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Commitments and frameworks

Supporting sustainable development

We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and believe that business has an important role to play in their achievement. Our ESG targets support 11 of the 17 SDGs.

In 2019 we became a founding signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (the Principles). Under the Principles we are required to set at least two targets that address our most significant (potential) positive and negative impacts, aligned with the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We have reported our progress towards implementing the Principles, including the targets we have set, using the Reporting and Self-assessment Index, in our ESG reporting.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides an internationally accepted framework for reporting on an organisation's economic, environmental and social performance. We have used GRI sustainability reporting guidelines and standards in the development of our annual sustainability reports since 2006.

The GRI content index provides a comprehensive listing of the GRI indicators reported by ANZ and has been independently checked by our external assurance provider.

2020 Global Reporting Initiative Content Index (PDF 392kB)

UN Global Compact

We became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in 2010. Each year we complete a “Communication on Progress” which details our approach to performance against the Compact’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

2020 Communication on Progress (PDF 351kB)

Women's Empowerment Principles

The Women's Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact (UNGC), provide a set of considerations to help the private sector focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. We became a signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles in January 2016 and disclose performance against the principles in our annual UNGC Communication on Progress. 

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

UNEP FI is a partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector to mobilise private sector finance for sustainable development. UNEP FI works with more than 350 members – banks, insurers, and investors – and over 100 supporting institutions – to help accelerate sustainable finance.

ANZ has been a member since 2003.

UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking

ANZ is a founding signatory to the UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking (the Principles). The Principles provide a single framework that embeds sustainability at the strategic, portfolio and transactional levels and across all business areas, aligning banks with society’s goals as expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Target setting in the most material areas, and reporting publicly on progress, are key features of the Principles. We report on our progress through our annual ESG reporting. Further information is available here.

London Benchmarking Group

Since 2005, we have measured the dollar value of our community investment in accordance with the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) methodology, a global standard for reporting community investment.

In 2020, our community investment was AUD $139.5 million. In addition, we facilitated more than AUD $18.9 million in donations to community organisations through our employees, customers, shareholders, other partners and the general public through our digital giving platform, Shout for Good.

Further information is published in our annual ESG reporting.

2020 ESG Supplement

This report provides detailed information on ANZ’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and challenges.

View the 2020 ESG Supplement (PDF 18.6MB)

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