Innovative sustainable trade finance for organic and fair trade exporters in developing countries
05 Sustainable Trade
Trade is sustainable when it is based on reliable and transparent value chains, fair prices and concern for environmental, social and cultural values.
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The number of agricultural exporters in developing countries for which we provided a trade finance facility in 2010
In 2010, Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund provided trade finance loans in 22 countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America
We've pre-financed the export of 16 agricultural products, varying from commodities such as coffee and soy to cashew nuts and olive oil
Through our extensive network, Triodos Bank promotes access to finance throughout the whole supply chain
The number of smallholder farmers in developing countries who sold their harvest to organisations benefiting from our trade finance in 2010
The number of hectares under sustainable organic cultivations by organisations in the Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund's portfolio
The sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in the UK in 2010 to an estimated retail value of GPB 1.17bn
Our expert: Koert Jansen
"Trade finance is a crucial link in the sustainable value chain. A strong value chain is bankable. We aim to demonstrate that to banks in the countries of origin."
Koert Jansen joined Triodos Investment Management in 2003 as Investment Officer Trade Finance. Since 2008, he has been Fund Manager of Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund.
More about Koert Jansen
Networks and Partners
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public-private partnership programme for projects contributing towards the Millenium Development Goals. Within this framework, Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund and its partners have concluded the Millenium Agreement titled: Catalysing Finance for Sustainable Value Chains.
Our products supporting Sustainable Trade
Triodos Bank in action
The Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund is not open to the public. However, we have for instance organised a share issue for Cafédirect, a UK-based company specialising in sustainable trade hot drinks, and also for the Egyptian-based company Sekem. In both cases, the share issue was open to the general public.
Further, we offer a savings account that allows you to deposit your interest into non-profit organisations that support sustainable trade.