Beyond Green Cleaning – Sustainability in 2018

There have been great improvements in environmentally responsible and green cleaning.  At the same time Sustainability issues are becoming more mainstream, and that means new and changing demands from customers.  What issues do New Zealanders care about? What can you expect customers to start asking you for?  What can you get ready for now?  And what’s the opportunity?  Get answers to these questions in a session that provides an update on sustainability and some of the key issues for New Zealand that are likely to affect our sector.



Abbie Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, a division of BusinessNZ that represents 94 member businesses, including some of New Zealand’s largest companies. Its membership accounts for almost a third of private sector GDP.

Abbie champions the interests of businesses that want to be the best for New Zealand and the world. This includes driving action on climate change, governance, social impact and ecosystem health. She is also continuing to grow the organisation’s focus on mainstreaming sustainable business practices throughout New Zealand.

Abbie brings with her a depth of expertise in social, financial and environmental sustainability within business. Before joining SBC, Abbie led the Vodafone Foundation and was Head of Sustainability at Vodafone. She has worked on a wide range of sustainability initiatives including rolling out an eco-rating for mobile phones. Abbie was also the driving force behind a mobile phone recycling programme that delivered $2.5 million to Starship.

Previously she has led sustainability and regulatory work at Spark, the UK’s Cable & Wireless and as a resource management/environment solicitor for Bell Gully.