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Towards 2030 – The Decade of Action | Sustainability: What does it mean and why is it now business critical?

  • 26 Aug 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Online (Zoom)


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Towards 2030 – The Decade of Action
Sustainability: What does it mean and why is it now business critical? -

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ANZCCJ welcomes members and guests to the launch of the newly established Sustainability Committee, led by Co-Chairs Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Ashurst) and Shu Saito (Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management). This event will explore the critical role of sustainability for businesses and the opportunities for decisive action created by Japan’s net zero economy goal and similar international targets.

After a closer look at sustainability initiatives across Australia and New Zealand by Deputy Heads of Mission HK Yu PSM (Australian Embassy, Tokyo) and Dominic Walton-France (New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo), panelists Andrew Gauci (Managing Director & CEO, Lendlease Japan), Hamish McCarroll (Export Manager, ecostore) and David Jenkins (Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank) will share their perspectives on what sustainability means for their business and why it is now business critical.


Date: Thurs 26 August, 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm JST

Location: Zoom (webinar)

About the ANZCCJ Sustainability Committee:

Japanese companies are increasingly adopting long-term sustainability strategies, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their strategic focus. With the Paris Agreement and the Suga government's commitment to a net zero economy by 2050 also in mind, we believe this is the right time for the chamber to establish a sustainability committee to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand businesses, universities and start-ups with the trade and investment opportunities that this creates. As Prime Minister Suga noted this will 'lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth'.

This 'green growth strategy' creates opportunities in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including more efficient manufacturing practices, higher recycling rates, hydrogen, off-shore wind and other renewable energy sources and carbon capture, as well as more broadly across all industries and their supply chains. This includes TMT, industrials, financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare amongst other sectors. This change creates opportunities for established corporates, start-ups and the education sector through research and development.

By establishing a Sustainability Committee, ANZCCJ will serve as a platform for information sharing, advocacy and external engagement to support Australian, Japanese and New Zealand organisations to make the most of the opportunities that the net zero economy goal creates. Participation in the Sustainability Committee will be open to all ANZCCJ members and is expected to generate interest across a broad range of sectors, not only energy and infrastructure, including those seeking to implement and maintain environmentally conscious business practices and corporate social responsibility goals within their organisations.

Committee Chairs:
Tracy Whiriskey – Partner, Ashurst Tokyo

Shu Saito - Head of Macquarie Asset Management (Japan)

Please click here for more details about the Sustainability Committee.

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