Triodos Bank’s Executive Board provides a perspective on the wider world it operates in, its impact and activity in 2016 and its prospects for the future.
Triodos Bank is a member of several local, regional and international platforms and associations, consisting of a diverse set of organisations, such as the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), B Corp, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), United Kingdom Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) and many more.
Triodos Bank partners on products and funds with a number of NGOs including Amnesty International in several countries, HIVOS in The Netherlands, the Soil Association and Friends of the Earth in the UK as well as working with NGOs via its own foundations, such as Fundación Triodos in Spain.
In addition, Triodos Bank engages in selected stakeholder dialogues and presentations that are aligned with its mission and values. For instance, the organisation’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds work closely together with NGOs to help determine sustainability standards for various industries.
Financial education is an annual theme of Triodos Bank’s stakeholder engagement activities. During 2016 coworkers again provided guest lessons in schools during the Dutch ‘Week van het Geld’. Triodos Bank’s online magazine in Spain, La Revista Triodos, has developed a new section, “Repensar el dinero” (Re-thinking money), to promote financial education. It includes a series of articles and videos featuring interviews with well-known economics experts. These experts are asked questions on the theme ‘What is money?’ The purpose of the articles is to foster a thoughtful and critical view on money, consumption and economics among our customers and society. While in Germany Triodos Bank collaborated with three other sustainable banks to organise the second ‘Fair Finance Week’ in Frankfurt, providing speeches, discussions and workshops for the public.
The Triodos Foundation organised, in collaboration with other entities, the Educational and Shared Gardens’ Conference in Spain during the year. More than 150 people from different schools and academies participated in the university Politécnica de Madrid. The first part of the event was a round-table meeting where participants could listen to relevant voices in education, academia and from the Madrid City Council. The awards ceremony for the best organic gardens in schools took place afterwards. An activity for children was organised at the same time.