Throughout ANZ, employees participate in initiatives that help achieve our environmental targets. Awareness of our environmental targets is built into our strategic health, safety and environment plans and awareness campaigns are run to promote key initiatives to reduce ANZ's resource consumption. We also help to educate employees through training and communications on particular environmental issues.

Engaging with our stakeholders

Our goal is to reduce our long-term impact on the environment. Key to our success is engaging with stakeholders to better understand current and future pressures on the environment, and also share our own learning and experience to advance environmental sustainability with our peers.

Our headquarters, ANZ Centre based in Melbourne’s Docklands was designed to be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings and has been awarded the ‘6 Star Green Star’ Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Since opening, ANZ Centre has attracted significant interest from external parties including builders, architects, governments and educators, with hundreds of people visiting the Centre in the past year to learn more about these features and how they can implement similar initiatives in their own properties.

ANZ also works with stakeholders to better understand the impacts of climate change. This includes risks and opportunities for the community, our customers and clients and for the Bank itself. These partnerships allow us to harness a source of market intelligence, consider and develop practical business solutions to a very complex issue. 

Engaging with our employees

Our employees play an important role in helping ANZ in achieving its environmental targets, while also reducing their own impact on the environment.

12,000 of our employees have been through training that directly supports responsible decision making in their roles or strengthens ANZ’s approach to managing environmental impacts.  For example, our sourcing category managers across the region have attended specific training designed to assist them in identifying the social and environmental issues relevant in their sourcing categories. Our senior Institutional bankers have also attended training on transaction level decision making. Both of these courses have been delivered in partnership with industry experts and NGOs.

We also actively encourage our employees to participate in our volunteering and payroll giving programs, with many employees choosing to volunteer or make a contribution to a range of environment and conservation organisations such as Greening Australia and WWF.

Earth Hour

For the fifth consecutive year ANZ sites in Australia, New Zealand and a number of locations in the Asia Pacific region took part in Earth Hour 2011, switching off non-essential lights for an hour on 26 March. This event supports our focus on reducing our environmental footprint.

Partnering with WWF-Australia

ANZ’s Institutional division has a partnership with WWF-Australia that is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the environmental sustainability issues that impact the sectors and geographies we operate in and the clients we serve. The following three programs of work will be implemented globally over the duration of the partnership:

Programs Goal
Awareness
  • Aims to raise ANZ Institutional’s awareness of environmental sustainability issues in the sectors and geographies in which Institutional operates, including issues with potential impact on clients and ANZ Institutional’s business.
  • The program includes briefings on current emerging issues for senior Institutional management.
Education
  • WWF-Australia will work with ANZ Institutional in developing specific training programs aimed at enhancing the consideration and understanding of sustainability issues in ANZ Institutional’s decision making.
  • The program includes training for key Institutional employees working in high environmental risk sectors.
Information
  • The program includes the development of sector/geography information sheets on environmental issues relevant to Institutional and our clients.
  • The program also aims to utilise WWF-Australia as a source of reference to provide information on specific environmental sustainability issues relating to clients, transactions, sectors and jurisdictions.