We’re committed to playing our part in limiting climate change to well below two degrees in line with the Paris Agreement and supporting the responsible global transition to net zero emissions by 2050.
We’re continuously evolving our lending practices. Since becoming a signatory to the Equator Principles III and introducing our nine Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lending Commitments in 2014, we’ve been working to embed our approach to responsible lending in all our business lending.
We see responsible investment as a matter of stewardship – the careful and responsible execution of the investing-related duties entrusted to us by our customers and clients.
Our support for diverse suppliers through responsible procurement takes many forms, from ensuring our suppliers are assessed on criteria such as Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) to requiring all employees to adopt strategies for avoiding unnecessary consumption.
Our respect for human rights is reaffirmed in our commitments in our Environmental and Social Framework. We are committed to minimising the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains, and report on our actions in an annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement.
We’ve been measuring, reducing and reporting on our environmental footprint since 2001 and recognise we play a role in limiting climate change by improving the environmental efficiency of our operations. We’re proud to be the first bank to begin rolling out solar panels across our branches.