Make Your Money Planet Strong
1 Million Women have teamed up with Bank Australia to highlight that the bank you choose can actually have a positive impact on the environment.
We often forget about the ways that we are indirectly supporting the fossil fuel industry. We switched over to Bank Australia so that we know for sure that our money is going towards good things.
What makes Bank Australia different from the other banks?
Bank Australia is one of Australia's few customer-owned banks.
- Being customer owned means they don't have shareholders, so they're able to deliver better rates and fees to their customers and invest in the positive social and environmental projects that customers believe in. Basically, each Bank Australia customer is a shareholder, which means that customers have a real say in how the bank is run, including a vote on directors' salaries and a say in where the bank invests profits.
- They offer all the products and services expected of a bank while providing Australians with an ethical choice for where they put their money.
What does Bank Australia do to make the world a better place?
Bank Australia believe they have a responsibility to people, the planet and to prosperity. They are working to create a healthier planet by refusing to lend money to the fossil fuel industry, including coal and coal seam gas projects. They've also committed to switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and have been carbon neutral since 2011. On top of all that, they run their own Conservation Reserve - a world-first for a bank - where they plant trees and protect the habitat of 13 threatened species.
Bank Australia are also working to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians through their Reconciliation Action Plan. This includes providing scholarships and supporting the CSIRO's science pathways for Indigenous Communities program which pairs communities' Indigenous ecological knowledge with Western science to teach students about the local environment.