Future of “clean, green New Zealand” to be discussed next month

Future of “clean, green New Zealand” to be discussed next month

New Zealand’s clean, green reputation has been the subject of much debate lately and will, once again, be in the spotlight at Te Papa, in Wellington, on 4 September, when the country’s leading sustainable businesses will get together for a conference on “Transforming Business”.

“New Zealand’s clean, green reputation is in the spotlight at the moment so this is the ideal time to bring together the leading minds in sustainable business to identify ways in which we can secure New Zealand’s future as a world leader in sustainable business,” says Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network, which is organising the conference.

“Many businesses in New Zealand are already world leaders in sustainability across a range of sectors – from clean technology to community engagement to sustainable agribusiness. We want to bring them together to collaborate on practical solutions to bring about transformative change – and that means breaking through the ‘change as usual’ barrier and genuinely integrating sustainability throughout business,” she adds.

John Elkington, founding partner and executive chairman of Volans and co-founder of SustainAbility, is this year’s keynote speaker. Elkington is regularly listed among the top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders and will share his international expertise on the latest global trends in sustainable business via a recorded interview.

New Zealander Roger Dennis, director of IdeaPort, the second keynote speaker, will explain how to bring about transformative change within an organisation from a New Zealand perspective.

Other speakers include Rod Oram (award-winning business journalist), Derek Handley (CEO, The B Team, via recorded interview), Rebecca Mills (Strategist, The B Team), Sacha McMeeking (Principal at Catalytic), Ian Proudfoot (Head of Agribusiness at KPMG), Eric Martinot (Senior Research Director at Tokyo’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies) and many other sustainability leaders.

The Conference will be structured around the Sustainable Business Network’s four new transformation areas: Renewables, Community, Mega efficiency and Restorative.

“If businesses understand the potential for transformative change, and get the solutions right, the opportunities are massive and global. I would encourage anyone with an interest in understanding the role of business in the 21st century economy to attend,” says Brown.

Full details about the Conference and tickets are available online: www.sustainable.org.nz/conference-2013.