This September across Summerland, we are celebrating Sustainability Month. Everything we do at Summerland is towards making a difference in the lives of our families, our customers and the community, which is why we have dedicated a whole month to supporting one of our values – sustainability.
During the month, we will showcase the many and varied elements that affect the way we make a difference to the lives of our customers and communities. This covers four sustainable pillars:
Our commitment to gender equality
- In July 2018 we committed to the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program and are one of the first in our region to do so. Summerland supports the safety and wellbeing of all employees and has a zero tolerance policy for bullying, harassment or discrimination
- Summerland’s values align closely with the White Ribbon vision – A nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.
- Respect is one of our core values and respectful relationships are the foundation of our culture. This is reflected in our Mission, Guiding Principles and Shared Beliefs
- The Workplace Accreditation Program is an 18 month process ensuring workplaces meet 15 criteria under three distinct standards, developing organisational culture, policies and procedures to uphold the standards for a safe, supportive and respectful workplace
- There is a high percentage of female senior managers, executives and CEO within our organisation
Our commitment to climate action
- In November 2008 we joined the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program and are the first business on the NSW North Coast to reach Silver Partner accreditation. We are actively working towards Gold Partner accreditation.
- We’ve implemented over 200 separate initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment through reducing, recycling and changing behaviours & processes
- We utilise local suppliers wherever possible
- Installed solar panels on Lismore’s head office building
- Invested in hybrid vehicles
- The Board of Directors have endorsed a NO CSG/fossil fuel investment position
- Introduced Eco Loans to provide incentives for people to invest in environmentally-sustainable products
- Donate funds to support local environmental initiatives
- We reduced the quantity used of fuel, electricity and paper
Our commitment to sustainable communities
- We offer community sponsorship grants and donations to not-for-profit organisations
- Random Acts of Kindness are offered to help people facing hardship
- $40,000 in business grants were made available to local businesses following the 2017 floods
- Our Business Boost program assists our customers promote and grow their business
- Our Cash4Clubs and Cash4aCause programs give back much needed financial support to local community organisations
- We support CUFA, by assisting people less fortunate than ourselves to fight poverty, improve their financial literacy and provide security for their families in south-east Asia and the South Pacific
- Our Volunteer Program supports staff to give their time for community groups/schools/clubs and other community activities
- We mentor other organisations to improve their own sustainable practices
Our commitment to our people
- Our Values, Beliefs, Principles and Strategic Pillars define the importance of our staff, customers and those in the community
- We are a financially strong business and customers deposits are protected by the Federal Government Guarantee
- Prudent decisions are made by our Board of Directors, Executive and staff within a highly regulated financial framework under the watchful eye of the Government regulator – the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority APRA
- Summerland adheres to a wide range of policies and procedures to look after the best interests of staff and customers. Examples include Responsible Lending, Security of branch staff, WH and S, Fraud detection, HR and more
Visit in branch, our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during September to find out more about how we are addressing these different aspects of sustainability and how you can get involved in your community.