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Westpac announced range of initiatives to grow a greener, healthier New Zealand

Westpac NZ has become New Zealand’s first carbonzero certified bank, and announced a range of new products, initiatives and milestones to help our customers and our business tackle climate change.

$1.8 million in scholarships awarded to 15 bright young Australians investigating solutions to global challenges

Next generation solar technology, futureproofing farmers’ crops from climate change, and better understanding the genetics behind Autism Spectrum Disorder are just three of 15 research projects a group of outstanding postgraduate students will be undertaking with the support of Westpac Scholars Trust.

Sustainable finance primed for key climate role

The increased frequency of natural disasters means it is increasingly important sustainable financing solutions scale and while it’s early days in the Asia Pacific, our new report shows positive signs abound.

Ten social innovators receive $50,000 fellowship to invest in their leadership potential.

Ten extraordinary Australians have been recognised for their leadership potential in driving social impact in Australia, with each receiving a fellowship of up to $50,000 from Westpac Scholars Trust to invest in their personal and professional development.

More of the same isn’t an option

With the bushfires upping the spotlight on the risk natural disasters are becoming more frequent, it’s heartening to see more corporates step up to the climate change challenge despite mixed actions from governments.

Inside the $US10 trillion climate opportunity

A new report claims there’s up to $US10 billion of earnings “up for grabs” for companies and investors who put their cash towards the decarbonisation game, laying out which technologies will be the big winners.

Bushfire support now – and the recovery to come

With fires continuing across several states, it’s clear we need to support affected communities both now and in ways that help the recovery, which is why we’re rolling out a Bushfire Recovery Support Package.

Westpac NZ and Contact Energy agree first sustainability-linked loan

Westpac NZ and Contact Energy have entered into a $50 million, four-year sustainability-linked loan facility, the first such loan issued by Westpac NZ and one of the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Making progress on our 2020 Sustainability Strategy in Westpac Group’s 2019 Sustainability Performance Report

Westpac Group today released its 2019 Sustainability Performance Report as part of its broader annual reporting suite.