Brighten Home Loans strengthens ESG commitment

by | Jul 22, 2021 | IN THE MEDIA

Rapidly growing Australian non-bank lender Brighten Home Loans (‘Brighten’) has reinforced its commitment to ESG principles by becoming a member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and a Plant-a-Tree Program Partner for Carbon Neutral.

This follows Brighten’s recent appointment as a Pay Equity Ambassador by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Brighten Managing Director Scott Kelly said becoming a member of RIAA and a partner for Carbon Neutral was a natural evolution for the non-bank lender as good governance, social responsibility and sustainability were key pillars of the company’s culture.

“At Brighten, we strive to be a lender which has a positive impact on our customers, our partners, our broader communities and our planet. We are also a committed advocate for diversity and equality. Becoming a member of RIAA and Carbon Neutral allows us to look after the community we are all part of and care deeply about,” Mr Kelly said

RIAA is the largest and most active network of people and organisations engaged in responsible, ethical and impact investing across Australia and New Zealand. The Carbon Neutral Plant-a-Tree Program helps to restore important biodiverse habitats for future generations. It has a positive impact on climate change and directly contributes to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

RIAA CEO Simon O’Connor welcomed Brighten as a member of the RIAA network. “By joining RIAA, Brighten is demonstrating its commitment to supporting our mission of aligning capital with achieving a healthy society, environment and economy. We know consumers are increasingly looking for home loans that employ an ethical and responsible investment approach, and we welcome Brighten signalling its leadership and commitment in this space,” he said.

“We look forward to working with Brighten to grow the market and improve best practice in responsible, ethical and impact investing.”