Triodos Investment Management’s mission is to make money work for positive change. More specifically its aim as an investor is to serve as a catalyst in the transition to an economy where people and planet come first, in line with the vision and mission of Triodos Bank.

Triodos Investment Management continues to see an increasing demand from investors for credible investments that deliver real impact and not just financial results, not least because of its own continuing growth. In 2021 it continued to focus on growing its investor base through third party distribution to retail investors, through other banks and Triodos Bank, High Net Worth Individuals, family offices and (semi) institutional investors. In addition, it has further developed its international distribution network by adding new European markets to its network.

Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management have more than 30 years’ experience in investment products that deliver social and sustainable environmental and economic change. As a result of this work Triodos Investment Management has become globally recognised as a front-runner in impact investing.

In 2021 this meant:

  • attributing to the avoidance of over 276 ktonne of CO2 emissions (2020: 288 ktonne) and, with an attributed generating capacity of 530 MW clean energy, producing the equivalent of the electricity needs of 259,000 households worldwide (2020: 267,000). Despite a strong increase in green power generation and energy savings from our sustainable energy portfolio, the total attributed avoided emissions decreased, which can be explained by lower shares in the financed projects (attribution factors), and to a small part by updated emission factors that take into account the increased supply of renewable energy on the market;

  • over 38,000 smallholder farmers (2020: 35,000) in nine emerging market countries worldwide were paid directly and fairly upon delivery of their harvests as a result of the trade finance that Hivos-Triodos Fund provide to farmers’ cooperatives and agribusiness. Global logistical crisis causing delayed shipments due to the lack of containers, and exceptionally high coffee prices in the merchant market resulted in additional liquidity needs for part of our customers in 2021. The farmers had 49,000 hectares of certified organic farmland under cultivation (2020: 56,000) in 2021. An additional 5,800 (2020: 8,400) hectares was in conversion. The harvests brought 11 different fair-trade and organic products to international markets, including coffee, cocoa, rice, fruit juices and superfoods;

  • that the organically managed land on the European farms which Triodos Investment Management financed could produce the equivalent of 7.3 million meals, or enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 6,600 people (2020: 6,700). Together approximately 10,500 hectares of organic farmland was financed across Europe;

  • increasing the quality and sustainability of the built environment through the management of a portfolio of sustainable buildings and renovation projects for 1,100 homes and apartments and more than 133,000m2 for office and other commercial space (2020: 80,000m2), that emit almost 33% less CO2 than the average for buildings;

  • providing finance to 111 emerging and well-established financial institutions working for inclusive finance in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. These institutions reached approximately 17.8 million customers borrowing for a better quality of life (2020: 18.2 million). Approximately 18.6 million people living on low incomes use savings services offered by these institutions (2020: 20.2 million).