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NGOs

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, International Corporate Governance Network (IICGN), United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), United Kingdom Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) and many more. Triodos Bank partners on products and funds with a number of NGOs including Amnesty International in several countries, HIVOS in The Netherlands, the Soil Association and Friends of the Earth in the UK as well as working with NGOs via its own foundations, such as Fundación Triodos in Spain.

Triodos Bank supported the UN’s Year of the Soils by giving special attention to events such as BioBeurs (Bio Fare) in The Netherlands, in newspapers, via its own media channels and conversations with (organic) food professionals. This work included an invitation from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (I&M) to share its vision and perspective on phosphate rights for organic farmers.

Business breakfasts, organic food events and active participation in several events during Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital all provided opportunities for a broad range of customers and wider stakeholders to connect with Triodos Bank in the UK during 2015.

Triodos Bank was a signatory and collaborated on a number of initiatives linked to the Paris COP21 Climate Change conference during 2015. This included joining a number of Dutch financial institutions to sign a Carbon Pledge committing to finding a shared methodology and disclosure of the carbon footprint of investments.

Triodos Bank also engages in selected stakeholder dialogues and presentations that are aligned with its mission and values. For instance, the organisation’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds work closely together with NGOs to help determine sustainability standards for various industries.

Triodos Bank Spain joined the collective challenge One million for the Climate, a campaign launched by Fundación Biodiversidad and Ecodes to reach one million commitments for the Climate. Individuals, companies and institutions committed to small actions to combat climate change as part of the campaign. In excess of one million commitments were made and presented at the COP21 conference in Paris.

As part of its efforts to focus on education, Triodos Bank collaborated with the Triodos Foundation in Spain (Fundación Triodos) during 2015 launching an award-winning crowdfunding initiative through which schools can share experiences about the educational benefits of organic gardens and access funds for their projects.

Financial education is an annual theme of Triodos Bank’s stakeholder engagement activities. During 2015 co-workers again provided guest lessons in schools during the Dutch ‘Week van het Geld’. In Germany Triodos Bank collaborated with three other sustainable banks to organise the second ‘Fair Finance Week’ in Frankfurt providing speeches, discussions and workshops for the public.

In Germany and in The Netherlands Triodos Bank hosted a B Corporation event. And Triodos Bank launched the first label for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds in Germany providing better information about the quality of the sustainable investment market.

In Brussels Triodos Bank collaborates with the Sustainable Economy Academy which promotes green entrepreneurship in the Brussels Region. Eight teams of new green businesses were selected for a programme of training and personal coaching. During the closing session in 2015 the Triodos Sustainable Impact Award was rewarded to Envie, a business catering for vegans.