In the spirit of Better September and next-level commitment, Westpac just won most sustainable bank in the world – and it’s not the first time.

Britomart tenant Westpac shared this week that this is the tenth time (and the fourth year in a row) the award for sustainable bank (globally) has had their name on it. Published by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Review, Westpac NZ Chief Executive David McLean says the accolade recognises the strong culture around sustainability issues that permeates every aspect of the Westpac business.

“Some people think sustainability is purely about environmental initiatives, but it’s also about addressing social and economic issues. We recently hosted the fifth annual Women of Influence Awards with Fairfax Media as a way of promoting the achievements of leading women. Similarly, we also champion diversity within the bank and now have more than half of our leadership roles held by women.”

Westpac’s performance was rated as strongest in the following areas: corporate citizenship, business risks and opportunities, environmental and social reporting, climate strategy, anti-crime policy, materiality and labour practices.

The DJSI RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment is the most widely accepted global evaluation of how companies manage and perform across social, economic and environmental dimensions and has become the reference point in sustainability investing. It assesses business management practices such as corporate governance, risk management, customer relations, human resources, corporate community investment, climate change mitigation and environmental performance.

Britomart would like to extend a huge congratulations to Westpac on this significant achievement.