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Our Values

Good governance, social responsibility and sustainability are key pillars of our culture.

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What do we value

At Brighten, we strive to be a lender that makes a positive impact on our customers, our partners, our broader communities, and our planet. We believe we share a responsibility to lead the way advocating for positive changes in the financial services industry. Our values consist of :

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Sustainability

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Social Responsibility

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Innovation

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Principled

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Integrity

One Home Loan, One Tree, One Hundred Years

For every home loan we settle, we plant a tree that is legally protected for 100 years.

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Our Partnerships

We partner with and support organisations that share similar values as Brighten to promote positive change in our communities.

Carbon Neutral

PLANT-A-TREE PROGRAM PARTNER

As part of our commitment to combatting climate change, for every home loan we settle, Brighten will support Carbon Neutral to plant a tree in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.

 

The Carbon Neutral Plant-a-Tree Program helps to restore an important biodiverse habitat for future generations. The Program has a positive impact on climate change and directly contributes to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

 

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Responsible Investment
Association Australasia

MEMBER

Brighten was one of the first non-bank lenders in Australia to join the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

 

RIAA is the largest and most active network of people and organisations engaged in responsible, ethical and impact investing across Australia and New Zealand.

 

Brighten is committed to supporting RIAA’s mission of aligning capital with achieving a healthy society, environment and economy.

Australian Securitisation Forum

MEMBER

Brighten is a member of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF). The ASF was formed in 1989 to promote the development of securitisation in Australia. It performs a pivotal role in promoting and representing the industry to government, regulators, the public, investors and others who have an interest or potential interest both in Australia and overseas, regarding the benefits of securitisation in Australia and aspects of the securitisation industry.

 

Members of the ASF has the opportunity to participate in shaping the future of securitisation and enhancing its role as a vital sector of Australia’s capital markets.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

PAY EQUITY AMBASSADOR

Brighten has been recognised for its commitment to closing the gender pay gap.

 

Scott Kelly – Brighten Managing Director, has been appointed as a Pay Equity Ambassador by Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WEGA) after Brighten voluntarily signed up for its program which encourages equal pay across workplaces in a range of sectors.

 

WGEA is an Australian Government statutory agency that promotes and improves workplace gender equality. Pay Equity Ambassadors help to create change by:

  • Playing a leadership role in their business community and to the broader public
  • Reinforcing their commitment to pay equity within their own organisation
  • Profiling and promoting their approach to pay equity

Inclusive Employer 2023-2024

DIVERSITY COUNCIL AUSTRALIA

Testament to its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Brighten has once again been named an Inclusive Employer by Diversity Council Australia (DCA) for the period of 2023-2024.

The accreditation comes off the back of DCA’s nationally representative survey of workplace inclusion – Inclusion@Work Index. Every two years, Australian organisations are able to participate in DCA’s Inclusion@Work Member Index, which enables them to measure diversity and inclusion in their workforce and compare findings to a National Index Benchmark.

Diversity Council Australia

MEMBER

Brighten is committed to advocating for diversity and equality. We support, respect and value the diversity of our people and stakeholders.

 

Brighten is a proud member of Diversity Council Australia (DCA) via the Real Asset Management Group. DCA is an independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

DCA has over 900 members, many of whom are Australia’s business diversity leaders and biggest employers. DCA also provides unique research, inspiring events and programs, curated resources and expert advice across all diversity dimensions to a community of member organisations.

Women in Banking and Finance

MEMBER

Brighten is a proud member of Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF).

 

Brighten fully supports WiBF’s vision to create a tangible, positive impact in the Australian banking and financial services sector that will lead to improved gender diversity and inclusive leadership practices across the sector.

 

WiBF has worked in close collaboration with corporate members to develop an understanding of the business sense and strength behind gender diversity. WiBF’s programs have been designed to grow the pipeline of women across all career stages of the industry.

Pride in Diversity

MEMBER

Brighten is a member of the Pride in Diversity Inclusion Program.

 

Pride in Diversity is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTQ workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. Pride in Diversity publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTQ workplace inclusion from which Top Employers for LGBTQ people is determined.

One Million Donors

WORKPLACE GIVING SUPPORTER

Brighten supports the One Million Donors program and is a certified Workplace Giving Supporter.

 

The program was developed by Workplace Giving Australia (WGA), with the goal to see one million Australians making donations to charity direct from their pay.

 

WGA is a not-for-profit organisation and the architect, driver and thought leader of giving at work. They advise employers on how to develop best practice giving programs and advocate for giving at work as the most effective way for working Australians to support charity.

Real Giving

STAFF LED CHARITY PROGRAMME

With the full commitment of the management team, the Real Giving Program is a staff led charity program that encourages and promotes our combined generosity towards issues of social and environmental importance to our communities.

 

The program engages with a broad range of charitable organisations. It also provides volunteer time and donations matching initiatives to support our team’s wide charitable interests.

Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia

MEMBER

Brighten is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA). Established in 1980, the MFAA represents over 13,000 members and contributes to a healthy, competitive mortgage and finance industry through advocacy, education and business-building support.

 

Together with its members, the MFAA work with industry, regulators and government to assist its finance brokers to match consumers with mortgage or financing outcomes that meet their individual financial objectives.

Finance Brokers Association of Australia

MEMBER

Brighten is a member of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA). The FBAA is a leading broker association for finance and mortgage professionals. It represents, educates and supports more than 8,500 brokers across Australia.

 

The FBAA monitors legislation and makes representation to industry regulators, federal government departments, and state and federal Members of Parliament. The FBAA’s vision is to protect the integrity and ethics of the industry through innovation, education, representation and advocacy.

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