Australia: CBA Launches Small Business Sustainability Action Tool

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) is launching a new tool to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to embed sustainability into their operations.

CBA’s new Sustainability Action Tool “provides insights into actions businesses can take to reduce their environmental impacts and lower costs.”

New CBA research shows “that the cost of becoming sustainable (61 per cent), finding sustainable suppliers (30 per cent) and a lack of time and resources (28 per cent) are the top pain points for SMEs seeking to embed sustainability into their business model.”

The CBA Sustainability Action Tool is designed “to help small business customers identify sustainable choices for their processes and operations and provide them a selection of resources and actions based on their responses to a few simple questions.”

The tool will initially focus “on energy, transport, and waste management and will be expanded in the coming months to include information on other sustainability topics such as supply chain management, product design and wellbeing.”

CBA Executive, Kerryn Saward, said:

“It’s clear small business owners have a strong interest in sustainability and are already implementing sustainable practices in their business. This is reinforced by our own data which shows small businesses continue to prioritize sustainability, with financing of electric vehicles for small businesses doubling year on year.  However small business owners are time poor and looking for more tangible and practical sustainability solutions that can be incorporated in their businesses easily, with minimal effort and time. They also want to be empowered with information and knowledge that can lead them in the right direction to aligning themselves with the right businesses.”

The CommBank Sustainability Action Tool will “enable small business owners to identify simple changes they can make today as well as larger scale work, that could have both a big impact on the environment and reduce business costs.”

Ms Saward said:

“This can include conducting an energy audit with your energy provider, switching to new and improved technology like cloud computing services, and learning about ways to reduce or dispose of hard-to-recycle waste.”

The first phase of the CommBank Sustainability Action Tool will “be rolled out in May to all NetBank users with ongoing new content to be added from July.”

The launch of the tool follows CBA’s recently launched Green Vehicle and Equipment Finance which “supports businesses of all sizes to invest in assets to improve sustainability and boost productivity.”

Alongside this, the Australian government’s extension of the Instant Asset Write-Off scheme as part of Budget 2023, “means small businesses with an annual turnover under $10 million can immediately deduct the full cost of eligible assets costing less than $20,000.”

The launch of the tool “comes ahead of CommBank SmallBiz Week 2023 in Melbourne on 23-25 May, where business owners, government agencies and industry leaders will come together to explore critical issues affecting the sector, including sustainability.”


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