Thriving People

Growing prosperous and inclusive businesses and communities.

Current areas of work: Future of Work

Completed areas of work: Social Impact

Our vision

The best businesses are good for people, planet and prosperity. This requires businesses to support the wellbeing of their employees, and to positively impact their communities and broader society.

Our society and economy are changing – from the advent of Covid-19 to socio-economic polarisation to rapid technological evolution – impacting how we live and how we work. These challenges are further compounded by our transition towards a zero carbon economy which will necessitate further change and adaptation.

SBC’s vision puts people at the heart of what we do, enabling them to succeed in this rapidly changing world. We are setting an ambition for a thriving world of work that is inclusive and sustainable. We want people to thrive – personally, professionally, and as active members of society. The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are integral to this, as is business fostering diversity and inclusion and ensuring no one is left behind, including in accessing learning and development opportunities.

We work to provide solutions that support business to ensure that they remain in tune with the needs, goals, and aspirations of society against the backdrop of this rapidly evolving landscape. We showcase leadership, collaborate where shared ambition exists, and empower members to take
strategic approaches to shape our changing society and economy.

We recognise that the government’s policy decisions will affect the demand for, and nature of, work. We work with BusinessNZ and government to ensure policy settings enable our members to bring their communities and people with them as we transition towards a zero carbon economy.


  • SBC members are integrating ways of working that support greater diversity and inclusion within their businesses and reporting progress transparently;
  • SBC members are preparing to create meaningful work in a changing economy, including in collaboration; and
  • SBC members are collectively increasing their positive impact on the communities in which they work and are measuring this.