As individuals we can all play a role in reducing waste and water use and increasing recycling. This was the ambition of a group of volunteers from different areas of Bankwest who collaborated in January 2017 to build awareness and educate their colleagues on how to work more sustainably.
The Sustainable Workplace Group’s initial focus has been on reducing waste and increasing recycling. Activities have included a visit to the company that recycles the head office’s cardboard and the implementation of improved recycling facilities for, among other things, batteries and coffee pods. So far in Bankwest Place 141kg of batteries have been recycled.
In our effort to work more sustainably Bankwest also supports important global events such as Earth Hour and Plastic Free July when individuals across the business are encouraged to take the pledge and refuse to use plastic for a day, week or a month. More recently, the bank partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful to provide staff volunteering opportunities with its community clean up and adopt-a-spot programs.