It’s Earth Hour this Saturday, and as well as dimming the lights at ANZ sites across the country, the bank has also been exploring more sustainable ways of dressing its employees.
Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and began as a one-off event in Sydney in 2007 – now more than 7000 cities and towns across 187 countries participate.
ANZ New Zealand will be taking part again this year and will heavily reduce internal lighting, as well as turning off external signage across its major corporate sites – like the ANZ sign atop its headquarters in Auckland – between 8.30pm-9.30pm.
As well as this symbolic effort, ANZ has been working on stepping up its sustainability efforts in real terms.
ANZ has more than 10,000 uniformed employees globally, and each of those uniforms may be made up of 18 different items – and they’re refreshed each year.
ANZ’s Global Wardrobe Team has been working to reduce the environmental footprint of its uniforms by reducing waste and looking at ways to re-use those uniforms.
Sonya Mitchell, ANZ New Zealand’s representative on the ANZ Sustainability working Group, said the efforts to reduce uniform waste were partially driven by feedback from staff.