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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 seeks out 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 forward looking sustainability strategies.

Triodos Bank co-founded the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) 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.

Triodos Bank hosted the annual Conference of the GABV in 2016, welcoming CEOs from member bank for a series of meetings and discussions about the future of values-based banking in a rapidly changing digital environment. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands attended the opening sessions of this three-day conference.

In 2010 Triodos Bank, together with the Utrecht University, set up the Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL). The SFL 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 2016 to further this agenda. During the year an SFL seminar on the creation of money lead to high level talks with senior regulators from around Europe, influencing a far reaching debate about the future of the financial system.

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 2016 theme day was named ‘Beyond Bricks and Sticks’, and was a forum to discuss how to diversify our products and services beyond fixed asset based lending.

Speakers at special lunch-time co-worker events included Maurits Groen, a prominent Dutch environmentalist and Christiana Figueres, chairperson of the Paris environment negotiations.