Our Kaupapa

The world’s climate challenges are great, and they cannot be solved without unleashing the vast human, financial, and innovative resources of business. It takes deliberate and coordinated effort, which is why Businesses for Climate Action was formed.

BCA fosters climate solutions for businesses across Te Tauihu (top of the South). Through our free, open source and open access approach, we support a just and inclusive transition for all businesses.  Yes, from an individual business perspective some of us have a long way to go, many of us have limited resourcing and commercial solutions may not even exist yet. But it doesn’t mean we all must wait to act. Every single business can do something.

In doing so, we togther generate a resilient economy that supports our people, places, community and businesses to thrive.

Our Team

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.

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.

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

Thank you for your incredible efforts!

We are grateful for the generous contribution of time and resources from the following:

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

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