Advisory Service

The SBN Advisory offers New Zealand businesses access to expert sustainable business coaching.

The service is designed to help businesses understand sustainability and how it relates to them. It helps them evaluate, and define their sustainability goals and build strategy to achieve this.

We can help you answer some of the following questions:

  • Our business is doing a number of things around sustainability, but we don’t really know what’s next, how to prioritise or what our strategy is. Can you help?
  • We are ready to take action and build sustainable practices into our business, but we don’t know where to start. Can you help? 
  • We have an idea of what we want to do but we are not specialists. Can you help? 
  • We are having trouble articulating to the decision makers in our business the importance of making sustainability a priority. Can you help?
  • We recognise that we must take responsibility for improving sustainability in our business, but we don’t have that capacity or resource. Can you help?
Our approach

The SBN Advisory offers one on one, bespoke, sustainability advice to the business community.

We recognise that for many it is hard to know where to start when looking to build a culture of sustainability in their business or even to articulate the importance of this to their decision makers. Others are someway on their journey but need support to accelerate their progress along the sustainability maturity curve.

Every business can build a sustainability strategy and implement sustainable practices to improve outcomes and create a path to better, it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Building a culture of sustainability will empower and inspire your staff, improve the longevity of your business and help make your product or service more appealing to your customers. Best of all you will be contributing to making Aotearoa and the planet a better place to live now and in the future.


We have worked with a wide range of New Zealand businesses including Icebreaker, New Zealand King Salmon and Alsco.


Meredith Dawson-Lawry, Global Sustainability, Quality & Compliance Manager from Icebreaker, said:

“In creating our first Transparency report, we chose to partner with the Sustainable Business Network. Their input on the format, content, data crunching and copy writing of the report was invaluable. Their data analysis was particularly impactful, as they were able to take our raw data and translate it into meaningful insights. The team at SBN were fantastic to work with and we look forward to collaborating on future projects.”  

NZ King Salmon

Jemma McCowan, General Manager of Marketing at New Zealand King Salmon, said:

“We’ve been using SBN’s Advisory service since December 2016 to explore a deeper approach to our sustainability strategy across the business. We’ve enjoyed the SBN approach which marries a skilled advisory service with a real consideration for our company’s needs and context – whilst still asking the tough questions, and challenging the status quo. We’re looking forward to completing the project and launching into the next stage of our journey – and I’m sure SBN will be right beside us in future projects.”


Gavin Smith, Business and Product Development Manager at Alsco, said:

We were already doing some good work, but needed some independent and expert advice to help us identify ways to further develop our sustainability strategy. The workshop with the SBN team really helped us with that, and how we can embed sustainability into the business and deliver more value.”


John P Nairn, Strategic Procurement Manager at Vitaco said:

“We/Vitaco Health wanted to incorporate sustainability into the company’s ‘six pillar’ strategy (the Planet Pillar). SBN Advisory provided us with a framework for doing that. With the strong connection formed through a series of interviews and a workshop, they engaged with our leadership team and the wider Vitaco business to help us identify the sustainability issues and themes that matter most to Vitaco and agree which ones are truly the most important and that we can make a real difference to. This has really helped us to focus our strategy on the most appropriate areas.”

Contact Us

We’re here to help your business succeed over the long-term and take its place as part of a truly sustainable NZ. We offer a 20% discount for our SBN members.

For further information or to organise an introductory meeting please contact Phil at [email protected], 021 835 146, or James at [email protected], 021 686 155.

For a printable version of our Advisory services please take a look at our Advisory Services Summary.