Advisors and Inspirers
To expand its activities, enrich its thinking and keep innovating in its products and services, Triodos Bank engages with external advisors who respond to requests or provide advice spontaneously, and individuals who inspire new opportunities and insights. Triodos Bank invites inspiring people to speak at specially convened sessions in its branches, and at international theme meetings. These people are vitally important, particularly in the development of sustainability strategies.
Triodos Bank co-founded the Global Alliance for Banking on Values in 2009. This is a growing network of independent sustainable banks which provides a rich source of inspiration and challenge for senior members of Triodos Bank’s Executive Team, Supervisory Board members, and future leaders in sustainable banking.
During the year the GABV co-ordinated its second major campaign to raise the profile of values-based banking around the world, with active participation in all Triodos Bank’s branches. The 2015 campaign included a specially arranged interview and webcast on the Future of Finance with Triodos Bank CEO, Peter Blom, during the Bristol European Green Capital Year in the UK.
In 2010 Triodos Bank, together with the Utrecht University, set up the Sustainable Finance Lab. The Lab brings scientists from diverse disciplines together to develop ideas that make a powerful contribution to a sustainable, stable and robust financial sector. The organisation hosted a number of public and private meetings throughout 2015 to further this agenda.
Triodos Bank invites specialists and organisations to develop and challenge its vision and policies on different themes and sectors, including days dedicated to exploring a theme in depth. The 2015 theme day focused on sustainable real estate and involved a number of experts from outside the organisation, including architects and professors from the field.
Speakers at special lunch-time co-worker events included academic Pablo Tittonell, discussing ‘farming systems ecology’, and journalist and anthropologist, Joris Luyendijk. In addition, Triodos Bank Belgium invited the economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin to discuss the theme ‘zero cost society’ at a special event during the year.