Small to medium sized businesses are vital to Australia yet despite their critical importance to our economy, some SME businesses aren’t getting the funding support they need and deserve. The craft of relationship banking to SMEs has largely been lost to the Australian economy as banks have industrialised and dehumanised their business models and have become fixated on property secured lending.
The Judo team, with experience at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest banks, saw an opportunity to do better.
Our Judo Values are underpinned by our company wide commitment to the Banking and Finance Oath.
The foundation of our purpose and our relationships
We’re not a team of champions. We are a champion team.
Make the decision and own it. Do what you say.
Make today better, stronger and faster than yesterday.
Importantly, underpinning our four core values, is Judo’s 100% commitment to the Banking and Finance Oath.
The Banking and Finance Oath is an effort to re-assert the ethical foundation of the banking and finance industry beyond regulation and compliance, by broadening expectations and discussion to include ethics, integrity, honesty and trust.
We believe adhering to these ethics combined with living our Judo Values will create better outcomes for our customers and the communities they serve. This is why all of our team personally sign The Oath when joining Judo.
At Judo, relationships come first, they are at the heart of everything we do. It's what the business is built on.
Moving to work at Judo has been one of the best decisions I have made. Having the opportunity to build an organisation from a greenfield, with like-minded people and an aspiration to make a difference to SMB in Australia, is fantastic. We have done so much more in far less time than I ever expected, and this through the application of the philosophy and culture of Judo and most importantly of all, together. The team at Judo is drawn from across industries, making it a melting pot of different perspectives and ideas. Everyday something new emerges from that pot and makes you go “wow!”. Why did I move to Judo? Because at Judo we can make a difference.
Graham Dickens, Technology
After 17 years of working in large corporates I made the choice to move to, at the time, a start up Bank named Judo. This change was based on a desire to want to take more control of my career as well as a want to see a direct impact of my work on customers and the community. Within hours of my first day I felt free from the shackles inherent in a large company. Judo provides the freedom to do your job to the best of your ability amongst a group of like minded people that are not just work colleagues but close friends who share a common goal that is delivered via expertise with a good dose of fun and laughter. Everybody has your back as you have theirs, knowledge and capability are used as functions to learn as opposed to mechanism to climb a ladder. By joining Judo I didn’t just join a company, I joined a family.
Darrel Thomas, Operations