Why? Because as well as being proud Kiwis, we’re also very proud to be a mutual bank which means we’re owned by you - our customers. So that’s why everything we do, every decision we make, is all about you.
It all started in 1869 when one of our founders, James Walker Bain, battled his way across 204km of wilderness to walk from Dunedin to Invercargill. James was determined to give the people of the south a way to keep their shillings, florins and pounds safe as well as an opportunity to get a mortgage and own a home.
His passion was to build a financial institution owned by the people (Members) who used its services – a mutual. And that’s exactly what we still are today – with branches, people and 24/7 banking right across New Zealand, we’re a mutual bank owned by our Members (customers just like you) and here for New Zealanders.
We’ve stuck it out and stuck to our belief that banking is all about putting people first. And we’ve got 150 years under our belts to prove it.
As a member-owned New Zealand bank, we’re very much in the heart of our communities, with the community in our hearts.
Our goal: is to build a strong future of profitable and sustainable growth for SBS.
Our Values are: One Team, Do What’s Right, Own It, We’re With You.
Our Sustainability Focus
We believe wholeheartedly, that we have a duty and a desire to consider the wider community and the part we can play as a good corporate citizen. We welcome Members questioning the purpose, impact and values of who they deal with, including us. There is a real quest for a deeper, more authentic and genuine relationship with businesses and this philosophy has served to reinforce that our 150-year old way of doing things is what people still want from their bank.
We’re committing to do more through our Sustainability and partnership programmes and to how we can support those people or organisations doing good things in the communities we operate in - we want to be good for the communities in which we operate. To find out more about our Sustainability focus view our Sustainability section on this website by clicking here.
There’s something a little bit different about our people. That’s because we’re all part of a genuine Kiwi story with such a proud heritage and an exciting future, helping our fellow Kiwis get ahead.
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Check our career options on sbsbankcareers.co.nz
There’s more to us than meets the eye. SBS is more than a bank, we’re also part of a group of three other specialist companies here to support your everyday needs in finance, investing and insurance.
Learn more about the SBS Group
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When you’re with SBS, you’re placing your trust in us so together we keep your money and your details safe. That’s a partnership we take very seriously. Read more here, including helpful hints.