Volunteers have planted more than 25,000 trees along New Zealand waterways this year as part of Sustainable Coastlines and ANZ’s Love Your Water Tour.
Despite COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions on gatherings, 550 volunteers gave over 3,000 hours of their time towards planting trees to support Sustainable Coastlines and their environmental goals.
Stuart McKinnon, ANZ’s Managing Director for Institutional, said cleaning up New Zealand’s waterways was a big challenge and an issue that effects everyone.
“Whether it’s in a leadership role across the community, our commitment to sustainable financing, or taking part in volunteer planting days, we’re keen to play our part in helping shape a more sustainable future,” Mr. McKinnon said.
“All the large corporates in New Zealand are thinking about climate change and our impact on the environment. Many of our customers are well underway with their plans to transition to more sustainable business practices.”
Mr. McKinnon said financial institutions like ANZ play a key role in the transition to a more sustainable economy.
“It is important we take a long term view. We have to balance the needs of our customer's right now with how we invest and grow a sustainable business community for the future.”