Sustainable Impact: Issue three

  • Publications and reports

    30 August 2022

Sustainable Impact: Issue three Desktop Image Sustainable Impact: Issue three Mobile Image

Welcome to this latest issue of Sustainable Impact in which we explore a range of topics that are impacting our society in profound ways.

We highlight the ground-breaking Tāmata Hauhā business initiative, which is using carbon to increase the capacity and connectedness of people and whenua, enhance Māori prosperity, and deliver sustainable environmental outcomes for future generations.

We profile the Who Did You Help Today? trust, which all began in 2015 when Stacey Shortall asked an off-the-cuff question to an audience at the 2015 Women of Influence awards dinner. Since then, Who Did You Help Today? has helped more than 10,000 New Zealanders.

Something we champion at MinterEllisonRuddWatts is diversity, and pay gaps is one way to measure progress towards our goals in this area. I take personal pride that MinterEllisonRuddWatts is leading the way as the first and only law firm to openly report our pay gap information, as we work to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the diverse communities of New Zealand. For this reason it is also important to promote initiatives such as the MindTheGap register, which we do in this issue. Launched in 2021 to address New Zealand’s pay gaps, MindTheGap has three tangible objectives: for employees to #JustAsk their employers about the pay gap, to get New Zealand businesses to publicly register their pay gap and to encourage the Government to make pay gap reporting mandatory.

We also cut through the chat and get into the detail of recent developments in the Government’s response to climate change, examining key actions that will set the scene for future regulatory and non-regulatory responses to reduce emissions.

Finally, we take a long look at what’s next for sustainable finance, including an updated report from the Toitū Tahua’s recent inaugural gathering.