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The Future of Positive Impact

We want to share our approach with others in the financial sector and further improve our ability to understand, manage and communicate our impact. In 2015 Triodos Bank participated in the launch of a Positive Impact work stream by UNEP FI. The project will create a set of incubators looking at how financial institutions can address the barriers to financing more positive social and environmental impacts.

We also want to embed a more sophisticated approach to assessing and categorising our impact by considering:

  • creating a bank-wide approach to measuring the impact of projects on a project-by-project basis so we can determine how impactful a project is relative to its peers in the same sector
  • finding a common methodology to measuring the carbon footprint of our finance. During the year we signed the Dutch Carbon Pledge at the Paris COP21 climate change conference, committing, with a group of financial institutions in The Netherlands, to find a common approach to measure and disclose the annual carbon foot print of our investments, as part of a wider effort to create a low carbon economy
  • further developing Triodos Bank’s existing impact metrics to better describe our impact for our stakeholders.

In addition, we will continue to play an active role in the development of the GABV’s scorecard, to deliver an effective tool for stakeholders to assess the sustainability credentials of banks, including publishing Triodos Bank’s scorecard alongside our colleagues in the GABV, on a shared website during 2016.

Understanding your piece of pie

Please note that the pie chart on the homepage of this report highlights the proportion of lending Triodos Bank makes to particular sectors as a percentage of our overall loan book. These percentages do not include Triodos’ investment management activity.

However we have included examples of the impact of our investment business, Triodos Investment Management, in the impact measures that appear later in the report. We think this is relevant to build a complete picture of the Triodos Group’s overall impact.