As 2022 draws to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect over the past 12 months. For myself, I have watched the huge strides taken by many of our members to address the challenges you face around climate, supply chain, people, health and wellbeing, the regulatory environment – considering both the short and long term impacts upon your members, your local communities, your staff, and how you can be part of the way forward. It is a privilege for Cooperative Business NZ to continue to support you on this journey.
The upcoming election will be pivotal for New Zealand, and the business community. We will be working to ensure the government recognise how intrinsic you are to our economy and society.
In this vein, a recent highlight for me was hosting our Annual Business Awards where we celebrated our members businesses and senior leaders who are making such a difference. Another highlight was attending Capricorn’s Annual Gala Dinner celebrating their 25th year. Both were wonderful opportunities to hear our (and your) members’ stories. The value that your leadership place on being co-operative and mutual businesses and supporting your members’ continuing success was hugely evident across both these proceedings.
Here’s a few key dates for 2023, so please take the opportunity to lock them in.
Agri Co-ops & Climate Change: Webinar
15 February, online
Leading with Impact: IOD Governance Breakfast and KPMG CE Summit
2 March 2023, Auckland
B-Corp and Co-operatives: Webinar
8 March, online
9 May 2023, Christchurch
Six-month Governance Development Programme
May and November intakes, Auckland and online
Chairing the Co-operative Board: 1/2 Day workshop
10 May 2023, Christchurch
Governance Accelerator Programme: 2-day workshop
4 & 5 October 2023, Wellington
The Cooperative Business NZ team will be taking a break from Friday 23 December 2022. The office will reopen Monday 9 January 2023. If you have anything urgent, Roz will be available on email (albeit, from the beach).
Over 2023, we are continuing to work with our Corporate Associate Members to provide you with a fantastic line up of professional development and collaboration opportunities. Find out what’s on offer here. There will be more added to the calendar in early 2023.
Signing off on 2022! Have a fun, festive time with your family and friends.
CEO, Cooperative Business NZ