Global Alliance for Banking on Values in Vancouver March 8-10

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Pioneering network leads world’s sustainable banking movement.

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), an independent network of 14 of the world’s leading values-based banks, will showcase the growing worldwide sustainable banking movement in Vancouver, March 8-10, at its annual conference hosted by GABV member Vancity Credit Union.

The GABV has pledged to impact the lives of one billion people by 2020 by offering a credible alternative to the current financial system and dominant banking model that have alienated so many during the financial crisis.

Although each GABV bank is unique, they share a commitment to using money to benefit people and the environment. They make business decisions, first, by identifying a human need, and then by determining how to fulfill that need on a financially sustainable basis.

“There is an urgent need for banks that finance entrepreneurs working in the real economy who create lasting solutions for people and the environment,” said Peter Blom, GABV Chair and CEO of European sustainable bank, Triodos. “Values-based banks offer a credible, positive alternative to mainstream banking, and we’re delighted to bring some of the world’s most groundbreaking banks to Vancouver to build on this worldwide movement.”

The international conference will be hosted by Vancouver-based Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, which has a 65-year history of focusing on community needs. In 2011, Vancity was the first Canadian banking institution invited to join the GABV, which has members from Europe, Asia, and South and North America.

“We’re pleased to be hosting this year’s conference, which will bring together some of the most innovative and socially responsible banks in the world,” said Vancity CEO Tamara Vrooman. “Like Vancity, members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values recognize that we are all economically interdependent, that we must listen to the people we serve, and that banks can play a key role in improving the quality of life for current and future generations.”

The conference will include two public events on March 8th. The first is a luncheon at the Pan Pacific Hotel (12 Noon – 1:30 pm), entitled Banking on changing the world: people, prosperity and a new perspective (The Business Case for Values-Based Banking). Sponsored by Deloitte and presented by the Business Council of British Columbia, the luncheon panel will feature Peter Blom, Tamara Vrooman, and Luis Felipe Derteano, Chairman, Grupo ACP (Peru). To order tickets for the luncheon, contact

The other public event is a public dialogue on sustainable banking entitled Values-Based Banking: Financing the Future of a Changing World. Held at Vancouver’s The Centre for Performing Arts (7:00pm – 8:30pm), the event will feature: Naomi Klein, in one of her few public speaking engagements for 2012; Stewart Wallis, executive director of the UK-based New Economics Foundation, Tamara Vrooman and Peter Blom. To register for this free public event, which is presented by Vancity and sponsored by KPMG, visit

  • The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is a membership organization, made up of fourteen of the world’s leading sustainable banks, from Asia and Latin America, to the US and Europe.
  • The organization began when ten of the world’s banks came together in 2009 to commit to supporting the growth of sustainable banking and its impact worldwide.
  • Members believe that we must improve the quality of life for everyone on the planet, recognizing that we are economically interdependent and responsible to current and future generations.
  • Across the world, GABV members play a crucial role in providing the money entrepreneurs and their enterprises need to transform lives and deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment.
  • Members are bound by a shared commitment to find global solutions to international problems, and to promote a positive, viable alternative to the current financial system and mainstream banking business models.
  • Most banking institutions base their business decisions primarily or exclusively on profitability. GABV banks start by identifying a human need to be met and then determine how to meet that need on a financially sustainable basis.
  • GABV banks have combined assets of over $26 billion, and operate in 24 countries.
  • To qualify for membership, each institution must: be an independent and licensed bank with a focus on retail customers; have a minimum balance sheet of $50 million; and be committed to responsible financing and the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
  • In 2009: GABV committed to raising $250 million (USD) in capital over three years to support expansion of nearly $2 billion in lending to unserved communities and individuals, and green projects, at the Clinton Global Initiative. They raised $400 million in just one year.
  • In 2010, Global Alliance for Banking on Values pledged to touch the lives of a billion people by 2020 by expanding its network of banks, further increasing the capital it raises and training a new generation of sustainable bankers to use that money to make a lasting difference, and help meet the biggest challenges of our time.

Global Alliance for Banking on Values Members


BRAC Bank and BRAC Microfinance Programme




Vancity Credit Union


Merkur Bank

El Salvador

SAC Apoyo Integral


GLS Bank


Banca Popolare Etica



The Netherlands

Triodos Bank


Cultura Bank


Mibanco, Banco de la Microempresa


Alternative Bank ABS

United States

New Resource Bank

United States