History of SBC About the Sustainable Business Council – Our history 1999: New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development formedFormed in May 1999, the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (NZBCSD) was a coalition of leading businesses with a shared commitment to sustainable development. It provided business leadership advocating for sustainable development, demonstrating business progress and sharing leading-edge best practices, participation in government policy development and global outreach including through a partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.The NZBCSD represented New Zealand business at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Projects included guides on Sustainable Development Reporting, Business and School Partnerships, and Youth Employment. Other areas of activity were zero waste, climate change and sustainable labelling. Supply chain and emissions management projects were also developed.Adapted from: https://www.moneymatters.co.nz/page/88/nz-business-council-for-sustainable-developmentThe NZBCSD’s first project, and a condition of membership, was triple-bottom-line reporting, sometimes known as sustainable development reporting. A reporting guideline was officially launched in 2002. A number of NZBCSD members issued sustainable development reports, including Hubbard Foods, Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Sanford Seafoods, Landcare Research, the Warehouse and Urgent Couriers.By 2008 the council had 66 members, from the resource, manufacturing, retailing and service sectors, generating 34% of New Zealand’s GDP.Source: https://teara.govt.nz/en/employer-and-business-organisations/page-6Early membersAt at October 2002, the following companies were members:3M New Zealand LtdBOC Gases New Zealand LtdBP Oil New Zealand LtdCity Care LtdDeloitte Touche TohmatsuFonterra Co-operative Group LtdHubbard Foods LtdInterface Agencies LtdLandcare ResearchLiving Earth LtdMeridian Energy LtdMighty River Power LtdMilburn New Zealand LtdMinter Ellison Rudd WattsMoney Matters (NZ) LtdMorel & CoNatural Gas Corporation Holdings LtdNIWAPalliser Estate Wines of Martinborough LtdPort of Tauranga LtdPricewaterhouseCoopersRichmond LtdSanford LtdShell New Zealand LtdSimpson GriersonTelecom New Zealand LtdThe Boston Consulting GroupThe Warehouse Group LtdToyota New Zealand LtdTransfield Services (New Zealand) LtdTranspower New Zealand LtdTrustPower LtdUrgent Couriers LtdURS New Zealand Ltd (now Aecom)Vodafone New Zealand LtdWaimangu Volcanic Valley LtdWaste Management NZ LtdWatercare Services LtdSource: https://www.wasteminz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/NZBCSD-Zero-Waste-Project.pdf2009: BusinessNZ Sustainability Forum formedBusinessNZ, the peak body for New Zealand business, established a Sustainability Forum to provide a business-centric platform for companies wanting to define and lead sustainable business matters, rather than simply respond to government-led initiatives.The activities included quarterly forums, events and media activity, elective projects and partner programmes, as well as ongoing member and stakeholder communications. The ability to work together on Special Projects – complex issues arising under tight timeframes – allowed the Forum to be swift and agile in providing practical solutions to newly defined sustainability challenges.Founding members: Rio Tinto, Toyota, Genesis, Solid Energy, Westpac, NZ Post.Members since 2010: Fonterra, Meridian, Contact, Landscape Research.2012: Merger of NZBCSD and BusinessNZ Sustainability ForumIn 2012, The NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development became the Sustainable Business Council (SBC), operating out of BusinessNZ. Jacincta Syme was acting Executive Director January – June 2012, and then took on the role of Manager to December 2013.Other milestones2012: Penny Nelson becomes Executive Director, SBC2015: BusinessNZ becomes carboNZero November 2015 (pre Paris agreement)2016: Membership grows from 35 to 85January 2016: Kirk Hope becomes CEO of BusinessNZMarch 2016: Abbie Reynolds becomes Executive Director, SBCJuly 2018: Climate Leaders Coalition formedDecember 2018: SBC reaches 100 membersJune 2019: World Environment Day - SBC celebrates 20 years of helping businesses be the best for New ZealandWhat else happened in sustainability in New Zealand 1999 - 2019?