The Oath

Trust is the foundation of my profession.

I will serve all interests in good faith.
I will compete with honour.
I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
I will help create a sustainable future.
I will help create a more just society.
I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
I will accept responsibility for my actions.

In these and all other matters;
My word is my bond.

The Vision

A banking and finance industry that
meets the community’s needs and has its full confidence thereby fulfilling its integral role in society.

NAB executive team signs up to Banking and Finance Oath

The Australian
  • John Durie

    Senior writer/columnist

NAB chief Andrew Thorburn and his entire executive team have signed up to the banking ethics charter known as the Banking and Finance Oath.
The oath is chaired by former Australian Prudential Regulation Authority boss John Laker and is run in conjunction with the St James Ethics Centre under Simon Longstaff.
Board members include ASFA’s Pauline Vamos, Morgan Stanley chief Steve Harker, ANZ funds management chief Joyce Phillips and BT’s Emilio Gonzales.
The oath was established in 2009 with the aim of gathering together banking leaders interested in ethics and in how trust could be restored to the industry.
The oath contains a set of commitments that people in banking and finance might agree to adopt and apply as personal principles in their work.
The NAB team decided individually to sign on as a group, thinking there was a strong alignment between the oath and NAB’s own vision.