Sustainability at Heartland

Heartland is dedicated to sustainable practices which minimise its environmental impact, positively contribute to its communities and enhance the lives of its people and customers. Heartland’s sustainability strategy is built on three key pillars: social equity, environmental conservation and economic prosperity.

Download Heartland's 2021 sustainability update, or continue on to learn more about some of the organisation’s main achievements in the sustainability space.


Social equity

Caring for Heartland’s people, customers and community

  • The Manawa Ako internship programme saw its biggest cohort yet over summer 2020/21, with 45 participants joining the Heartland team for six weeks. Manawa Ako is designed to provide opportunities for the next generation of Māori and Pasifika to experience working in the financial sector and a corporate environment.
  • Heartland continues to focus on developing its future female leaders, welcoming a new cohort to its Kia Eke group, a support network and talent development programme for women at an earlier career stage. The Rangatahi (Youth) Advisory Board has also expanded, with women now making up 56% of the board.

Environmental conservation

Acting as kaitiaki of the natural environment

  • As a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Heartland is measuring and publishing its GHG emissions and has set a reduction target of 35% over the next five years. Read more about our GHG reduction progress in the articles below.
  • The Heartland Green Team was established in 2020, consisting of Heartland employees who are keen to spearhead sustainability initiatives, both internally within the company and externally to suppliers and customers.

Economic prosperity

Creating sustainable economic outcomes for our stakeholders

  • The Heartland team developed a financial literacy programme targeted at New Zealand school leavers, seeking to bridge gaps in financial literacy.
  • In response to COVID-19, Heartland launched a product called Heartland Extend designed to give Business and Consumer loan customers the flexibility to increase or decrease their repayment amounts to reflect their current situation.



Heartland announces 17% reduction in GHG emissions for FY2020

Posted 05th October 2021

Heartland’s mandatory GHG emissions reported for FY2020 were 955 tCO2e – this is an absolute reduction of 17% from the 1,157 tCO2e reported for FY2019.

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Heartland shares Sustainability Journey for FY2021

Posted 28th September 2021

As part of the FY2021 Annual Report, Heartland has shared some goals and updates around sustainability, including the organisation's latest GHG emissions reduction figures.

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Peugeot and Citroen partner with Heartland exclusively to make EV ownership more accessible for everyone

Posted 13th July 2021

Heartland has partnered with Auto Distributors NZ Limited (ADNZ), the importers and distributors of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles in New Zealand, to launch iOWN, which aims to make owning EVs easier than ever before.

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Heartland announces its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets

Posted 31st March 2021

Heartland is pleased to announce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets – an important milestone towards the sustainability goals published in its FY2020 Annual Report.

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Heartland’s women challenge gender stereotypes

Posted 26th February 2021

Heartland is committed to supporting social equity initiatives at all levels of the organisation to foster diversity, including our work towards gender balance and inclusivity.

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Heartland welcomes new members to the Rangatahi (Youth) Advisory Board

Posted 02nd February 2021

Heartland is pleased to announce that eight new members have been accepted to its Rangatahi (Youth) Advisory Board, bringing the board to 16 members.

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Heartland establishes internal Green Team

Posted 03rd December 2020

To help us reach our sustainability goals, we’ve established a Green Team made up of Heartland employees who are passionate about the environment.

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Heartland's commitment to Māori culture

Posted 15th September 2020

Heartland believes it’s important to acknowledge Māori culture within the workplace. We recognise that when we get it right for Māori, we build a foundation to improve the social equity of our workplace.

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