We are proud to announce that Queensland Country Bank has been formally accepted as a participant of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices.

Chief Executive Officer Aaron Newman said Queensland Country are extremely proud to join the growing number of companies globally who have committed to taking responsible business action to create a more sustainable future for the next generation and adhere to the UN Global Compacts Ten Principles.

“The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr Newman says.

“As a member of the UN Global Compact Network Australia, our staff are able to access learning academy resources, attend roundtable discussions with other like-minded professionals nationally and participate in Accelerator programs.

“This knowledge exchange will further their professional development to assist with implementing the Ten Principles into our daily business practises and ensure we remain accountable for our actions.”

Mr Newman says joining the UN Global Compact will provide a framework and accountability practices to think globally while acting locally.

“We’ve been caring about our people and communities since our inception fifty years ago, but this is the start of our journey in formalising our processes to become more accountable and transparent in our environmental and social commitments,” he says.

“Small steps by many of us can achieve lasting change, and our staff are leading the way to implement sustainability initiatives state-wide throughout our contact centres and branches.

“We’ve begun transitioning our fleet vehicles to electric & hybrid electric, installed solar in our owned locations, increased our electronic record keeping processes and implemented new software to reduce our paper usage and will continue to seek ways to reduce our environmental impact.

“As a member-owned organisation, it’s in our DNA to help others live better, so it just makes sense that we would align our operations and strategies with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and take a shared responsibility to achieve a better world for all.”