Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage socially responsible business and a sustainable society.
Our mission is
- to help create a society that promotes people’s quality of life and that has human dignity at its core.
- to enable individuals, institutions and businesses to use money more consciously in ways that benefit people and the environment, and promote sustainable development.
- to offer customers sustainable financial products and high quality service.
Triodos Bank wants to promote human dignity, environmental conservation and a focus on people’s quality of life in general. Key to this is a genuinely responsible approach to business, transparency and using money more consciously. Triodos Bank puts sustainable banking into practice. First and foremost, this means that we offer products and services that directly promote sustainability. Money plays a leading role in this because using money consciously means investing in a sustainable economy. This in turn helps to create a society that enjoys a better quality of life.
Our market and core activities
Triodos Bank aims to achieve its mission as a sustainable bank in three ways.
As a sustainable service provider
Customers not only want sustainable products and services, but also competitive prices and a professional service. Triodos Bank believes that these key customer values cannot be seen in isolation. So the Bank tries to offer a collective package of banking services to promote sustainable development. The Bank’s aim is to create a broad customer base – a combination of private and corporate customers who have made a conscious decision to bank with Triodos. Exactly how this happens differs in each country; our services have developed in different ways in each of the countries where we work, depending in part on the stage of development of the branches and offices in question.
As a product innovator
A second strategic objective is to develop innovative products and sell them through Triodos Bank and third parties. These products directly reflect the mission and values at the core of the Bank’s work. Productdevelopment is most advanced in The Netherlands, where Triodos Meerwaardefondsen, Triodos Groenfonds, Triodos Fair Share Fund, Triodos Vastgoedfonds and Triodos Cultuurfonds are all distributed to the general public through other banks. The launch of Luxembourg-based funds has also laid the foundation for European-wide distribution. More than 50% of the growth in these funds now comes from distribution via third parties, bringing Triodos Bank products to a broader audience.
As an opinion leader
Triodos Bank wants to stimulate public debate on issues such as quality of life, corporate social responsibility and sustainable banking. It also wants to use 30 years’ experience to encourage society to promote more sustainable development. The implications of this public debate extend well beyond the activities of the Bank itself. Triodos’ vision and approach have given the Bank international recognition. Triodos’ participation in the public debate means people can see what the Bank stands for and hear its opinions about important social trends. Triodos Bank’s identity is crucial in this respect, strengthening the Triodos Bank brand and reputation.