24 July 2019
Collaboration to help businesses address climate change challenges
Leading consultancies join forces for good
A new partnership between Porter Novelli New Zealand’s Sustainability Practice and Oxygen Consulting will provide
organisations with a full spectrum of sustainability services, from measurement and reporting to strategy,
communications and engagement.
The collaboration has been announced to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC)
and today’s EMBARK conference, a one-day event to empower business action on climate change. The CLC brings businesses
together to accelerate the transition to a low carbon environment - Porter Novelli and Oxygen Consulting are both
members of the CLC and Sustainable Business Council.
James Walker, Executive Director – Sustainability at Porter Novelli, says the consultancy’s collaboration with Oxygen is
built on the cooperative spirit of the CLC.
“The Climate Leaders Coalition was founded on the concept that businesses need to come together with a shared vision,
and cooperate to meet the challenges presented by climate change. Porter Novelli and Oxygen will work together to
provide advice to businesses on how to develop their strategies, measure their progress and tell stories.
“We’re looking forward to combining our expertise in sustainability strategy, story-telling and engagement, with
Oxygen’s considerable experience in the setting measurable targets and reporting progress,” says James.
Oxygen Consulting is led by Sarah Holden, who has more than 15 years of experience working with organisations to map out
sustainability programmes, set targets and report on their progress.
Sarah says: “Combining our expertise at Oxygen with Porter Novelli’s experience in sustainability communications,
government relations, marketing and media, our partnership provides businesses with the best possible opportunity to get
the settings right and get their story heard.”
Porter Novelli and Oxygen Consulting seek to maximise organisations’ ability to implement sustainability practices and
then influence, advocate, share and partner with others.
James Walker will be speaking at EMBARK 2019 in Auckland.
For more information on Porter Novelli and Oxygen Consulting’s offering, contact James Walker at:
JamesW@porternovelli.kiwi and/or Sarah Holden at:
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About Porter Novelli New Zealand
Porter Novelli New Zealand is an award-winning public relations consultancy, offering communications, marketing,
strategy and sustainability services. Porter Novelli works with a range of clients, from global corporations to
government agencies, small businesses and not-for-profits.
The consultancy is part of a vibrant network of 45 advertising, communications and marketing agencies in New Zealand and
Australia, owned by the Clemenger Group. It has links with 100 Porter Novelli offices in 60 countries. Porter Novelli NZ
is a member of the Sustainable Business Council, Climate Leaders Coalition and is Rainbow Tick accredited.
About Oxygen Consulting
Oxygen Consulting enables organisations to maximise their long-term business performance by providing services that
strengthen social, environmental and economic outcomes. Oxygen Consulting’s services support all technical aspects of
the organisational sustainability journey, including materiality risk assessment, sustainability strategy and planning,
performance metrics and reporting, as well as organisation capability building.
Oxygen Consulting is a member of the Sustainable Business Council, the Sustainable Business Network, and the Climate
About Sarah Holden
Sarah Holden has more than 15 years of experience helping organisations achieve measurable success through business
sustainability. She has worked with a range of businesses including Westpac NZ, IAG NZ, Suncorp NZ, AA Insurance,
Allpress Espresso, Spark NZ, Naylor Love and CustomPak on the development and execution of sustainability and corporate
Sarah has a PhD in environmental and marine science and has been a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN)
Advisory Board and a Future Leader Alumni representative on the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) Advisory Board. She
has also served as a judge for the annual SBN Sustainable Business Awards. Sarah is a member of Al Gore’s Climate
Reality Leadership Corps.
About James Walker
James Walker leads Porter Novelli’s sustainability practice. James joined Porter Novelli from the Ministry for the
Environment, where he was on the senior leadership team, as Deputy Secretary Partnerships and Customers. James led the
Ministry’s public consultation on the development of the Zero Carbon Bill, the policy work to phase out single use
plastic bags and move to a circular economy.
Prior to his time in government, James was on the leadership team of Woolworths New Zealand. He was General Manager of
Corporate Affairs, a role in which he oversaw the organisation’s corporate reputation and sustainability strategy. He
worked on industry-defining initiatives around food waste; transgender transitioning policy for team; plastic shopping
bags; and transition out of caged eggs. James began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he
worked on international trade and environment issues. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Deputy Ambassador to the