20 years of sustainable business

29 May 2019

1999

January

By this time, legislation had been passed for 2 Treaty of Waitangi claims.

1999

May

New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (NZBCSD) formed

2000

March

New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy launched

2000

July

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority established as a Crown Entity

2002

July

Government introduced 12 weeks' paid parental leave

2002

August

Global Reporting Initiative releases guidelines

2002

October

Sustainable Business Network established

2002

December

New Zealand Government ratifies the Kyoto Protocol

2008

January

Emissions Trading Scheme established

2008

September

Mandatory product stewardship introduced under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008

2009

January

By this time, legislation had been passed for a further 13 Treaty of Waitangi claims.

2009

March

BusinessNZ Sustainability Forum formed

2009

January

By this time, legislation had been passed for a further 13 Treaty of Waitangi claims.

2011

July

Pure Advantage formed to promote green growth

2012

January

Merger of NZBCSD and BusinessNZ Sustainability Forum to form SBC

2013

August

Same-sex marriage legalised in New Zealand

2015

September

New Zealand signs up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

2016

April

New Zealand signs the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030

2016

May

Government announced Electric Vehicles Programme - goal of reaching approximately 64,000 electric vehicles on our roads by the end of 2021

2017

December

Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting included in NZX Corporate Governance Code

2018

April

Paid parental leave increased to 26 weeks

2018

July

Climate Leaders Coalition formed

2018

Oct

Aotearoa Circle formed

2019

January

To date, legislation has been passed for a further 56 Treaty of Waitangi claims, or 71 in total. 43 claims remain outstanding.

2019

April

Paid leave now available for victims of domestic violence

2019

May

Zero Carbon Bill introduced to Parliament

2019

June

Sustainable Business Council celebrates 20 years of helping businesses be the best for New Zealand