Sustainable Banking

Australia’s largest retail banks – often known as the big four – have been praised as leaders in corporate sustainability reporting. Despite receiving numerous sustainability awards, a closer examination of their operations reveals a different picture.

This report looks at the social, environmental and governance performance of the big four banks and how it contrasts with their lauded efforts. The report recommends ways in which banks can be moved to go beyond the symbolic gestures and more authentically integrate sustainability into their operations.

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  • Introduction

    Recent controversies have stimulated public debate about the social and environmental responsibilities of the banking industry.
  • Voluntary Disclosures

    How do Australia’s big banks perform in sustainability reporting?
  • Responsible Finance

    Do the big four Australian banks provide responsible financial products and services?
  • Stakeholder Engagement

    How do Australia’s big banks engage with internal and external stakeholders?
  • Corporate Governance

    How does company leadership drive social and environmental objectives in Australia’s big banks?
  • Discussion and Findings

    How does the self-regulatory environment influence the sustainability performance of the big four banks?
  • Conclusion and Recommendations

    What changes are needed to move sustainability concerns to the centre of banking operations?