Heritage Building Society wins two national awards

Heritage Building Society has confirmed its standing among Australia’s top-performing organisations by winning the Recommended Employer category in the 2011 Australian Business Awards, announced today.

That followed the news overnight that Heritage had also taken out the award for the country’s best Fixed Rate Home Loan at the AFR Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards presentation ceremony in Sydney.

The 2011 Australian Business Award recipients were selected from 928 participating organisations from the private public and non-profit sectors. The Recommended Employer category recognises organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace.

CEO John Minz said Heritage’s People first culture placed a huge emphasis on providing the right conditions, environment and support for staff members.

“Our success rests on the efforts of our staff, and we are absolutely committed to making Heritage a great place to work,” he said.

“We have a tremendously positive culture here at Heritage with staff who are extremely motivated to achieve the best they can. We support that by providing the right type of training, conditions, encouragement, and reward and recognition.

“This award recognises just how much importance we place on making Heritage the best place we can for our staff.”

Tara Johnston, Program Director of the Australian Business Awards, said the standard of entries for 2011 was a testament to the strength and resilience of the Australian economy.

“Australian businesses continue to adapt business processes, invest in product development and develop dynamic e-business initiatives that increase productivity and quality standards for all. The Australian Business Awards provide a welcome opportunity for organisations committed to business and product excellence to receive recognition throughout their respective industries for driving positive business outcomes,” said Ms Johnston.

“We are proud that the Awards continue to promote the key values in the workplace which foster a vibrant organisational culture and encourage enterprise, product innovation, service excellence, marketing excellence, environmental sustainability and community contribution. We would like to congratulate all the 2011 winners for achieving exceptional results.”

Business award entries are separated by industry classification per award category and evaluated in accordance with the award criteria across seven main areas, including leadership and strategy, impact on industry, adaptability and sustainability, human resource management, customer relationship management, process management and evidence of success.

The AFR Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards acknowledge the leading products and services in the field of investment, finance, banking and insurance. They are chosen by AFR Smart Investor magazine in conjunction with research houses InfoChoice, Morningstar and Rice Warner Actuaries.

Heritage was also a finalist in the Best Building Society and Long Term Deposits categories last night.

* Based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.