Our Kaupapa

We figured saving the world wasn’t something we should tackle in isolation, which is why Businesses for Climate Action was formed. BCA is a Charitable Trust dedicated to fostering climate solutions for our businesses that ultimately help our people, environment and community to thrive as well.

BCA is housed in Te Tauihu (the top of the south) and pilots and champions our impact in this area. However, our operating model is open source and intentionally designed to be adopted, adapted, amplified and expanded by any other region in Aotearoa NZ (or the world!).  Together our business communities can generate lasting, positive impact for people and planet.  

Our Vision is a resilient economy that allows our people, places, communities and businesses to thrive.

Our Purpose is to galvanise and equip businesses to tackle the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

Our Team

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Jodie Kuntzsch - Chief Action Officer

With a background in New Zealand’s primary industries and the global seafood industry, Jodie joined BCA with a wealth of experience in understanding the intricacies of businesses, particularly the complexity and diversity businesses face through a changing climate. She now brings her unique focus on building commercial collaborations to solve environmental and social challenges to the Te Tauihu business community.

Katrina Kidson

Katrina Kidson - Trust Chair

Katrina is a business coach and mentor in Nelson, helping people be happier at work. She works with leaders to support them and their teams create a more enlightening and enjoyable work experience, while improving business performance.

Florence Van Dyke, Business for Climate Action

Florence Van Dyke - Trustee

Florence is the co-founder of Chia Sisters, a zero carbon juicery in Nelson. Florence was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 List for her work in climate change and business and is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Florence is a lawyer by training, previously working at Bell Gully and the United Nations.

Bruce Gilkison, Business for Climate Action

Bruce Gilkison - Trustee

Bruce is a chartered accountant and writer. He has promoted greater environmental focus in business over several decades, and is currently active in Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman and the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum.

The Start-Up Team

Spawning from personal experience at Chia Sisters, community aspirations revealed through the Te Tauihu Intergenerational Strategy and a uniting belief that our regional businesses are awesome, BCA came into existence through the hardwork and dedication of the following people.

Thank you for your incredible efforts!

  • Claire Keeling
  • Florence Van Dyke
  • Chloe Van Dyke
  • Bruce Gilkison 
  • Katrina Kidson
  • Johny O’Donnell
  • Caitlin Attenburrow 
  • Ali Boswijk
  • Ellie Young
  • Stacey Fellows

BCA thanks Nelson City Council for their support and seed funding for this initiative.

Who we are connected with

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce logo
Te Tauihu Intergenerational Study logo
Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman logo
Nelson Tasman Climate Forum logo
Nelson City Council logo

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