PwC Herald Talks - Conscious Business

Wed 16 Nov

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SKYCITY, Level 3, 72 Victoria St West, Auckland

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Running Time: 7am - 9am

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SKYCITY, Level 3, 72 Victoria St West, Auckland

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PwC Herald Talks

Our thought provoking business networking series moves into its second year in 2016. Designed to give you the knowledge, insight and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

PwC Herald Talks breakfast events discuss current trends in business, including cyber security, innovation, generational diversity, big data and sustainability. 

Join us and key thought leaders to connect, share knowledge, and think about how to grow your business and remain relevant.

Conscious Business

How do you build value through values?

Genuine conscious leadership, mindful management, well thought-out strategies and initiatives will build your competitive value. Being a conscious business is now a source of talent attraction, employee engagement and retention, and customer decision making. 

By engaging in more conscious strategies your business creates a common purpose and positive relationship between employees, suppliers, customers and communities. The flow on effects of this provide your business with a strategic and competitive advantage. It’s about focussing on more than just financial profit, and runs deeper than putting aside a pool of money to donate to charities; it’s your impact on New Zealand as a whole by considering both short-term and long-term effects of your actions or inactions.

A conscious business chooses to be of benefit to the country & seeks to promote the pursuit of valuable collaboration to all its stakeholders; it produces sustainable outcomes for the environment and its community and creates sold values and mission statements that look at the bigger picture of their business footprint.

Keynote Speaker

John Elliott – Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, TOMS 

John started in the sporting industry with Puma in the 80’s, jumped into retail in the 90’s when Sportsco were expanding their stores so John went to Western Australia and opened 10 stores. He left Sportsco in 2000 to manage And 1, the popular basketball brand from the US. After 4 ½ years he then was offered the Nike ACG brand for Australia and New Zealand. It was during this time that he became engaged in looking for positive social outcomes in business. He chaired Nike’s Environmental group for the region and was asked to join Nike’s first Global Climate Change summit in Portland. He started recycling shoes with Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program and founded Save Our Soles that is responsible for recycling of shoes in Australia. John joined TOMS in 2012 and looks after the Australian and New Zealand business. He is also a board member for B Corp’s in Australia and New Zealand.


Mark Powell – CEO in Residence, Massey University Business School

Mark was until recently CEO of The Warehouse Group (which includes The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo7). In his time as Group CEO he led a major reshaping of the business developing a strong customer focused, people centred continuous improvement culture. As part of that, under Mark’s leadership The Warehouse Group introduced the ‘Career Retailer Wage’ (based on the Living Wage), removed R18 DVD’s from their shelves and rejuvenated their community focus.  

Prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2002 Mark worked in North America, Spain and the UK. He ran Wal-Mart Canada’s logistic operations and was the UK Logistics Director for Tesco. Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering, a Bachelor of Applied Theology, a Master in Logistics and a MBA.

Mark now has a portfolio of activities, including being part-time ‘CEO in Residence’ at Massey University Business School, Non-Executive Director of the major Australian retailer ‘The Good Guys’ and is involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations. 

Brianne West – Founder, Ethique

Brianne is the founder and formulator extraordinaire at Ethique, home of sensational solid beauty bars. Ethique manufactures solid beauty bars providing waste free alternatives to traditional liquid products, such as shampoo, body lotions and much more.

She started her first company at age 19 and has since successfully launched and sold two others. She is now entirely focused on Ethique and ridding the world of plastic waste associated with the cosmetics industry. Ethique was launched in 2012 while Brianne was completing her BSc degree in biology through the University of Canterbury.

Brianne is passionate about creating a sustainable future and as such Ethique is committed to ethical and sustainable practices and is a certified B-Corp. The company is going from strength-to- strength with a dedicated manufacturing and retail space opened in late 2014, and export to Australia growing. Ethique was named as a Rising Star in Deloitte’s Fast 50 in 2015, has won a silver Green Apple award, a David Award and was a finalist in the Sustainable 60, NZ Innovators & the NZI Sustainable Business Network awards.

Michele Embling – Chair, PwC New Zealand

As leader of PwC’s National Assurance practice for the past three years, Michele has successfully led transformation projects and is widely respected in the marketplace for her ability to influence and bring people together. Michele is a strong believer in the value that transparent reporting, good governance and quality audit collectively play in building confidence for NZ business and capital markets. 

As the Chair of PwC, Michele sees her position as an opportunity to approach corporate governance with a long-term vision of sustainability. Her goal is not just to continue to promote sustainable corporate governance in terms of financial management, but to deliver a positive impact on society and the natural environment. Michele believes this starts at the very top –in the board room – and should run through the supply chain to ensure the company meets all its commitments.

Michele is committed to supporting the growth of NZ women leaders. She is a board member and Deputy Chair of Global Women and chairs the Global Women, Women in Leadership Programme, which works to develop and assure leadership opportunities for qualified women, and mentor and shape emerging leaders.

Andy Routley – Managing Director, DB Breweries

Andy joined DB as Managing Director in 2013 and has over 25 years in the consumer goods and drinks sector in Europe, Australia, the USA and now New Zealand. Andy held the role of global brand marketing director for Miller Beer at SAB Miller from 2005-2009 and is passionate about the world of beer and building great brands, relationships and experiences.

Andy is entrepreneurial in nature with a restless ambition to always try to raise the bar and find new and better ways to do things through innovation and continuing to help DB live and breathe the “Challenge the Impossible” mantra of its founder, Morton Coutts.

Since joining DB, Andy has worked with his colleagues to help transform the way DB does business, with a strong focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at DB, as well as a commitment to driving a positive, winning culture.

Over the past three years, Andy is proud of the achievements across the whole DB business best highlighted with a number of industry accolades and through numerous improvements in the way we do business.

This all helps to hopefully make DB an even better, more successful and fulfilling company to work for and to do business with.

Event Format; 

7:00am Registration & stand-up networking breakfast
7:30am MC Welcome
7:40am Keynote Speaker
8:05am Panel Discussion
8:30am Q&A
9:00am End

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