Emma will be our featured speaker at our re-launch into Sydney at the Slip Inn. It is sure to be a fantastic evening and we invite you to be part of this exciting period of expansion by Sustainability Drinks Australia. 

See the Event Details here.

Speaker: Emma Herd – Executive Director, Emissions & Environment, Westpac Institutional Bank

Emma has been at Westpac since 2001 working at the vanguard of sustainability in corporate Australia across a number of roles in corporate affairs, social responsibility, sustainability, ESG risk management, environmental products and services and climate change.

 From 2001 to 2007, Emma worked in Westpac Group Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, and played a key role in developing Westpac’s industry leading sustainability position. Emma was responsible for a number of key programs, including producing Westpac’s first seven sustainability reports and for developing Westpac’s environmental strategy.

 In late 2007, Emma moved into Westpac Institutional Bank division to develop Westpac’s commercial response to climate change and environmental challenges. Emma has driven a strategy which has seen Westpac develop a sector leading environment and clean energy business. Today, more than 50% of Westpac’s infrastructure and lending goes to hydro and renewable energy generation, Westpac’s Commodities, Carbon & Energy business has been voted best financial services company for carbon trading – Australasia for 2010, 2011 and 2012, and in early 2013 Westpac announced a commitment to make up to $6bn in lending and investment available for CleanTech and environmental services by 2017.

 It was has often been a challenging public policy discussion, Emma has coordinated Westpac’s public position on climate change and environmental issues.

 Emma represents the bank in a number of key public, industry and government forums and plays a critical role in driving the Westpac Group approach to managing climate change and environmental issues and impacts more broadly.  

 This has included Westpac’s involvement in the Australian Business Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Change (2006), the Australian Business and Climate Group (2007), the New South Wales Carbon Markets Taskforce (2009), The Climate Institute ‘Climate Leaders’ partnership (2010-present), Business for a Clean Economy and the Carbon Action Catalyst Group (2012- present). 

 Prior to Westpac, Emma worked in Parliament House, Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.