Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund
- Builds on over 15 years' experience in providing innovative trade finance loans
- Assists organic and fair trade producers in developing countries in accessing Western markets
- Actively engages with sustainable value chains
About the fund
Farmers and sustainable agriculture
Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund was launched in January 2008 and builds on the trade finance activities of the Triodos microfinance funds. The fund aims to improve the economic position of farmers in developing countries and to encourage sustainable agriculture as an alternative to conventional, chemical-intensive agriculture.
Sustainable value chains
The fund provides trade finance loans to co-operatives and private companies operating in sustainable agricultural value chains, and has a specific focus on organic agriculture and fair trade.
One of the goals of Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund is to inspire the financial sector. By demonstrating that sustainable agriculture can be successfully financed in emerging markets, the fund aims to serve as a catalyst for finance within this sector, both locally and internationally.
Michaël van den Berg
Fund manager Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund - Michaël van den Berg joined Triodos Bank as Fund Manager for Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund in August 2013. Michaël has over 10 years of emerging markets investment experience of which he worked five years based in Laos and Vietnam. His experience ranges from agri-SME finance and off-grid renewable energy investments to inclusive finance. Prior to joining Triodos Bank, Michaël worked for Triple Jump as Regional Manager for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Asia, heading the investment team with offices in Amsterdam, Tbilisi and Bangkok. Michaël started his career at consulting firm Boer & Croon and worked as an Account Manager for the Dutch branch of Triodos Bank, managing a credit portfolio in organic retail and wind energy.