Press Release – Convergence
Auckland companies can get a sustainability edge at the ‘business only’ afternoon at the Sustainable City Showcase at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf on Thursday 22 November. 23 October 2012
Chance for Aucklanders to get a bite-sized taste of business sustainability insights
Auckland companies can get a sustainability edge at the ‘business only’ afternoon at the Sustainable City Showcase at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf on Thursday 22 November.
Ten expert-led Business Power Sessions will provide lunchtime friendly 30-minute opportunities for businesses to upskill on sustainability as it applies to financial, social, human and environmental aspects of business life.
Companies can send their executives to one or more of the sessions between 12:30 and 4pm and take away knowledge that will inform their response to sustainability’s growing influence on business today as conscious consumerism impacts on all our activities.
Topics for the sessions include green marketing and communications, retrofitting and energy efficiency, sustainability reporting, building a sustainable business, and the value of green office spaces.
The Business Power Sessions are one element of the business engagement day that kicks off the three-day Sustainable City Showcase. The Showcase, which is organised by the Sustainable Business Network, and supported by Waterfront Auckland, Principal Partner Meridian Energy and Presenting Partner Green Ideas, is open to the public and entry is free.
CEO of the SBN Rachel Brown says that the business sessions are designed to provide “tailored power briefings” to key influencers within the business community.
“We are expecting that the power sessions will appeal to CEOs, CFOs and key influencers in business, but the sessions are open to anyone who is keen to benefit from the experience of some of New Zealand’s leading business sustainability experts.” says Brown.
Sustainable Business Power Sessions
The Cloud, Queens Wharf
10 sessions from 12:30 – 4:PM
Thursday, 22 November
|Time||Lifestyle Zone||Business Zone|
|12.30 – 1.00pm||Social sustainability, what is it? And how does it add value to business?
Nick Jones, Research and Insights Manager, NZI
|An introduction to sustainable business – a reshaping of profit.
Rachel Brown, CEO, Sustainable Business Network
|1.15 – 1.45pm||Three essential strategies for influencing change in any organisation
Niki Harre, University of Auckland
|Massive efficiencies through retrofitting your business
Dan Coffey: EECA Business & Gordon Wiffen: Phillips
|2.00 – 2.30pm||Selling virtue: Your speed guide to good green marketing for 2013
Kath Dewar, Managing Director, Goodsense
|Ensuring the best strategic approach is taken from sustainability reporting
Jamie Sinclair, Director, Sustainablity Advisory Services, KPMG
|2.45 – 3.15pm||Building a sustainable and successful business – creating a loyal following by making sustainability cool, sexy and fun
Chris Morrison, Director, All Good Organics & Mike Murphy, Managing Director, Kokako Organics
|Turning smart business models into smart profit
Michael Pollok, Managing Director, Ricoh
|3.30 – 4.00pm||Building a better energy future with customers, community and environment
Bill Highet, General Manager, Retail, Meridian Energy
|Sustainability and the bottom line – planning for long term profits
Murray Wu, General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Kiwibank
Further information: www.SustainableCity.org.nz