Being committed to our communities as well as our Members is more than nice words. It’s locked into our Charter which states it’s our duty at SBS to promote the prosperity of the wider community. Which is why our heart is in the community and community well-being is in our heart.

Why our heart is in the community

It all started in 1869 when one of our founders, James Walker Bain, was determined to find a better way for Southlanders to own their own homes and keep their hard-earned funds safe. That’s why SBS was founded on the principle of mutual help among our Members. Now 150 years later we’re still a very proud New Zealand mutual bank – and still owned by you, our customers (our ‘Members’). Being Kiwis through and through also means our profits stay on this side of ‘the ditch’ so we can put them back into our Members and communities where we all live, work and play. 

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 Corporate Social Responsibility and sponsorship 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.


SBS Partnerships

SBS is a proud supporter and involved with many amazing Kiwis doing amazing things in our local neighbourhoods including:

  • SBS Bank Tour of Southland 
  • NZ Golf Open Volunteers
  • NZ Cycling Project 
  • Wayne Evans Memorial - open water swimming 
  • Ronald McDonald House South Island (Christchurch) 
  • Southland Rugby Referees
  • Graham Dingle Foundation (Marlborough) 
  • Southland Sharks Basketball
  • Hospice South Canterbury - Caroline Bay Rock & Hop
  • Cromwell Golf Club
  • Rugby Southland 
  • Ronald McDonald House South Island (Invercargill)
  • St James Theatre (Gore)
  • Otago Cricket 
  • Invercargill Golf Club 
  • Loss and Grief Centre - Southland 
  • Otematata Golf Club
  • Kumeu Cricket Club 
  • Omokoroa Golf Club 
  • KiwiHarvest (Hawke’s Bay)

Our annual sponsorship application round opens 1 December each year. While unfortunately we can’t say yes to every application, we do listen and look to partner up with groups where we can help make a real difference. Visit our partnership page here.


Socially responsible investing

If like us you’re passionate about looking for ways to do the right thing with your investments, we can help. Sit down with an Authorised Financial Adviser from FANZ Private Wealth (part of the SBS Group). FANZ offers socially responsible investment portfolios with an investment approach which seeks to invest in companies delivering both a financial return and a social benefit. Learn more here


Good Conduct Charter

At SBS Bank, we expect the highest standards of ethical behaviour, model this behaviour and hold everyone, including Directors, Executives, employees and contractors, accountable for delivering these standards throughout the organisation. Our Good Conduct Charter describes these standards and provides a set of guiding principles to help us bring our values to life.

Supporting our community stars

The richness of our Kiwi communities is thanks to all those non-profit clubs and societies dedicated to community well-being. We think they’re absolute stars which is why SBS came up with the SBS Star Account to help non-profits with the money stuff in the background so they can spend their time and energy being awesome.

And because every little bit counts, the SBS Star Account has no fees, no minimum opening balance, and provides a chance to win one of ten $1000 prizes every month. That’s no small change – in fact, so far, we’ve given out over $1 million to our Star Account holders. Love it! Learn more here

Helping to keep you and your funds safe

We all like to think we’re on the ball and wouldn’t get scammed out of money. But there’s some pretty convincing schemes out there, they change often and can happen so quickly. 

REMEMBER: SBS Bank (or any bank) will never ask you for your bank passwords or PIN numbers - in person, on the phone, in writing or by email. A bank email will also never have a link in the email and ask you to log into your account. If you get any such requests, phone SBS on 0800 727 2265 immediately to report it. Check out our Security page on this website for more information on keeping you and your money safe.