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Business Council for Sustainable Dev. Newsletter

Business Council for Sustainable Development Newsletter

Dear All

CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE BUSINESS ETHICS AWARDS

The Business Ethics Awards recognise companies with a responsible approach to business ethics and the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental wealth creation that underpins sustainable development.

The Award is part of the Deloitte Management Top 200 Awards, sponsored by Brookfields Lawyers and assisted by Rodger Spiller and the New Zealand Centre for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development (NZCBESD). The NZCBESD was initiated by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and is supported by AUT, The University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology and the private sector.

Finalists are recognised at the annual Top 200 awards ceremony in November, profiled in Management Magazine and used as case studies for education and training.

NZBCSD member 3M won the inaugural award in 1999. Finalists have included NZBCSD members Shell New Zealand, Vodafone and Fletcher Challenge.

By entering the Awards, your business demonstrates a willingness to share your learning and assist other companies to contribute to sustainable development.

The deadline for entries is Friday, 30th August 2002. The Nomination Form, Judging Criteria, information about past finalists and other information is available from www.management.co.nz/editable/EthicsInfo.doc

THE RECYCLING OPERATORS OF NEW ZEALAND INVITE YOU TO ATTEND: KEEP IN THE LOOP 'A FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE' REGIONAL WORKSHOPS (21 JULY to 27 SEPTEMBER 2002)

An opportunity to discuss practical issues, opportunities and challenges offered by the New Zealand Waste Strategy, both locally and nationally. The focus of the workshops is to provide a better understanding of what the strategy "means" to recycling and waste minimisation service providers, operators and educators. These workshops will be of interest and importance to individuals, businesses and government organisations associated with or involved in resource efficiency and recycling initiatives.

For information or to register contact:

Julie Dennis 'Keep in the Loop' Coordinator Email info@ronz.org.nz, Website www.ronz.org.nz, Tel 09 488 9449

CLEAN AIR & ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE

The New Zealand Branch of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand are very pleased to announce that the 16th Clean Air and Environment Conference will be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand on 18-22 August, 2002.

Because of its beautiful environs, spectacular surroundings and high number of clear sky days Christchurch calls itself "The City that shines". However, Christchurch has a serious wintertime air quality problem and the question "Does Christchurch really deserve its' title?" is often asked. The local Environmental Agency is actively addressing Christchurch's poor air quality. So what better location to ponder the many issues associated with air quality management?

An excellent and challenging conference program will be balanced fine wining and dining, spectacular scenic and nature tours, outdoor adventure opportunities and cultural experiences. For more information visit www.conference.co.nz/casanz/index.htm>www.conference.co.nz/casanz/index.ht m

ACCOUNTING TRANSPARENCY WINS ICANZ RECOGNITION

Congratulations to Raechel Cummins - the NZBCSD liaison delegate from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Raechel is PwC's senior manager of Sustainability Solutions and won runner up in the ICANZ Central Region Young Accountant of the Year. The winner was Steve Leith from Treasury.

Interestingly, both Raechel and Steve work in the area of accounting transparency - improving the transarency and understanding of the information that organisations provide to their stakeholders. This is certainly an area of growing importance and one that aligns with NZBCSD principles.

CLEAN UP NZ WEEK 16 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2002

Clean Up NZ Week is currently inviting individuals, groups and organisations around New Zealand to participate in Clean Up NZ Week. Visit their website at www.cleanupnz.org.nz where you will find all the information you need to know about how to register a clean up project . If you require any further information please contact Clare Baker toll-free on 0800 315 000 or cleanupnz@xtra.co.nz

Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone else you think might be interested in getting involved.

Clean Up NZ Week is a non-profit, environmental campaign that is part of Clean Up the World and the United Nations Environmental Programme.

VISIT OF DR GERHARD HUHN IN SEPTEMBER

Dr Gerhard Huhn, a leading European management consultant and creativity trainer will be visiting NZ in September.

Gerhard has a background in law, ecology, psychology and management who is concerned with optimizing the individual's potential. He is a highly successful motivator of top managers in well-known companies and a fascinating, credible communicator. "I can thoroughly recommend him" said Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland.

Gerhard offers unique insights and training around the following four themes:

* Information management;

* Creativity and Innovation;

* Leadership and Motivation;

* Eco-imagineering.

If you would like to meet with Gerhard, or would like more information please contact Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, Ph. +64-9-373 7599 ext.7827 or email k.bosselmann@auckland.ac.nz

NZBCSD CONCERNED THAT NZ BUSINESS IS MISSING OUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

This article by Stephen Tindall was recently published in the NZ Herald, it can be read at http://www.nzbcsd.org.nz/story.asp?StoryID=143. A similar article was published in the Australian EcoFutures magazine - it can be read at http://www.nzbcsd.org.nz/story.asp?StoryID=143

CYCLING SUPPORT NZ INC. ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE CYCLING

Cycling Support NZ Incorporated seek your support to think laterally and sustainably about transportation and encourage all businesses to think about what they can do to improve the transport situation.

Examples of things to think about are:

* Are our employees encouraged to cycle to work?

* What provisions can be made for cyclists at my work-place?

* Do we provide alternatives to company cars in our remuneration packages?

* How can we encourage our clients to walk or cycle? * Do we encourage responsible driving? * Have we considered the effects of our transport operations on the environment and on other (more vulnerable) road users?

See the Cycling Advocates' Network website, www.can.org.nz and under their "New Links" list is a "Cycle Friendly Employer" guide prepared for SPARC, formerly the Hillary Commission.

Further information is available in the full version of this article at http://www.nzbcsd.org.nz/story.asp?StoryID=150

For more information contact Paul Doherty at pd@cycling-support.org.nz or ph 09 436 2640

BOSTON BUSES BUSTED FOR IDLING

The latest edition of the ICANZ "News and Views" newsletter included this excellent example of how unthinking customs and practices can act as an enemy to sustainable development.

"A Notice of Violation has been issued to the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority for excessive idling discovered during inspections at four bus yards. The inspections, found numerous instances of buses idling in violation of the state's five minute limit. Many were idling for more than an hour and, in one instance for two hours and 30 minutes!"

To subscribe to "News and Views" contact Ray Skinner at Ray Skinner rayskinner@clear.net.nz

TIPU AKE - A LEADERSHIP MODEL FOR INNOVATIVE ORGANISATIONS

Tipu Ake ki te Ora (Growing from within ever upwards towards wellbeing) is a leadership model inspired by the self transformation of Te Whaiti School. Here a small unemployed Maori community took its future in its own hands, and used its ancient wisdom and methods to do some remarkable things against all the odds. A group of volunteers from AUT and elsewhere has helped them capture their unique processes as the Tipu Ake Lifecycle. Many student projects at AUT and elsewhere are now helping them share it with the world.

Tipu Ake has been developed entirely by groundswell volunteer energy, has no political or corporate connections, so relies on personal networking, word of mouth and partnerships. It is thus a charitable international knowledge economy movement centred in the middle of NZ's bush, based on some ancient values and methods, largely unconstrained by current boundaries or convention.

For more information contact Peter Goldsbury, 20 Hastings Pde, Devonport, Auckland. Phone 64 9 445 4454 (24 hours), Mobile (021) 465372 or visit their website www.tipuake.org.nz

The Team at NZBCSD


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