Supporting Australia’s transition

  • We’re focused on supporting our clients as they chart their transition to a sustainable economy and ensure their business and operations are fit for the future – more resilient, sustainable and inclusive.

    Our team works across the Institutional Bank to deliver sustainable financing solutions that support our customers in taking actions that drive better environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes, and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

    Sustainable finance can be applied across all sectors and ecosystems. From retail, healthcare, waste management and agriculture through to social infrastructure, commercial property, or natural resources, we can tailor a suitable solution to any organisation committed to delivering improved environmental or social outcomes. Connecting capital to borrowers committed to making a positive impact will strengthen your business’ ties with stakeholders and the broader community.

Sustainable finance explained

What makes a loan or bond 'green'?

Green loans and bonds are some of the most popular sustainable finance instruments, but what does the ‘green’ label signify? Madeleine Harmer, Senior Associate, Sustainable Finance, delves into what it takes to earn a green label and why these instruments help advance Australia’s transition.

Why choose sustainability-linked loans or bonds?

Sustainability-linked loans and bonds have become an attractive funding option for institutions seeking to align their financial and sustainability strategies. Drew Lanyon, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, explores the mechanics of these structures and how they advance Australia toward a more sustainable future.

Get insights from Momentum 2022 - CommBank's sustainability conference

Explore a host of sustainability content and learn about various ideas and solutions that can help to accelerate Australia’s transition to a brighter, more sustainable future.

Discover Momentum

Sustainability thought leadership

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. At our inaugural sustainability conference, leaders across industry, science and investment discussed the risks and opportunities as the world transitions to a net-zero economy.

Realise the opportunity: understanding mandatory climate-related financial reporting

Mandatory climate-related financial disclosures will likely be rolled out for many large organisations from January 2025. 

Read more about mandatory climate related financial reporting

Sustainable finance puts biodiversity in focus

How CommBank's sustainable finance helps First Nations and business partner to protect biodiversity.

Learn more about sustainable finance puts biodiversity in focus

Mapping Australia's path to transition

CommBank is committed to supporting Australia’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050. Sally Reid, Executive General Manager – Global Client Solutions, outlines five focus areas where our customers can take actionable steps today to bring us closer to that goal.  

We outline five actionable steps that can bring Australia closer towards its net zero goal

Will higher funding costs impact sustainable finance?

Access to capital is a critical component of achieving the global task of transitioning to a low carbon economy. After a period of prolonged stability in global markets we are seeing significant changes in capital markets in 2022.

Learn about funding costs impacting sustainable finance


Getting to net zero: a clear pathway

To play its part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Australia must commit to reaching net zero emissions. The task, while monumental, is achievable – and business has a crucial role to play. 

Hear from ClimateWorks

Dr Alan Finkel and the pathway to net-zero

As Australia formally commits to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, government adviser and former chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel sets out the roadmap and explains why he remains optimistic about the future. 

Getting to net zero

Fuelling the future with green hydrogen

Green hydrogen is an important fuel of the future to assist in the transition to net zero emissions. Australia has the potential to be a leading producer if it moves quickly and invests in the infrastructure required to produce at scale.

Learn more about the green hydrogen revolution

How leading businesses are harnessing ESG practices to reach net zero

As stakeholders and customers continue to push corporate Australia to ramp up – and reveal – their ESG policies, four Australian companies explain how they’re already transitioning to a more sustainable future.

Learn how key business are leading the way on ESG

Investing in a sustainable future

Institutional investors play a vital role in helping carbon intensive businesses transition to long-term sustainability, supporting the broader global economic recovery and transition to a low carbon future.

Learn what’s important to investors

Carbon markets: collaborating to unlock a US$1tn global opportunity

Carbon pricing will be a key instrument for de-carbonisation, driving the lowest cost abatement across the economy, ensuring polluters pay and supporting investment in technology and innovation. Australia has a unique opportunity to participate. 

Learn more about carbon markets

Cobram Estate forges a future with sustainability at its core

A leading producer of extra virgin olive oil in Australia, Cobram Estate is blazing a trail in sustainable agricultural production – and creating a pathway towards net zero emissions for other agribusinesses to follow.

Read Cobram Estate's story

Creating deeper partnerships with Indigenous businesses 

As Australian businesses seek to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into their everyday operations, an increasing number are building long-term partnerships with Indigenous-owned businesses. 

Explore how you can drive Indigenous businesses forward

Royal Adelaide Hospital loan raises bar on sustainability

Australia’s first sustainability loan demonstrates how smart financing can help drive Australia’s transition to a more sustainable future.

Learn more about the hospital's plans

Tapping hydrogen to decarbonise the economy

Hydrogen has been considered an expensive new energy option, but as the countdown to net zero emissions grows globally, it’s attracting renewed interest.

The CommBank Global Economic and Markets Research team explains

The case for a circular economy

Commonwealth Bank economists and industry leaders recently discussed how business and consumers can make the switch to a more sustainable circular economy.

Learn how a circular economy can build a sustainable future

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