard housing. 

Spots left for Wellington workshop

Nearly 70 attendees from over 40 companies were represented at the EY/SBC Sustainability Fundamentals Workshop in Auckland this week. We explored everything from the price of carbon, to how businesses can meaningfully engage in their communities. There are still a few spots at Wellington's workshop on Tuesday - see the Events list below.

Job opportunities 

Tourism Industry Aotearoa - Sustainability Advocate, Wellington.
Fisher & Paykel - Sustainability Business Partner, Auckland.
Waka Kotahi NZTA - Team Lead Environmental Planning, Waikato/BOP.

SBC events

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


Sustainability Fundamentals 101

Tuesday 1 June, Wellington

 9am - 4:30pm

SBC and EY have partnered to develop a free, one-day course that provides you with the foundational knowledge needed to confidently engage with environmental and social sustainability issues. Join us here.


Moving Beyond Diversity workshops

Spark HQ, Auckland | 3 June, 15 July, 28 August, 9am - 1pm

SBC will be holding a series of in-person, three half-day wānanga to start the conversation about creating inclusive, safe workplaces in which people feel they belong. Find out more and join us.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

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

SBC and Climate Leaders Coalition are pleased to be partnering with the Environmental Defence Society to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year. Invites have been sent, with early bird registration opening 7 June. For more information, check out their website

SBC member events

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


BEC Lunchtime Seminar: Certifying Renewable Energy

Online & Wellington | Thursday 3 June 2021, 12pm - 1:30pm

BusinessNZ Energy Council and the National Energy Research Institute are holding a seminar on certifying the renewability of traded energy with presentations from Tim Middlehurst, CE of Certified Energy, and Brian Cox, EO at Bioenergy Association of NZ. Register here.


Auckland Climate Festival 2021 - Emerging Plans Virtual Hui

Online | 9 June 2021, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Auckland Climate Festival 2021 (ACF21) will be held from 12 to 31 October, a platform to share knowledge and resources in the just transition to the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change. ACF21 organisers Six Generations invite SBC members to be involved and join the Virtual Hui. Register here.


Counting carbon: Countdown’s carbon reduction plan

Online | 10 June 2021, 3pm

Discover how SBC members Countdown and thinkstep-anz joined forces to get started with measuring emissions, engaging stakeholders and creating a roadmap for carbon reduction in thinkstep's upcoming webinar. Register here.


HR Virtual Summit: Breakthroughs | Diversity and Inclusion

Online & Auckland | 23 June 2021, 9am - 1pm

Join the HR Virtual Summit to explore the breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion happening within New Zealand organisations, with insights into the latest trends, best practice, and the sharing of personal stories of strength and success. Register here.


IAG Climate Change Adaptation Event: The Policy Response 
Park Hyatt Auckland | 4pm - 7pm, Thursday 10 June
Come along to IAG's second event in the Climate Change Adaptation series, to hear from Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, along with Climate Change Commission and Ministry for the Environment representatives, about how the Government’s response will affect Kiwi businesses. Register here.

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

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27 May 2021

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