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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. Over the next year, we will work with other stakeholders, including a project on Positive Impact coordinated by UNEP FI to look at how internal processes, policies and reporting approaches can support a greater degree of positive impact within banks.

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

  • The degree of impact that Triodos Bank has via its finance for an entrepreneur
  • The degree of impact that the specific project being funded will deliver
  • The degree of impact the specific project may have on the sector it operates in
  • The degree of impact that the client has on society (in general)

We have started this process by using these categories in the case studies throughout this chapter. And 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.

We will also build more robust systems for monitoring and gathering non-financial impact data in the branches and Triodos Investment Management, following this year’s audit of the impact data that appears in the Executive Board chapter.

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 impact.