Celebrates decade of staff planting days with Parklands Albury Wodonga

"We See the Big in You" 

For the past decade, Hume Bank (previously Hume Building Society) staff have rolled up their sleeves on the second Sunday of September to plant trees and shrubs at around Gateway Island bush park to offset their annual vehicle carbon emissions. 

What was the initial interest in workplace volunteering?

As a local, community focused business, we at Hume believe that we have a responsibility to not only be environmentally sustainable, but to also show the community how to become more sustainable. By educating, promoting and actively becoming greener ourselves, we can help the community to ensure we help build a greener environment for our children.

Hume Bank was the foundation member of Parklands Albury Wodonga’s voluntary Growing Green Offset program.

What has been the benefit to Hume Bank’s business?

Cutting the 10th Anniversary Cake

Hume has been a part of the Albury-Wodonga region for over 55 years. There is a marketing alignment between the regional Hume Building Society and the regional Parklands Albury Wodonga.

The Parklands Albury Wodonga Growing Green project fits with Hume’s Sustainability Commitment to: “live responsibly to preserve our environment in consideration for both our current and future generations.”

Hume has won a number of awards in recent years, from NSW Business Chamber Regional Winner and State Finalist to Murray-Riverina Business’s Excellence in Sustainability Award. The Excellence in Sustainability award recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.

What has been the benefit to Hume Bank staff?

Hume Building Society staff have been bringing their friends and family to the annual Parklands Albury Wodonga Growing Green planting days for ten years. We are starting to see some of these young children as young adults heading off for tertiary studies, with a strong sense of belonging, connection to country and to community because of this hands-on involvement for so many years.

In 2013, Hume has awarded the Murray-Riverina Business’s Employer of Choice. The Employer of Choice award recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

The Hume Building Society sponsored water / chemical trailer spends considerable time on the roads driving to and from bush parks on a daily basis, providing visible recognition of this valuable partnership.

Hume Building Society has also benefited through sponsorship of various regional parklands map brochures.

For more information: www.humebank.com.au