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Our commitments and partnerships

Through global and regional commitments and partnerships we collaborate with other leaders to create positive change.

Climate Action 100+

In 2018, BT signed on to Climate Action 100+, a global investor initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change.

Find out more on Climate Action 100+

Montreal Carbon Pledge

In September 2014, our wealth management business signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, which commits investors to measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios on an annual basis. It is supported by the Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative.

Find out more on the Montreal Carbon Pledge

Paris Agreement

We were the first Australian bank to commit managing our business in line with the Paris Agreement in 2015. Since then, we have released our Climate Change Position Statement and Action Plan that outlines the next phase of actions we are taking to meet our commitments in line with the Paris Agreement.

RE100

As one of the first Australian companies to make this commitment, we became a member of RE100, a global leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, bringing together the world’s most influential businesses who have committed to go 100% renewable.

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Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative

In 2021, Westpac joined the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI). Convened by independent not-for-profit bodies Climateworks Centre and Climate-KIC Australia, Australian Industry ETI brings together leaders from industry, business and government agencies to coordinate learning and action on net zero emissions supply chains.

This pioneering initiative convenes Australian leaders to collectively explore and address the challenges associated with climate change.

The Australian Industry ETI runs until June 2022, with publications at intervals throughout.

Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures

Westpac joined the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosure Forum, a collaboration of more than 350 international members aiming to support a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes.

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The Equator Principles

In 2003, Westpac was one of 10 founding signatories globally to the Equator Principles, a risk management framework adopted by financial institutions for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects. We apply the Equator Principles to:

  • all project finance transactions where capital costs exceed US$10m
  • project-related corporate loans and bridge loans
  • project-related refinance or project-related acquisition finance

To meet our commitments we apply a detailed process of assessment against the Equator Principles requirements and implications of each project, and the Head of Project Finance (or a senior delegate) is required to sign off on the assessment of each project finance transaction against the Principles.

View our annual reporting against the Equator Principles in our Performance Reports

Find out more on our commitment to the Equator Principles

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

In 1992, Westpac was a founding signatory to the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative. This is a global partnership between UNEP and over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, working together to understand the impacts of environment and social considerations on financial performance.

Find out more about the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative - Principles for Responsible Banking

In May 2018, Westpac joined 25 other leading banks from five continents to develop shared principles, aligning the purpose of banking with delivering against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Find out more about the Principles for Responsible Banking

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative - Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

In 2018, Westpac, Westpac New Zealand and BT signed the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge.

UN Global Compact

In 2002, Westpac became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, an initiative to align signatories' strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. In 2016, through its participation in the UN Global Compact, Westpac signed a statement of support for the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals which lay out an ambitious path to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet over the next 15 years.

Visit the UN Global Compact website

View our Statement of Support for the Sustainable Development Goals

View our UN Global Compact Communication of Progress reports in Performance Reports

UN Principles for Responsible Investment

In 2007, our wealth management business became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, which commit institutional investors to incorporate environmental, social and governance considerations into investment analysis, decision making and ownership priorities.

Visit the UNPRI website, which contains our reporting against the principles