Triodos Bank has ongoing dialogue with local government, national governments and supervisory bodies, sometimes in partnership with other financial institutions or other partners. It engages in conversations about the sector and has regular meetings to discuss issues that are relevant to its business. Key topics that Triodos Bank focuses on in conversations and consultations include the positive impact and potential of sustainable banking, the strength of greater diversity in the banking industry, and the need for broader retail participation in impact investing.
Triodos Bank is a member of Banking Associations across Europe and is engaged in governmental and supervisory consultations with a focus on maintaining a diverse banking landscape and fair and effective regulatory conditions for ‘smaller’ banks.
In addition, Matthijs Bierman (Managing Director of Triodos Bank in The Netherlands) joined an influential round table discussion in the Dutch Government in September 2014 to discuss sustainable banking (Dutch).
It was also an active member of influential working groups including the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, in 2014. As an extension of this work Triodos Bank produced a report during the year arguing that impact investing should be available to the wider public and not just institutions and the very wealthy.
Triodos Investment Management, together with other investment organisations, sent a joint statement to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council during the year. The statement’s signatories are concerned by risks to human rights relating to mineral sourcing and have shared their views on how regulation can help in this regard.
Senior co-workers from Triodos Bank regularly participate on platforms and in panels to promote sustainable finance. For example, Triodos Bank’s Managing Director in Belgium spoke at the ‘Rond Geld’ during the year, a congress about the role of money in the 21st century in Antwerp.