Aucklanders get a taste of business sustainability insights

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
Entry: Koha

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
Author of Psychology for a Better World – strategies to inspire sustainability

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

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