Savings enable Triodos Bank to finance companies and organisations that benefit people, the environment and culture. An increase of the funds entrusted is an important indicator of Triodos Bank’s ability to attract sufficient funds to finance sustainable organisations. This has continued to happen as large numbers of people have moved away from a discredited mainstream banking industry, in search of a more transparent alternative, that’s more closely connected to the real economy. The branches offer a variety of products and services to meet this demand – from a Spanish debit card and German credit card that emphasise responsible consumption, to a successful new online product range in the UK.
By offering our savers, in some countries, the opportunity to donate part of the interest they receive to a charity, many social organisations receive support every year. In 2010, 271 organisations (2009: 463) received total donations of EUR 0.4 million (2009: EUR 0.5 million) in this way.