Thriving People

There is an increasingly urgent need to embed social sustainability within Aotearoa New Zealand’s workplaces, communities and wider society – and business has an important role to play. 

Our vision

SBC’s vision for Thriving People involves members contributing towards a just transition and working to resolve the most material issues facing society. They are building prosperous businesses that work with communities, so no-one is left behind. 

In October 2023, we launched our flagship report ‘Thriving People – Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG’, which showed the New Zealand business community has an exciting role to play in progressing social impact and equity. We’ve made significant progress in activating the report’s recommendations and are establishing a strong foundation to achieve collective impact. Collaboration, innovation, and responsible business practice combined can be a powerful lever for change, delivering impact greater than what a single business could achieve alone.

Our Thriving People programme supports members through thought leadership and best practice, fostering connection, capability building, and collaboration across communities of collective action with focus on:  

  • Thriving Communities – moving community investment beyond philanthropy, by building relational based approaches to deliver greater impact and value by embracing reciprocity.
  • Sustainable supply chains – adopting an ‘end-to-end’ view, addressing Modern Slavery and applying human rights due diligence to catalyse positive social impact.
  • Employment practices – building on existing strengths to drive excellence.

Underpinning all of our mahi is a focus on weaving te ao Māori into our thinking and delivery.

      Work programme

      Capability building

      Promoting uptake of the social sustainability maturity matrix in our ‘S’ in ESG report and deliver practical guidance on good practice 

      Collaborations

      Facilitating three scalable collaborations across community impact, supply chain due diligence and employment practices

      Collective action

      Galvanizing businesses around a series of common social sustainability challenges to support just transitions

      Future of Work

      Building adaptive skills, workforces and ways of working to support Just Transitions to Net Zero. Learn about SBC’s Future Skills ecosystem here. 

      Connection

      Hosting in-person networking events and delivering bimonthly webinars to lift social sustainability practices 

      Thought Leadership

      Providing access to thought leadership and insights from members on emerging social sustainability issues

      Completed areas of work

      • Lifting the living standards of Aotearoa (3 part series)
      • Moving Beyond Diversity – Creating Workplaces of Belonging. SBC members are integrating ways of working that support greater diversity and inclusion within their businesses and reporting progress transparently
      • Social Impact – SBC members are collectively increasing and measuring their positive impact on the communities in which they work

      Robert has over 20 years’ experience providing strategic leadership on critical sustainability issues and solutions in business, consultancy and public sector organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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      Robert Perry

      Manager, Thriving People

      Pages and resources

      Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG for Aotearoa businesses

      Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG for Aotearoa businesses

      There is an increasingly urgent need to embed social sustainability within Aotearoa New Zealand’s workplaces, ...
      Takeaways from the ‘Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG’ report launch 

      Takeaways from the ‘Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG’ report launch 

      I am very pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Strengthening the ‘S’ in ESG’ report at SBC's inaugural Thriving ...
      It’s time we strengthen the ‘S’ in ESG 

      It’s time we strengthen the ‘S’ in ESG 

      By Robert Perry (Manager Thriving People)   We’re all familiar with Aotearoa New Zealand’s net zero ...
      Making sense of mental wellbeing at work – thoughts from Robert Perry

      Making sense of mental wellbeing at work – thoughts from Robert Perry

      SBC recently hosted a Spotlight Series webinar which started a very important conversation around ...
      2023 Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals survey launches

      2023 Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals survey launches

      Oxygen Consulting, in partnership with Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the Sustainable Business Council ...
      Downer: Social Purpose and a Just Transition

      Downer: Social Purpose and a Just Transition

      In this Member Story, Downer puts the spotlight on social purpose, and how ensuring a Just Transition is a ...
      Moving beyond diversity: Spotlight on youth employment

      Moving beyond diversity: Spotlight on youth employment

      It was incredibly inspiring to hear from Downer and SkyCity in our recent Moving beyond Diversity hui (focussed on ...
      Thriving People Thriving Voices

      Thriving People Thriving Voices

      SBC’s Thriving People team Robert Perry and Megan Gallagher have been working with SBC members to showcase the ...
      Moving Beyond Diversity

      Moving Beyond Diversity

      Supporting a fair, equitable and inclusive transition to a low emissions, climate resilient economy means ...