- William Ferguson
Triodos Bank – www.triodos.co.uk
Triodos Bank is one of the world’s leading sustainable banks. The mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.
More specifically, they are in business to:
help create a society that protects and promotes the quality of life of all its members
enable individuals, organizations and businesses to use their money in ways that benefit people and the environment, and promote sustainable development
provide their customers with innovative financial products and high quality service
Triodos Bank only lend to and invest in organizations that benefit people and environment. They connect savers and investors who want to change the world for the better with entrepreneurs and sustainable companies doing just that. They are the only specialist bank to offer integrated lending and investment opportunities for sustainable sectors in a number of European countries.
The uniquely sustainable approach is based on a combination of three main factors:
A sustainable business model
We have a simple business model. We only lend money entrusted to us by savers and investors, to entrepreneurs we know well. Because we work in the real economy we don’t invest in complex financial instruments which promise high profits but also bring greater risk. It may sound old-fashioned, but it’s an approach that has enabled Triodos Bank not just to remain solid and stable in a time of global financial crisis, but to continue growing rapidly.
Positively 100% sustainable
We only lend our customers’ money to people and organizations working to make the world a better place, actively seeking out and promoting sustainable, entrepreneurial businesses driven by values and ideas – rather than just refusing to back businesses that do harm.
We believe that sustainable banking depends on trust, so we publish details of every single organization we lend to; which means our savers and investors can see exactly how we’re using their money.
Products and services that meet your sustainable banking needs
Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that benefit people and the environment and add cultural value, with the support of savers and investors who want to promote a sustainable society – as well as offering a good return on their money.
A catalyst . . . and a connection
Triodos Bank is a catalyst for lasting, positive change. We connect savers and investors who want to change the world for the better with entrepreneurs and sustainable companies doing just that.
Since we started in 1980, we’ve financed thousands of businesses, charities and projects across Europe – from fair trade enterprises benefiting families in developing countries, to renewable energy companies supplying thousands of households with clean green energy, closer to home.
Products and Services
Triodos Bank are the only specialist bank to offer integrated lending and investment opportunities for sustainable sectors in a number of European countries.
The mix of products and services varies from one country to another, to meet the demands of local markets. But collectively, the Triodos Group offers:
Venture capital funds
Simple, professional, sustainable
Across all branches and activities, their aim is the same: to provide customers with a simple, professional and competitively priced service that enables them to achieve their financial goals.
They know it’s the sustainability that attracts cstomers to Triodos Bank. But they’re equally well aware that it’s the overall quality of their service that will ensure customers stay with them for the long term.
At Triodos Bank, there are three main ways in which work to deliver on their promise of sustainable banking:
As a sustainable service provider
Customers don’t just want products and services that support sustainable development. They also expect competitive prices and a professional service. So the aim is to provide a range of services that satisfy all these requirements, to an equally high standard.
By doing this, they have created a broad customer base – a powerful international community of individuals, businesses and organizations with a shared desire for positive social, cultural and environmental change.
As a product innovator
The more customers they reach, the more good they can do. So they’re constantly working to develop innovative new products, which they can make available both directly through Triodos Bank and also via third parties.
In The Netherlands, for example, a range of sustainable Triodos investment funds is now offered to the general public by other banks – and achieving rapid growth, as a result.
As an opinion leader
Triodos Bank believe an important part of their role is to stimulate and lead public debate on issues including our quality of life, social and environmental development, and sustainable banking.
As you’ll see elsewhere on this site, many of people are acknowledged experts in their fields, and Triodos strongly encourage them to take part in all relevant forms of discussion and consultation. They want their long and wide experience in promoting sustainable development to make the biggest possible difference.