Leadership in Sustainability

Supporting members to be ambitious on sustainability and encouraging other businesses to go further.

Pushing the ceiling

SBC inspires businesses to push the ceiling of sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand by creating a community of positive change, supporting members to go further, and celebrating their leadership and success. We are a catalyst for change, supporting members to align strategy with shared value creation for society. Our members lift the level of ambition for sustainable business practice in New Zealand and inspire more businesses to take action.

As New Zealand’s partner to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we showcase member leadership on sustainability on the international stage, as well as highlight global trends and best practice for our members to learn from.

Raising the floor

In an effort to raise the floor of sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand, SBC empowers members to embed sustainability fundamentals within their organisations and accelerate their sustainability journey and maturity. Part of this is ensuring we support members to meet our member requirements through guides, resources, training, peer-to-peer learning and more.

By connecting with members at various stages on their sustainability journey, SBC has the fortunate position of being able to see the evolution of progress from sustainability strategy and materiality through to implementation and reporting. In partnership with members who are further along on their sustainability journey, we offer members who are earlier on in their journey the fundamentals of sustainability in place and accelerate their journey by learning from the insights of others.

Upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an integral part of being a New Zealand business. We recognise we have much to learn from Māori knowledge, mātauranga, and a holistic approach to the guardianship of people and nature. We also have the opportunity to work in partnership with Māori and iwi business.

Work programme

Training and development

Raising the floor of sustainability through training, development, and knowledge sharing opportunities

Communities of practice

Bringing members together to tackle shared challenges, such as sustainability during a recession

Research and insights

Working with members to deliver key pieces of annual sustainability research and insights

WBCSD representation

Representing members on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Learn more here.

Member performance

Setting member commitments and monitoring member sustainability performance and reporting.

CLC Mentoring Programme

Peer-to-peer mentoring programme to help CLC signatories advance their climate action.

Sustainability Toolkit

SBC supports members in meeting our requirements through case studies, templates, guides and more – this includes resources we’ve created, as well as resources created by other members that they’re willing to share. Do you have templates and tools that could support other members? Share them with [email protected].

SBC Guide: Adapting to climate change (including disclosures)

SBC Guide: Adapting to climate change (including disclosures)

Climate change poses operational and financial risks. For example, extreme weather events like floods may disrupt ...
Future-Fit Business Benchmark

Future-Fit Business Benchmark

Systems science tells us how our economy must be transformed if we are to meet everyone's needs and live in ...
SBC Guide – Sustainability strategy and plans

SBC Guide – Sustainability strategy and plans

Businesses need a strategy to be successful – and the same goes for sustainability efforts. Having a ...
SBC Guide – The business case for sustainability

SBC Guide – The business case for sustainability

Sustainable businesses create value in the short and long term – economically, environmentally and socially. So ...
Offsetting (Z Energy)

Offsetting (Z Energy)

Z Energy have shared a decision paper they utilised for establishing a business position on voluntary offsetting. ...
Sustainable Procurement (WBCSD)

Sustainable Procurement (WBCSD)

WBCSD has developed a report on ‘Incentivising supply chain decarbonisation using procurement criteria’ and a ...

Our partners

SBC works in partnership with a number of likeminded organisations to shift the dial on sustainability.

Jay Crangle champions businesses to be at the forefront of environmental and social sustainability by bringing them together to deliver results that no single company could achieve alone.

[email protected]

Jay Crangle

Head of ESG

Pages and resources

The business case for sustainability: Q&A with SLR’s Emma Elbaum

The business case for sustainability: Q&A with SLR’s Emma Elbaum

SBC is delivering a series of guides on the fundamentals of sustainability, covering topics ranging from ...
Research and insights

Research and insights

Research and InsightsSBC collaborates with a handful of members to deliver key pieces of annual researchBetter ...
Training, development and knowledge sharing

Training, development and knowledge sharing

Training, development and knowledge sharingAs part of our work to 'raise the floor' of sustainability, members ...
Community of Practice: Sustainability during a recession

Community of Practice: Sustainability during a recession

Community of Practice: Sustainability during a recessionThis community focuses on how sustainability professionals ...
2024 Better Futures: 3 opportunities for business to harness 

2024 Better Futures: 3 opportunities for business to harness 

Jay Crangle, Head of ESG  On 22 March, Kantar and SBC launched the 15th edition of the Better Futures ...
Better Futures 2024 Report

Better Futures 2024 Report

The Better Futures 2024 report – now in its 15th year – which surveyed 1,000 New Zealanders, found perceived ...
Sustainability Leadership Programme: Thoughts from Nicole Schlichting

Sustainability Leadership Programme: Thoughts from Nicole Schlichting

Nicole Schlichting, Senior Communications Advisor at SBC, participated in the 2023 Sustainability Leadership ...
SBC partners with MoT to deliver feasibility study focused on decarbonising heavy freight  

SBC partners with MoT to deliver feasibility study focused on decarbonising heavy freight  

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) has partnered with Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport (MoT) to deliver a ...
Lack of capability training remains a significant barrier for sustainability professionals

Lack of capability training remains a significant barrier for sustainability professionals

New research into New Zealand’s sustainability profession has found most sustainability professionals are ...
Better Futures 2023 Report

Better Futures 2023 Report

Kantar’s 2023 Better Futures Report, produced in conjunction with the Sustainable Business Council, surveyed 1,000 ...