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Name: Kylie Porter
Your role: Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Responsibility
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
As one of two daughters to a diplomat, I was lucky to grow up in Asia and Africa where inequality and pervasive environmental challenges were rife. At nine I imagined that I would be a freedom fighter and swim to Robben Island, rescue Nelson Mandela from prison and end Apartheid. A couple of years later I started a magazine called The Environmentalist for a school project.
My upbringing and innate desire to make the world a better place led me to where I am now – working in Corporate Responsibility in a role where I get to talk to advocacy organisations and share their voice on environmental and social challenges.
How have you made a difference?
I see NAB making a difference every day – providing fair and affordable finance in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance; offering Domestic and Family Violence assistance grants to help those in abusive relationships; providing free events and workspaces for small businesses through The Village; and offering discounts on solar energy vouchers through NAB Rewards.
And recently, I took absolute pride in being able to brief the environmental organisations on NAB’s decision to no longer finance new thermal coal mine projects. This, combined with our commitment to provide $55bn of environmental financing by 2025, illustrates the difference NAB is making in financing the low-carbon transition.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about creating a better life for future generations. About seeing a real change in how we live our lives – more renewable energy, more inclusive ways of banking, greater understanding of the importance of human rights – and equity and equality. While I can contribute to that through my job, I also think it’s important for me as an individual to do my part, which is why I also sit on the Board of the Council for Single Mothers & Their Children (CSMC). Being part of CSMC allows me to work with women who are less fortunate than I am and who need guidance and support through challenging parts of their lives. Finally, and most importantly, I’m passionate about my children and helping them discover how they will contribute to the world!