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Sustainable Impact – Issue One 

by MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Published: June, 2021

Submission: July, 2021


Right now, there is a powerful opportunity to propel a historic culture shift towards greater sustainability in support of people, business and the planet. We are embracing this opportunity at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

Our firm intends to play an active part in Aotearoa New Zealand’s sustainability journey, which is already underway. Indrafting our own Sustainability Strategy, we have spent time considering our mission. We are passionate about helpingto shape New Zealand’s future, and we believe in using our collective skills, time and resources to make a positiveimpact for our people, our clients, our communities and our planet.

To create the sustainable future we want to see, we commit to three pillars built upon te taiao (environment), nga tangata (people) and nga tikanga (practices). The three pillars see us playing our part in a low emission, circular economy; contributing to social empowerment; and using our position as strategic advisers to positively shape AotearoaNew Zealand’s future.

I look forward to updating you on our progress over time.

In our first issue of Sustainable Impact we focus on the transition to a lowcarbon economy. We sat down with Ports of Auckland’s General Manager of Sustainability, Rosie Mercer, to understand more about the Port’s approach and progress towards a sustainable future. We discuss reactions to the Climate Change Commission’s first package of draft advice to the Government and examine risks to business associated with climate change, and how they can be managed. We consider the role that international trade rules can play in reducing carbon emissions and outline trends in sustainable finance. We also showcase CH4 Global Limited and B Lab – two examples of organisations driving New Zealand towards a low carbon, sustainable future.

Waka hourua – Bring on the future!

This issue is available in a PDF and contains seven digital articles, please follow the links below to read each one.

Port in focus

Mixed reactions to the Climate Change Commission's advice

Climate change is a risky business

Sustainable finance – a means to incentivise good outcomes

Using seaweed to reduce livestock emissions and mitigate climate change

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms: Accounting for our carbon footprint when exporting

Governing for purpose and stakeholders in Aotearoa


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