Sustainability

We’ve been part of the Western Australian community for more than 125 years. We’re committed to improving the financial wellbeing of our customers and communities across the country.

Our sustainability pillars

Our approach to sustainability focuses on supporting vulnerable customers through transparent and responsible business practices.

Our customers and community

We’re driven to create meaningful change for vulnerable homeowners through volunteering opportunities with partners focused on supporting those in financial need and at risk of domestic and financial abuse.

We share unique community insights and trends to help build awareness of issues facing vulnerable homeowners and to support the work of our key partners.

We proactively engage stakeholders across government, industry, and community groups to deliver insights that highlight issues facing vulnerable homeowners, to influence policy and create meaningful change.

Our people

We were founded in 1895 on Noongar Country. We’re dedicated to advancing reconciliation in Australia, with Bankwest locations now spanning 29 Aboriginal peoples’ lands across 11 nations.

Our cultural awareness initiatives and Inclusion @ Bankwest networks reflect our devotion to ensuring all our colleagues feel safe to bring their whole selves to work.

More than 3000 of our colleagues call WA home. We’re committed to supporting our communities through volunteering, partnerships, and research insights.

Good business practice

We embrace our role in contributing to a strong economy and resilient communities, through transparent and responsible practices.

Our contribution of economic insights by the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre and our continual improvement of business practices ensures we are supporting a transition to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

Being a part of the CBA Group enables us to access the environmental, social, and governance expertise and initiatives of Australia’s largest financial services provider, supporting our work in areas of climate action, responsible lending, and addressing modern slavery.

Supporting reconciliation

We're committed to advancing reconciliation in Australia. We’ve introduced initiatives to broaden understanding of Indigenous peoples such as eLearning modules, cultural awareness training for colleagues and installing Acknowledgement of Country signage in all branches and the Bankwest Place foyer.

Koort Waangkiny

Our hearts are speaking

Our internal network is Koort Waangkiny, which means 'our hearts are speaking' or 'heart stories' in Noongar.

Koort Waangkiny gives a voice to our employees in how and what we focus on towards reconciliation. It supports information sharing and contributes to building an awareness and understanding of First Australians' culture and history.

Perth-based Yawuru (Kimberley region) artist Justine Kinney designed a bespoke logo for Koort Waangkiny, which now also adorns our colleague uniform.

Indigenous Customer Assistance Line (ICAL)​

Better banking access

ICAL is dedicated to providing better banking access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers.​ ICAL aims to improve the financial wellbeing of indigenous customers by providing a culturally sensitive ID process, an alternative solution for failed ID checks and Back Office Payment Transfers.

This ensures remote customers are not forced to travel hours to a branch in the event of a failed ID check. In some cases, money can be transferred to a friend or family member for withdrawal.

Jawun and CareerTrackers

Supporting development

We’ve formed partnerships with Jawun and CareerTrackers to support the development, learnings, and growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people, and our colleagues.​

A secondment program with Jawun provides Bankwest colleagues, who have been identified as possessing specific and desired skills required to support projects in indigenous organisations, a secondment opportunity with that organisation.

We also support CareerTrackers through an internship program providing – placements for Indigenous students to broaden their workplace experience and help set them up for success in the professional world.

Our partnerships

Creating a positive social impact for our customers and communities by investing in strategic and relevant partnerships.

Volunteering

Our volunteering partnerships and two days' paid volunteer leave, enable colleagues to make a positive difference in the community.

Advocacy

We work with government to tackle domestic and financial abuse and improve the financial wellbeing of our customers and community.

Research that matters

We fund research partnerships focussed on vulnerable homeowners and creating meaningful change.

We believe in equality and inclusion

We all deserve equal access to opportunity to help us reach our potential.

Want to get in touch?

If you’d like to contact us about our contributions to the community, we’d love to hear from you.​