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Pull Ya Socks Up, Wellington

Know a company that could be doing more for its people and planet? Is it yours?

Pull Ya Socks Up is a conversation on driving environmental and social change inside the workplace, held this August 7th in Wellington. It’s a free event for anyone in Wellington who’s interested in getting their workplace to do a bit more for the community and environment.

It’s also the first public event Step Changers has ever held - and we’re excited to meet you.


All the admin & details…

When? August 7th, 5.30pm start.

Where? Level 4, PWC Centre, 10 Waterloo Quay.

How much? Free entry, just grab a ticket.

What can I expect? A panel-lead conversation on great corporate social responsibility, some q + a on how to make it happen, and networking with others also interested in bringing great CSR to their workplace.

Bring your colleagues or your friends, or come on down by yourself. The Step Changers volunteer crew will be out in full force to keep you company.

Who’s speaking?

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Arzoo Syeddah, CSR expert and host for the panel.

Arzoo's interest in CSR started when she was with the United Nations in Geneva and working on issues of women and entrepreneurship. This led her to do her masters and eventually a doctorate in the different paradigms of CSR emerging in the business world. She is passionate about making CSR fun and easy to understand, as the concept impacts everyone. Arzoo has taught on CSR with a focus on sustainability in Europe and is keen to contribute to the narrative here in New Zealand through her collaboration with Step Changers.

Bron Thomson

Bron Thomson, CEO of Springload.

Bron is the founder and CEO of Springload, a highly successful digital design agency with a team of over 75 people in Wellington. She has worked with many high profile clients including a number of large banks in both NZ and Australia, the NZ Red Cross, multiple local and central Government agencies, international arts festivals, and many highly successful medium to large size corporations across NZ. Over the past 15 years, Springload has also collaborated with social enterprises on some very cool community initiatives, including The Good Registry and Press Patron, so we’ll be digging into the value of these partnerships a bit on the panel. Bron’s own strengths are in human-centred future thinking, and digital strategy.

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Grace Ashman, NZTE Sustainability Lead

In the early days of building a CSR and sustainability strategy for NZTE to promote, Grace offers a unique insight into bringing change to a large corporate and government agency. With reach extending to thousands of New Zealand exporters, Grace is passionate about sharing her learnings to date and about getting a corporate responsibility programme right from the start. Her background before NZTE also includes extensive volunteering work, promoting sustainable development in the fields of conservation, education and community development.

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Sam Bridgman, Sustainability Specialist with NZ Post

Sam is part of the Sustainability Team at NZ Post. He is responsible for driving, evolving and embedding the environmental aspect of the sustainability strategy. This includes focussing on decarbonisation, sustainable supply chain and sustainable packaging. He has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of sustainability roles and has worked with businesses large and small on topics such as strategy development, resource efficiency, carbon accounting and behaviour change. We’re keen to ask Sam his view on where sustainability sits within a CSR framework and to dig into any enviro-questions you may have for him.


Hosted by Step Changers, a volunteer-led movement dedicated to making great corporate social responsibility normal - and a whole lot better - in New Zealand. Supported by Karma Cola and Metro Marketing.