Triodos Bank has been a leading expert in sustainable banking for over 30 years. The organisations we finance, and how finance them demonstrates what we mean by that. We believe, for example, that genuinely understanding our clients, their business and the markets they work in, or being open and transparent about how we use our saver's money is key to a sustainable financial sector.
We are dedicated to financing positive change. We have built a track record financing organisations that work in the nature and the environment, social business and culture and welfare sectors; because we believe that their success will lead to a sustainable economy that's better for people, the environment we share, and culture.
Sustainable Banking is using money with conscious thought about its environmental, cultural and social impacts, and with the support of savers and investors who want to make a difference, by meeting present day needs without compromising those of future generations.
Organic agriculture recognises the relationship between our environment, our health and the food we eat. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers is avoided and high standards of animal welfare maintained.
For a transition from a carbon-based economy to a sustainable economy, it's essential to reduce energy demand, to use energy as efficiently as possible, and to invest massively in renewable energy systems, while switching to low carbon fuels.
Socially Responsible Investment means investing in stock market listed companies following strict criteria on environmental, social and governance issues, as well as investing directly in sustainable businesses.
Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income people in developing countries. An inclusive financial sector, where the majority of people have access to financial services, provides a sustainable basis for balanced socio-economic development.