Impact

During the year, Triodos Bank continued to develop how it reports the impact of its loans and investments. A pilot project to measure the non-financial impact of the UK loan book has led to a number of non-financial measures of Triodos Bank’s impact becoming a feature of its annual report and wider publicity.

Statistical measures can only tell a limited story, and Triodos Bank is careful not to over-claim using them. However they provide an important indication of Triodos Bank’s impact in practice and are available under Methodology.

In 2011, Triodos Bank also developed a new food and farming measure, employing an external consultant to help build a rigorous methodology for capturing this information.

One of Triodos Investment Management’s funds published its first impact report during the year. (PDF:) Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund’s Impact Report 2010 is a first attempt to document its results in delivering its mission to improve the lives of small-scale farmers and stimulate sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

More than 100 companies are now members of De Groene Zaak (The Green Cause). This new lobby organisation of sustainable companies, co-founded by Triodos Bank, has gained an influential voice in politics and the media in 2011.