We take an ethical approach to our investment strategy
Aligned with our purpose, the core focus and proposition of investment has always been on communities and community-based lending rather than on large corporations.
Community Bank model
Our Community Bank model sees revenues returned to communities in which those profits are generated, backed by local governance to ensure decisions are made ethically and sustainably.
Not lending directly to projects in the coal and coal seam gas sectors. We have taken a pragmatic approach that says it makes no sense to broaden its footprint by starting to do so.
Our Animal Welfare and Livestock Farming Policy Statement, which outlines our expectation of customers working with animals and livestock on farm. We always encourage, and where possible, positively influences sustainable farming practices across the agricultural supply chain, prioritising animal welfare and supporting sustainable livestock farming practices.
We expect customers to comply with animal welfare laws and commit to sustainable livestock farming practices and operate in accordance with our Animal Welfare and Livestock Farming Policy.
Socially responsible investment
We offer customers a socially responsible investment growth fund which is available for direct investment or via our Bendigo SmartStart Super product, issued by our subsidiary company Bendigo Superannuation Pty Ltd.
Certified by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, the Socially Responsible Growth Fund applies various environmental, social and governance scoring systems to allocate investment towards businesses that use better and improving practices.
A long-term investment for the socially conscious, the product limits or avoids companies with significant involvement in gambling, arms trade, or other activities that we consider having an adverse overall effect on the environment and human rights.
This also combines environmental, social, and corporate governance standards while striving for strong, long-term returns for investors.
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The Bendigo Centre
PO Box 480
Bendigo VIC 3552
Registered head office
The Bendigo Centre
Bendigo VIC 3550
F: 03 5485 7668