Culture of giving
Helping communities to thrive is entrenched in our organisation's culture and business model.
We've cultivated our approach over many decades because we recognise the positive impact we can have on communities while creating value for our business. We encourage a culture of giving through a number of initiatives.
Skilled and general volunteering
Our employees are actively involved in volunteering their skills and time to organisations in their local communities. We support them by providing paid community leave and flexible working conditions.
Current skilled volunteering opportunities include:
Jawun Indigenous Corporate Secondments
Employees are seconded to Indigenous Australian community organisations for an agreed period of time, usually six weeks, to share their skills and contribute to building the sustainability of those organisations.
Westpac Foundation partner mentoring opportunities
Employees volunteer to share their expertise with social enterprises which are backed by Westpac Foundation. This may take the form of regular mentoring or one off project support depending on the need of the organisation.
Volunteering positions are advertised to employees internally on our volunteer matching platform. Employees register on the platform to be notified of opportunities that match their preferences.
Matching Gifts: doubling employees' charitable donations
Every dollar donated by our employees to Australian-based, registered charities is matched by Westpac Group. Our people hand-pick the charities they wish to support, and Westpac Group matches their donations, dollar-for-dollar. We believe this is one of the most democratic ways of allocating our philanthropic contributions.
Our Matching Gifts program was the first of its kind among Australian banks, having been formed in December 1998. Our Matching Gifts program creates significant value - it's a source of pride for our people; it also helps to build stronger communities by supporting charities right across Australia which deliver important social services to so many people.