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Human Development CofP

The GABV is more than a network of values-based banks – it is also a community of learning. Where else can a values-based bank learn what it really takes to operate along the triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity?

The Human Development group aims to support this learning, knowledge creation and exchange through two programs:

  • A learning community of Human Resource experts, and;
  • A leadership development program for high potential professionals in the network.

The success of a values-based bank depends highly on the ability of co-workers to practice the profession of banking from a values-based perspective. Knowing that people are at the core of values-based banking, the GABVs Human Development work is focused on developing the Alliance’s collective human potential.

The Human Development Community of Practice (CofP) was launched in October 2011. Senior Human Resources (HR) managers from GABV members meet regularly to engage in peer learning and discuss how HR can be advanced from a values-based perspective.

The group also oversees the GABV Leadership Academy and other co-worker exchanges between members. Participants connect monthly in conference calls, and meet at least once a year in-person.

The group met in March 2016 in conjunction of the GABV annual meeting, and in October 2016 at MIT in Cambridge, USA to graduate the first cohort of the GABV Leadership Academy. In addition, the group organizes monthly check-in and coordination calls among its members.

The Human Development CofP is coordinated by Dr Katrin Käufer, Leadership Academy and Human Development Adviser, GABV.

Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is designed to help values-based bankers advance their leadership skills and capacity in order to help their respective banks address current challenges. Each of the modules consisted of two parts: Part I focused on discussions with thought leaders and innovators, such as Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Isabel Guerreo, Harvard Kennedy School, and Prof Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management. Part II of each module was focused on the individual leadership skills and capacities of participants.

In October 2016, the first class of the GABV Leadership Academy graduated after completing their final module at the MIT CoLab in Cambridge, USA. The program brought together 19 mid-career leaders from GABV member banks, as well as one external participant.

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