31.03.20

Covid-19: how SBN can help

By Rachel Brown

As we work through these uncertain times, I wanted to let you know that SBN wants to do all we can to support your business, and to understand how you might also support each other’s businesses.


We want to make sure that we keep our collective work in sustainability continuing with the aim of being ready to run when this time is over. Right now we’re making sure that we have the best programmes in place for action on climate, water and waste and we’ll be collaborating with others who are keen to make sure this continues.

We absolutely know it’s going to be tough for many of us in the near future and we want to use the power of our network to help us all weather this storm.

Our mission is that when we emerge from the pandemic, the scene will be set for a new economic world order where sustainable businesses and social enterprises, like yours, flourish.

It’s really important to us to ensure sustainability doesn’t get forgotten – as a matter of fact, our desire is that it flourishes.

In the meantime, here’s how we can help.

Online learning – gaining those sustainability skills you need as we recover.
We’re creating a series of online events and resources, which we will make freely available so as many people as possible can learn about sustainability in business. If you have more time on your hands, now is the perfect time to upskill and prepare for better times ahead. This includes:

  • Webinars – a series of free online events on a range of aspects of sustainable business. Look out for details in our regular What’s On emails (sign up here if you don’t already receive them).
  • Resources – a new package of digital resources to help you learn about the fundamentals of sustainable business, including energy, waste, transport, procurement, wellbeing, online working and more.
  • Learning and sharing sector conversations – including regional Zoom co-labs.

B2B support to keep each other going.

We want to utilise the power and knowledge within our network to help. Many of our members offer great products or services, online tools, learning and support and we want to pool this knowledge to help others. We also have fabulous consultants and advisors who are probably more available than in the past if you need help.If you have online expertise, let us know. Conversely, if you need help, get in touch so we can connect you with fellow members.Please email [email protected]nz with your recommendations or challenges for:
  • Digital platforms for online conferencing, live streaming, meetings, and whiteboard sessions
  • Digital marketing
  • Website support

Don’t forget to support your fellow members where possible, to help good businesses grow. Check out our searchable member directory for a full list.

Success stories of business adjusting to keep providing great services.
We want to share the success stories in our network to inspire others. Good news can be reassuring when times are tough, so please share your stories with us by emailing [email protected]sustainable.org.nz so we can spread the word.

Got job vacancies? Let us know!
Should your business be fortunate enough to grow, let us know if you have any vacancies so we can promote them through our network. Email [email protected]sustainable.org.nz.

Our project work will continue over the coming months, and the team will be contacting all of you individually in the coming days to check in with you and to see how we can help. In the meantime, stay strong.