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We’re not just a company, we’re a community! Inside and outside of the office, we strive to make a positive impact on the world around us.
To do our bit for the planet, we’ve partnered with One Tree Planted and FEED. With their help, we plant one tree in all three Bluestone locations – Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines – for every home loan we settle.
One Tree Planted is a non-profit dedicated to global reforestation. They aspire to make it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. In 2019 alone, One Tree Planted was able to get 4 million more trees in the ground! Currently they are focussing on ongoing bushfire recovery in Australia, including the Blue Mountains, and building a brand-new forest ecosystem in New Zealand’s Pamoa Forest of the North Island.
FEED (Fostering Education and Environment for Development, Inc.) supports sustainable education and tree-planting/nurturing, aiming to inclusively grow, preserve and protect Philippine marine and land biodiversity. Our Manila employees will get involved in tree-planting trips, and will be able to track the trees via GPS throughout their lifetime! Not limited to a tree-planting initiative, FEED seeks to have a positive impact on all aspects of climate change, community development and livelihood initiatives, and scientific research.
Bluestone partners with Habitat for Humanity, a global charity dedicated to helping people into their own home – which is at the heart of Bluestone’s purpose. We actively encourage our people to get involved. Our employees get one paid volunteer day a year, when they might help build local homes, support bushfire recovery efforts, or renovate a local women’s shelter.
Through our workplace giving program, employees have the opportunity to make pre-tax salary donations to Habitat for Humanity, which fund home-building projects across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
Our local offices also participate in community fundraising initiatives like the City2Surf in Sydney or the Round the Bays in Auckland, to raise donations for Habitat for Humanity.
Operating in the bustling cities of Sydney, Auckland and Manila, we’re also conscious of our impact on the environment. We measure our carbon footprint each year and take proactive steps to reduce our environmental impact. Our offices are set up to create as little waste as possible, with centralised recycling and compost bins, personalised mugs or keep cups for all employees, and sensor lights and taps in the bathrooms. Our reliance on paper is reducing every year, as we minimise printing, and digitise records and systems. We use recycled paper and bamboo paper products, complying with local forestry standards.
In April 2021, Bluestone announced a three year major partnership with popular NRL team the Penrith Panthers. On top of their impressive skills on the field, the Panthers are a strongly community focused club, with many of the same values as Bluestone.
We’re especially excited to be working with the Panthers to give back. Together, we’re taking part in a number of joint initiatives to support the local community, including support for their junior leagues, as well as financial literacy workshops for Panthers fans and members to learn more about home loans.
As a special extension of Bluestone’s partnership with One Tree Planted, we will also be planting 100 trees in bushfire-affected regions in Australia for every try the Panthers score this season.
There’s plenty more in the pipeline for the future and be sure to keep an eye out for the Bluestone logo on the Panthers jerseys in 2022 and 2023!