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Sustainability 2023 Progress Report
The report demonstrates how the work we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand supports Rabobank’s global commitments to meet the needs and expectations of our clients, our team and our local communities. 

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Rabobank Financial Skills Workshop which took place in Taupo earlier this year

Farm planning workshops

Register for our Carbon Farming and Integrated Farm Planning workshops - coming to a town near you.

Rabo Talk podacast

Growing our future podcast

Listen to Blake Holgate and the team as they cover off pressing sustainability topics and everything in between!

The great New Zealand balancing act

The great NZ balancing act

Delivering sustainable emissions reductions, food security and economic prosperity.

Our commitment and what it means to Rabobank

What is 100%? It is being 100% focused on our farming future.
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Let's reach your sustainability goals together

We’re supporting a transition to a resilient future by working alongside our clients to profitably transition to lower-carbon and more sustainable production systems.

We stand side by side with farmers and growers to manage increasing environmental, societal and market risk, and at the same time seizing opportunities to create inter-generational, resilient farming businesses.

As part of our focus on sustainability, we’ve developed a new approach to help farmers and growers build a detailed snapshot of the non-financial performance of their businesses – where they’re doing well and where there’s room to improve. This includes how our rural clients are faring with their agronomic, environmental, social and workplace performance.

We're also upskilling our staff to ensure meaningful discussions are had on-farm to  support our clients with the sustainability aspects of their businesses

Meet our sustainability team

Courtney Bidois

Chief Sustainability Officer

Courtney joined Rabobank in July 2023 to lead New Zealand’s sustainability activities. She is responsible for developing and driving delivery of Rabobank's sustainability strategy and objectives, in alignment with the bank’s global strategy and goal to be net zero by 2050.

With a MBA and a MSc in environmental management, specialising in climate change mitigation and adaptation policy development, Courtney is currently in her final year studying part-time for a PhD. Her study includes researching the role of carbon markets in New Zealand’s transition to net zero.

Blake Holgate

Blake Holgate

Head of Sustainable Business Development

Blake joined Rabobank in 2012 and was appointed as the Head of Sustainable Business Development in early 2021. In this role, he leads the Sustainable Business Development team which is focused on ensuring the bank’s clients are in the strongest position to manage increasing environmental, societal and market risk.

In addition to leading this team, Blake also contributes to Rabobank government policy submissions on regulations affecting the sector as well as providing public commentary on key industry issues. Hailing from a sheep and beef farming family, he has an MBA from Otago University and practised as an environmental lawyer specialising in resource management before joining Rabobank.

Katie Vickers

Katie Rodwell

Sustainability Manager

Katie joined Rabobank in June 2022 following eight years with Farmlands Co-operative Society, most recently as the Head of Sustainability and Land Use. In 2020 she was awarded the NZ Co- operative Emerging Leader of the Year award, and she was also a finalist for the 2022 Zanda McDonald Award.

In her role with Rabobank, Katie is responsible for providing our staff with the learning and development required to enable them to have meaningful sustainability discussions with clients, as well as the development and delivery of our client knowledge programmes.

Gavin Marshall

Gavin Marshall

Sustainability Manager

Gavin joined Rabobank in August 2022 and brings 15 years’ experience in the agriculture sector, with the last six years spent as an Environmental Programme Lead at Fonterra. In that role, Gavin designed, developed and managed the implementation of programmes focused on supporting farmers to reduce their environmental footprint (primarily around freshwater and climate).

In his role with Rabobank, Gavin is responsible for further developing an online tool that builds a picture of the non-financial aspects of client operations, with the aim of advancing the insights this tool provides for our clients.

Working to reduce our carbon footprint

Last year, we became accredited with environmental and economic sustainability organisation Toitū, by participating in their CarbonReduce programme, which requires us to set SBTI aligned emission reduction targets.

A better carbon footprint is good for our team and our clients. We’re investigating many initiatives that will help us reach our goals. Some of our highlights so far:

  • Introducing hybrid vehicles into our Vehicle Fleet
  • Rolling out Meridian’s 100% Certified Renewable Energy program
  • Reducing air travel emissions by 30% from 2019 to 2022

Toitu Certification

Rabobank is proud to partner with

Net Zero Banking Alliance

NZ Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Toitu cardonreduce organisation