ANZCCJ is proud to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Committee, to be Co-Chaired by Ashurst Partner and ANZCCJ Executive Council member Tracy Whiriskey, and Shu Saito, Japan Head of Macquarie Asset Management.
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.
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