SBN Member Pledge – the results!

By Fiona Stephenson

Earlier this year we asked our members to make a sustainability commitment. The SBN Pledge helps businesses identify areas where they can make a difference, and it reveals the key sustainability action areas. Check out our infographic with the results!

The SBN Member Pledge is an annual commitment we ask all our members to make. We want to show their contribution to making Aotearoa a great place for people and nature. The results show where our members are prioritising action.

The Pledge asked members about their overall sustainability and climate goals. It asked them to identify their key action areas, choosing from topics including transport, waste, water, energy efficiency, wellbeing, food, carbon reduction and more.

Adrian Field, is Director of Dovetail Consulting. He says: “Taking the SBN Pledge helps us to think about the commitment a small business can make to being part of positive change. The SBN Pledge helps build an ecosystem of like-minded businesses who want to be an active participant and do more than just hitch their brand to the sustainability cause.”

Here are the key findings:

93% of members who completed the survey are committed to taking meaningful action to reduce carbon emissions. For 23%, it is their ‘number one’ sustainability focus. However only 38% have a carbon reduction target, with another 28% actively developing one.

The top five areas members are focusing on to improve sustainability performance are:

  1. Moving to zero waste – 73% of members who completed the survey
  2. Wellbeing, community and health – 73%
  3. Smart transport – 65%
  4. Smart procurement – 60%
  5. Clean energy and energy efficiency – 55%

49% of members are using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reference for their sustainability work.

Of those, the Goals most members are focusing on are:

  1. Climate action – 77%
  2. Responsible consumption and production – 73%
  3. Sustainable cities and communities – 59%
  4. Decent work and economic growth – 55%
  5. Good health and wellbeing for people – 50%

The top four actions members are taking to transition to a low carbon, circular economy are:

  1. Avoiding buying products with excessive packaging – 76%
  2. Minimising or eliminating the purchase of single use items – 71%
  3. Including end of life considerations in procurement decisions – 71%
  4. Seeking out materials with recycled content where the use of non-renewable materials is unavoidable – 63%

42% of members are taking part in a tree-planting event or beach clean-up to clean up our waterways and seas.

Rebekah Swan is ESG Investment Specialist at AMP Capital. She says: “As a global investment manager, responsible investing is a major part of who we are and what we stand for. Taking the Pledge supports our commitment to integrating responsible practices across our business operations. It also aligns with our client values and desire for investments with a positive environmental and social impact.

“At the local level, we are committed to reducing waste and embedding sustainable practices into our workplace. The Pledge has helped us increase awareness and staff engagement with the goal of becoming a more sustainable business.”

SBN will be asking members to complete our Member Pledge each year. We have a range of tools and resourcesevents and advice to help with sustainability commitments. We also check in with members during the year to see how they’re getting on and if they need any help.