Shutting up shop

Shutting up shop

It’s not often you hear about a nation-wide bank closing up shop for a day.
And yet BNZ has been doing it every year since 2009. They call it Closed For Good and it’s a way for staff to give back to their community.
This year BNZ will Close for Good on September 2 and 81 branches will take part in the initiative.

Included in the volunteer army is BNZ’s CEO and Executive team, each member helping out community groups, schools, sports teams and not-for-profit organisations.
The work involves fence painting, planting trees or cleaning up public space. In recent years, workers have also offered their specific finance skills to the public.
For instance this year, BNZ is running “be good with money” (financial literacy workshops) at DePaul House on the North Shore as well as helping youth understand financial responsibilities at the MATES Programme at Auckland University. BNZ’s social media manager will be working with the kids at Glendowie College to teach them how to be digitally savvy.
Since CFG’s inception in 2009, BNZ has given 130,000 staff hours and $1.9 million of labour nation-wide.
“It’s a real win-win for us and the communities that we live and work in,” said Emma John, the project manager for CFG. “We know that many of these groups ask for help because they’re struggling with resources or funding, so this helps our staff to give something back.”
If you’re a BNZ customer, you needn’t worry about the safety of your money – some staff remain in the office to ensure core business isn’t affected. In true BNZ form, those same staff are given the chance to get outdoors later in the year for a mini CFG day.
And what’s more, each BNZ staff member has another day during the year to use for volunteer activities.
It’s stories like this that make us proud to be aligned with a bank that’s so community minded. To read more about CFG, check out the website at https://www.closedforgood.org/