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Video: Why SkyCity's team is inspired about their diversity work

SBC's Robert Perry spoke with SkyCity's Claire Walker (Chief People & Culture Officer) and Anthony Thompson (Sustainability Manager) about diversity in their workplace, the projects they're most proud of, and the content they consume that inspires their work. Watch the full video here.

Sustainability with Rosie Mercer

An excellent interview with Rosie Mercer, who leads sustainability strategy and activity at Ports of Auckland. Rosie discusses the Port's sustainability approach, making decisions to create long-term impacts, and the need to collaborate and partner with others like SBC and CLC on your sustainability journey. 

Colmar Brunton restructured into wider Kantar business

Colmar Brunton is being formally integrated into the wider Kantar business, becoming two new organisations, Kantar and Kantar Public. Heading up the new Insights division of Kantar NZ is Sarah Bolger (formerly Head of Colmar Brunton) and David Thomas (formerly Head of Kantar), while Kantar Public will be co-led by Jocelyn Rout and Michael Dunne (both formerly Colmar Brunton Executive Directors).The Colmar Brunton name will be phased out by the end of 2021.

New member: Mitre 10

Welcome to new SBC member Mitre 10, who are on a sustainability journey with its Sustainability Charter outlining key focus areas. There are now 49 Mitre 10 stores across the country with Sustainability Champions who convene monthly to share knowledge, learnings and spearhead local education and action. 

Phasing out single-use plastics

This week the Government announced that single-use plastics such as plates, bags, cotton buds, drinking straws, fruit labels and some polystyrene products are to be phased out in three stages between late 2022 and July 2025. A new $50 million plastics innovation fund will open in November to help support projects that reimagine how we make, use and dispose of plastics. And speaking of single-use plastic, today is the first day of Plastic-Free July. Spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to take the challenge.

Ministry of Transport submission

Thank you to all SBC and CLC members who engaged with us through the consultation process of the Ministry of Transport report Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050. You can read our submission on our website

Become a Climate Change & Business Conference sponsor

Take the opportunity to be involved in New Zealand's most prestigious climate and business conference by becoming a sponsor of the 2021 Climate Change & Business Conference. Please contact for a copy of the sponsorship prospectus and to discuss opportunities. Don't forget to register for the conference here.

Join SBC: Communications Manager

Here's an awesome opportunity to join us at SBC - we are searching for a Communications Manager with 10+ years of experience to lead our small communications team and maximise strategies, events, engagement, and media. Check out the position here, and contact if it sounds like the perfect role for you. Closes 5 July. 

Job opportunities 

SBC - Communications Manager, Wellington.
Meridian - Sustainability Lead, Wellington.

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 central role of the business sector in decarbonising Aotearoa. Registration is open now.

SBC member events

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


New Zealand Energy Scenarios webinars

Online | Friday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 2021, 12pm

Each Friday in July, from 12pm-1pm, BEC and EECA will be co-hosting a series of five online webinars focusing on the sectors represented in the New Zealand Energy Scenarios. There will also be time for Q&A with the TIMES-NZ 2.0 team. Register for one or all the webinars here.


Energy efficiency and carbon reduction with NABERS NZ & Toitū

Online | Thursday 8 July, 10am

Join Toitū Envirocare and experts from Argosy Property and Panuku Development Auckland to explore NABERS-NZ, energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in commercial office buildings. Register here.


The Ying and Yang of sustainability: Value creation and risk

Online | Tuesday 13 July, 3pm

Value creation and risk are essential elements to balanced reporting — the Yin and Yang of sustainability strategy. Martin Fryer, thinkstep-anz, will share first-hand insights from his experience developing Integrated Reports and TCFD reporting, two processes which require reporting on risks and opportunities. Register here.


Decarbonising New Zealand: Supporting organisations to transition to zero carbon

Te Papa, Wellington | 13 - 14 September

The Decarbonising New Zealand conference is being held in Wellington in September, with two days of panels and workshops featuring speakers from many SBC and CLC member organisations. See the programme and register here.

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

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1 July 2021

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