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The 71 finalists for this year’s Sustainable Business Awards span sectors from food and beverage to transport, construction, biotechnology and retirement.Read more
A ground-breaking report launched today in collaboration with Oxygen Consulting, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT), provides in-depth insights into the rapidly evolving roles of sustainability professionals within New Zealand organisations.
A Sustainable Business Network (SBN) report shows Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) want to fight climate change but don’t know where to begin so a new easy-to-use programme, Climate Action 20/25, is being set up to help them.
Supplementing the voices for sustainability to be at the centre of the new economy, we’re calling for investment in the circular economy. We’ve identified that investing $1.6 million now will ensure Auckland can support business, reduce environmental impact, create jobs and reduce waste.
We’ve created a series of new and updated resources covering some of the key sustainability topics to help your business survive and thrive. Taking these steps will help assist the New Zealand economy, as a whole, to shift onto a more resilient path.
The tide is turning, with the Covid Curve well and truly flattened in NZ. There are many uncertainties around the shape of the post-virus economy, but now’s the time to act to ensure it takes the form we want. To get the ball rolling, SBN hosted an online CEO Forum on 17 April to get some tips from the top.
The Sustainable Business Network has written to the Prime Minister and ministers, on behalf of our network, to ask that sustainability is put at the centre of every investment decision in the post-pandemic economy. Read the letter in full here.
It should be no surprise that sustainable business is also good business financially. Companies with a strong sustainability track record are typically well-managed. They gain advantages from a good reputation, a strong brand and loyal customers, motivated staff and no environmental liabilities.
Rewind to January, and the Sustainable Business Network was brimming with optimism. We felt NZ collectively had 2020 vision on how to transition to a just, low carbon and circular economy. We could see a clear path to restoring nature and practising kinder, more generous ways of being. Then in the blink of an eye, Covid-19 threw this thinking and commitment into the air.
With New Zealand forced to close up shop in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve carried out an initial assessment of the associated drop in carbon emissions. It suggests that the reduction is on par with what we’ll need to do on a permanent basis to meet our commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Many people and businesses will be feeling anxious about the future during these uncertain times created by the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s a natural response and, while it may feel paralysing at times, we can rely on community spirit to get us through the coming months, says Niki Harré, Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland and author of the Infinite Game.
We certainly are living in interesting times. But these times will pass. And when we rebuild we’ll be able to create a better, more sustainable set of solutions and a system that enables regeneration to make our communities and planet healthier.
The news of Jeanette Fitzsimons’s sudden death has rocked many of us. She was one of my heroes and our paths had crossed many times. She was a friend of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), a judge at our annual awards a number of times, a presenter, and a longtime supporter of the work we and many of our members are undertaking.