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The Global Alliance for Banking on Values was co-founded by Triodos Bank early in 2009, bringing the world’s leading sustainable banks together, to help build a more sustainable economy. The small but growing network made a significant commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009, to raise USD 250 million in capital over three years. In 2010 it had exceeded its commitment in less than one. The Global Alliance for Banking on Values built on this success in 2010 to pledge to touch the lives of a billion people with sustainable banking by 2020. At the end of the year it expanded its membership to thirteen banks, welcoming new members from Bolivia, Norway, Canada and the US.

In the Autumn 2010 Triodos Investment Management hosted an annual two-day workshop for its investee partners. The workshop explores the developments and challenges of the microfinance sector. Managing Directors and Board Members from microfinance partners in Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia debated ‘Stakeholder strategy and relationship management and strategy differentiation by financing SMEs’.

A group of investors, including Triodos Investment Management, and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, also worked together to draft Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, during 2010. These investors believe that specific principles for investors in inclusive finance, of which microfinance is a part, will strengthen the movement towards responsible finance. The principles have been developed with a broad group of stakeholders including UNPRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative). They will be launched early in 2011.

Triodos Bank is also the co-founder and a member of Social Venture Network Europe, European Social Investment Forum (EUROSIF) and the International Association of Investors in the Social Economy (INAISE). In addition, it is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

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