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State of CSR launched in Auckland

Westpac New Zealand hosted the Auckland launch on 15th June, 2017, of the 9th Annual Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand.

Trophies were presented to the CSR Top Three – the New Zealand companies with the highest scores in CSR management capabilities. They were Westpac NZ, Toyota NZ and Air New Zealand.

ACCSR’s Managing Director, Dr Leeora Black spoke in her keynote address about the updated New Zealand Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Guidelines which require increased disclosure by companies of their environmental, social and governance impacts. She said this may explain why the top CSR priority in New Zealand this year is regulatory impacts – (82% say it is a high or very high priority)

The Annual Review also revealed 48 per cent  support for mandatory sustainability reporting for big companies, with 46 percent agreeing that sustainability reporting has improved investor engagement.

Gender Equality is the top Sustainable Development Goal for New Zealand organisations.

In 2017, 359 people participated from 45 organisations in New Zealand. The State of CSR Annual Review is a project of ACCSR’s pro bono arm, CSRConnect.ed, and was made possible in New Zealand by support from Massey University, the NZ Sustainable Business Council, and Wright Communications.

 

Pictured (l-r) The NZ CSR Top Three winners and Partners:  Abbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the NZ Sustainable Business Council, Dr Leeora Black from ACCSR, Paul Carroll from Toyota NZ, Lisa Daniell from Air New Zealand, Tracey Dyson from Westpac, Nikki Wright from Wright Communication’s, Associate Professor Gabriel Eweje from Massey University.

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