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Public sector accelerating to carbon zero
The Sustainable Business Council and Climate Leaders Coalition have welcomed the Government's announcement to accelerate the public sector's race to carbon zero. The announcement was the focus of three of the 26 recommendations contained in our briefing to the incoming Government.  
CLC 2019/2020 snapshot shows impressive progress
In a year of adversity, the CLC snapshot results shine the light on the remarkable resilience of CLC signatories. Compared to 2019, signatories increased by 15%, 43 companies decreased Scope 1 & 2 emissions and over 90% of signatories are reporting Scope 3 emissions.
Deloitte Top 200 announced
Deloitte's 2020 Top 200 New Zealand businesses have just been announced, and there's a strong SBC and CLC representation in the winners' circle. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare won Company of the Year, and boss Lewis Gradon took out CEO of the Year. Beca took out the Sustainable Business Leadership award. 
Westpac releases first climate risk report
Westpac has become the first bank in New Zealand to release a report detailing its exposure to climate-related financial risks. The report is consistent with the Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosure standards.
Countdown commits to green buildings
Supermarket operator Countdown is building New Zealand's first Green Star-rated supermarket. It is part of Countdown's overall commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 63% by 2030 versus its 2015 baseline.
Synlait releases 2020 sustainability report
Synlait's sustainability report has revealed several positive trends, including an improvement in the company's greenhouse gas emissions. Synlait's on-farm emissions reduced 5% over the past year, or 7% compared to its FY18 base year when targets were established. 
SBC/CLC end of year party
This year, we celebrated our joint SBC and CLC end of year networking event in Auckland. SBC chair Karen Silk, executive director Mike Burrell and CLC convenor Mike Bennetts spoke of the resilience of both organisations throughout 2020.
Join the SBC team
It's an exciting time to join SBC, and we have just created a new Sustainability Adviser role to help deliver on our ambitions for leadership and thriving people. If you have skills (or know anyone who does) in sustainability leadership and social sustainability, apply before December 18.

WSP launches Decarbonising Transport series
WSP has created a thought leadership series, Decarbonising Transport to support the Helen Clark Foundation's The Shared Path report, released earlier this month. WSP's Decarbonising Transport says Aotearoa needs to take strong action to target transport emissions turning the tide from 45% growth in emissions to achieve a 45% decline.
Job opportunities 
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Sustainability Adviser
Member roles
Auckland Council -
Senior Sustainable Living Specialist
Ngai Tahu - Sustainability Coordinator
4Sight Consulting - Environmental Consultant
Genesis - Sustainability Advisor
Sanford - Environmental Advisor
Vector - Senior Sustainability Partner
Sustainability events

Green Speak Wellington - Building for change
S&T Office, 2/158 Victoria St, Wellington  | Tuesday 8 December, 5:30pm - 7.30pm
New Zealand Green Building Council is hosting its Green Speak event, featuring talks from NZGBC CEO Andrew Eagles, Future Thinker of the year 2020 Tessa Meyer and Stephenson & Turner Building Sustainability Manager Karl Wakelin.

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The role of LCA in designing zero carbon buildings
Webinar | Thursday 10 December, 3pm
Achieving zero carbon demands action from all sectors. For the built environment, LCA studies provide the key data needed to achieve this goal. Hear from Jasmax and eToolLCD on how the environmental consequences of design choices can be tested, understood, and refined with LCA and eToolLCD to encourage a green building transformation in thinkstep-anz’s upcoming webinar.
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Implementing human rights due diligence in global supply chains
Online | Thursday 10 December, 2pm Central European Time
On the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, hear from Chairs of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and business practitioners about the new decade of global business and human rights implementation. 

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Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards
25 January 2021
The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards honour those who use their passion to make our country a better place.

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More information about SBC events. For other low emissions events see the Climate Leaders Coalition events calendar.

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3 December 2020