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Westpac Scholars bringing big ideas to life

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation has welcomed more than 300 Westpac Scholars who are tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, innovators and pioneers. We’re proud to share with you our first Impact Report that outlines the progress we’re making.

Westpac Foundation announces 2018 social enterprise grant recipients

Westpac Foundation has announced its 2018 social enterprise grant recipients, recognising four organisations that together are forecast to create over 1,250 jobs and employment pathways for vulnerable Australians over the next three years.

Westpac is one of 28 banks part of the UN Environment Finance Initiative to launch draft Principles for Responsible Banking in Paris today

Today, Westpac joins 27 banks from around the world at the United Nations Environment Finance Initiative’s (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable in Paris to launch the draft Principles for Responsible Banking for global public consultation.

Westpac launches world’s first certified Green Tailored Deposit

Westpac today announced the launch of the world’s first Green Tailored Deposit to be certified by the internationally recognised Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

Enhanced climate change and human rights disclosures in Westpac Group 2018 Sustainability Performance Report

Westpac Group today released its 2018 Sustainability Performance Report as part of its broader annual reporting suite. The report provides insights into Westpac Group’s sustainability performance across a series of social, environmental and economic performance indicators over the 2018 financial year.

Westpac Foundation Community Grants to help 30,000 Australians in need

This week, Westpac Foundation awarded $2 million in Community Grants to 200 not-for-profit organisations making a difference in their local communities. Through the projects funded, it is estimated that the grants will touch the lives of approximately 30,000 Australians around the country.

Westpac Scholarship Program strengthens ties with Asia

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is encouraging aspiring leaders who are passionate about strengthening ties with Asia to apply for the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation welcomes two new university partners.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation today announced new partnerships with Western Sydney University and Murdoch University to support the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship, alongside three existing partners – University of Wollongong, RMIT and Queensland University of Technology.

20 years of Westpac Group’s Matching Gifts program

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Westpac Group’s Matching Gifts program, which matches employee donations to eligible Australian charities dollar for dollar. During that time, Westpac and our employees have collectively donated $60 million to more than 2,000 charities across Australia with over 50% of employees participating in program each year.