Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
Triodos Bank UK has close partnerships with a number organisations and charities aligned with our values and willing to recommend us to their supporters, such as Friends of the Earth, RSPB and the Soil Association.
We collaborated with WWF on the film ‘Our Planet: Too Big To Fail’ including speaking at the international launch event. Local CEO Bevis Watts was interviewed for the film, which uses stunning footage from the Netflix ‘Our Planet’ series to talk specifically to the topic of Sustainable Finance.
We were also a founding pledge partner of the Make My Money Matter campaign, launched by famous director Richard Curtis, also a Triodos Bank customer. The CEO of Triodos Bank UK joined with over 60 CEOs to sign an open letter to the UK Prime Minister, urging him to create a resilient economy with a green recovery from Covid-19.
In Spain, we launched a specific round of crowdfunding from Triodos Foundation Spain to collaborate with innovation initiatives to address the social consequences of COVID-19. Likewise, the Triodos Foundation Spain organised support for sustainable farming initiatives.
Triodos Bank Belgium became one of the signatories of the Belgian Alliance for Climate Action (BACA). BACA offers a platform and/or community for organisations in Belgium that are serious about their climate ambitions and have chosen – or are willing to choose – the path towards Science Based Targets (SBT’s). We are a partner of Greenlab in Belgium, the accelerator for sustainable start-ups in the Brussels region.
Part of our mission is to change finance. This makes the financial sector one of our most important stakeholders. We interact with our colleagues in the sector on a regular basis, in person, through banking associations or during events. 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 (which includes a wide range of companies, not all active in the financial sector), United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), United Kingdom Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) and many more.
Triodos Bank signed the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge in 2020. In the pledge, which was signed by 26 financial institutions from around the globe, the signatories call upon world leaders to reverse nature loss this decade and commit to collaborating, engaging, assessing their own biodiversity impact, setting targets and reporting on biodiversity matters by 2024 at the latest.
The Managing Director of Triodos Belgium represented the bank at the European Business & Nature Summit 2020 (EBNS), a virtual event and launchpad to strengthen the growing movement of businesses that consider nature as part of the solution to economic wellbeing.
In Spain, we participated in an event for the financial sector about the carbon accounting methodology of the Partnership Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), and we presented the PCAF methodology for the Spanish Banking Association.
In Germany, we were a part of the climate commitment of the financial sector to the Paris climate agreement.
Triodos Bank has ongoing dialogues with local and (inter)national governments and supervisory bodies, sometimes in partnership with other financial institutions or other partners. It engages in conversations about the sector and has regular meetings to discuss issues that are relevant to its business.
Key topics it focuses on in conversations and consultations include the positive impact and potential of sustainable banking, the strength of greater diversity in the banking industry and the need for broader retail participation in impact investing.
Triodos Bank is a member of banking associations across Europe and is engaged in governmental and supervisory consultations with a focus on maintaining a diverse banking landscape and fair and effective regulatory conditions for small and medium-sized banks.
Triodos Bank UK continues to support a cross party group of UK MPs in an ambitious initiative called Bankers for Net Zero that aims to develop a set of policy recommendations ahead of COP26 designed to create a regulatory environment that enables banks to play their part in financing the net-zero transition.
We joined senior members of UK parliament in an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking and WWF up to generate discussion on the responsibility of the finance sector in building a sustainable future and what policy makers can do to accelerate the transition. We also launched the UK’s first Nature Based Investment pilot projects in partnership with the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and other partners. And we joined the Financing a Just Transition Alliance, designed to identify the role that finance can play in connecting action on climate change with inclusive development pathways.
In Spain, we organised two conferences about sustainable finance, inviting representatives from the sector, regulators and public institutions. We also organised activities to increase awareness about sustainable finance with the Ministry for Ecologic Transition, Central Bank of Spain and Spanish Banking Association. In Germany, we joined the Sustainable Finance Council of the government.
Triodos Bank’s profile has developed rapidly in recent years in all the countries where it operates, via coverage in the media in particular. In addition to media coverage, Triodos Bank uses social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and its website to communicate news, attract new co-workers and to engage with stakeholders interested in its story.
The organisation regularly invites journalists to discuss new innovations and themes that its work addresses, highlighting the potential for a more transparent, diverse and sustainable banking industry. For instance, in the Netherlands our Chief Economist Kees Vendrik was interviewed by the television programme Buitenhof about our vision to reset the economy. CEO Peter Blom was interviewed by international media about sustainable finance, including El Pais in Spain.