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Major Companies Group (MCG)

BusinessNZ's Major Companies Group (MCG) helps ensure that New Zealand's largest companies are heard in policy, business and economic debate.

The MCG is a working group with a collective weight of influence that enables it to provide strong counsel to government and other key decision makers.

More than 50 members, representing a large proportion of New Zealand's GDP, have joined the MCG since its establishment in 2008.

Membership of the MCG provides:

  • Access to specialised policy forums
  • Contribution to research and policy development
  • Specialist independent policy advice
  • An opportunity to engage in influencing the political and regulatory business framework
  • National and regional representation

The work of the Major Company Group is carried out within the overarching governance of the BusinessNZ Council.

MCG Forums

Forums focusing on key issues for the country's leading companies provide an opportunity to discuss and develop proposed policy, find consensus and present options to decisions makers. Forum topics include regulatory issues, trade, energy, environment, climate change, skills and training, corporate affairs, employment relations and the sustainable business programme. The MCG also facilitates a CEO forum which meets biannually.

Current Membership

ACC, Air New Zealand, ANZ National Financial Group, ASB Bank, Auckland International Airport, Axa New Zealand, Ballance Agri Nutrients, Bank of New Zealand, Beca Carter, BP, Chevron, Contact Energy, Carter Holt Harvey, Deutsche Bank, Downer EDI, Fonterra, Foodstuffs, Fletcher Building, Genesis Energy, Harcourts New Zealand, HSBC, IAG New Zealand, Industrial Research Limited, Kiwi Rail, Landcare Research, Lion Nathan, Meridian Energy, Methanex NZ, Microsoft, Mighty River, New Zealand Post, NZ Refining, Opus International Consulting, Pan Pac, Ports of Tauranga, QBE Insurance, Rio Tinto, Sealord, Solid Energy, Spotless NZ, Telecom, Thales NZ, Toyota, The Warehouse, Transfield, Transpower, Shell, Silver Fern Farms, Sky City, Southern Cross Healthcare, Thales, Vodafone, Wellington Electricity, Westpac, Vector, Zespri

Research and Reports

Recent research and reports commissioned or contributed to by the MCG include:

  • Regulation and governance of electricity sector
  • Response to global financial crisis
  • Tax reform analysis
  • Emissions Trading Scheme

To find out about joining the MCG contact Phil Love, Manager Major Companies Group.

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