Pioneers in ethical banking
You are probably familiar with Triodos Bank, one of the pioneers in ethical banking, now also committed to social finance. The name Triodos is derived from the Greek “τρὶ ὁδος – tri hodos,” meaning “three-way approach” (people, planet, profit). This discloses a lot about their mission. As Samuel Bossart, Business Marketing Manager from the Bank explains:
“ Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage socially responsible business and a sustainable society.”
Featuring Social Finance at 6EMESconf
Thanks to financial assistance provided by Triodos Bank, during the conference we will feature the specific topic “social finance“. It presents a new form of providing finance where creation of economic value can be integrated into one with sustainable social and environmental development. However, Samuel Bossart from Triodos confirms that the support provided by the Bank is more than financial:
”It is about participation in the first place: we aim to seize important social trends, to dialogue with academic stakeholders, and to contribute to put these issues on the agenda. This participation will help us continue to make our role in that visible.”
The workshop will include the representatives of Triodos Bank as speakers who will directly contribute to the panel discussions with their experience on responsible banking. Samuel Bossart underlines the important lessons which can be learned from the success of Triodos bank:
“Our DNA is matching with the theme of this conference because, as a sustainable actor and frontrunner, we continuously stimulate the debate on issues such as quality of life, corporate social responsibility, social finance and sustainable banking and how economic players integrate this in their activities.”
Workshop on Social Finance
- Part 1: When is social finance social?
will start with an introduction of the fundamental questions related to array of the social finance initiatives that have emerged fairly recently, mostly as a result of the economic crisis (held in French but with English translation provided).
- Part 2: Labels in social finance: opportunity or threat?
available only in French, will feature discussion on the innovative financial products and actors, and how the proliferation of labels created as a result of this process can create risks and confusion among customers.
Various social finance actors will gather together to tackle these issues in order to outline new perspectives on the development of labels.
We believe that these discussions will offer interesting insights into pioneering initiatives contributing to inclusive and balanced mainstream attitude toward money and finance, and hopefully leading to more sustainable post-crisis financial system.
Learn more about Triodos Bank by visiting its web site.
- June 5th, 2017 Deadline for full paper submission
- June 15th, 2017 Deadline for conference registration (non-presenters)
Learn more about the 6th EMES conference, to take place July 3-6, 2017 in Louvain-la-Neuve.