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Our News

Recent and archived press releases follow, together with further information about the GABV and its work…


June 5, 2014

Values-based banking earns Vancity a place among Canada’s Best Corporate Citizens – 2014

Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, ranked highest of any financial institution and second overall on the list of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens identified by Corporate Knights.

May 2, 2014

Developing New Leaders

The Values Ambassadors Meet in Lima, Peru. In early April 2014, 19 GABV Values Ambassadors met in Lima, Peru over five days to discuss leadership and innovation in their scope of work as ambassadors of values-based banking. The Values Ambassadors are a worldwide network of individuals from GABV member banks whose task is to raise […]

March 4, 2014

Global Alliance for Banking on Values in Melbourne March 4-6 2014

Pioneering network offers new path for banking sector: As Australia’s Financial Service Inquiry gets underway, the world’s leading values-based banks met in Melbourne to argue for a very different kind of banking system. Click on image for a full press pack including quotes, images and further information.  The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), […]

October 21, 2013

Georgetown University and the GABV

The GABV and Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) hosted a provocative keynote talk and round table discussion on Thursday 10 October in Washington DC. CEOs from the world’s leading values-based banks, pioneering thinkers, faculty and graduate students explored how to deliver a profound shift to a more sustainable banking industry and why it […]

October 10, 2013

Report shows sustainable banks outperform ‘big banks’

Updated study confirms continuing and significant differences between the financial performance of ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks and sustainable banks. Results strengthen case for a more diverse, transparent and sustainable banking system in the future. The report can be read in English here and Spanish here. Washington, 10 October 2013 – An updated study comparing key financial information […]

In the Press

Find out how sustainable banking is making the news globally…

July 23, 2014

Trust Across America-Trust Around the World
Trust: The Direct Route to Profitability
Recent GABV research quoted.

July 23, 2014

Are ethical banks more profitable than traditional banks?
(Please note that this article is available in French only)

In this article, the author first defines return on equity (ROE) and outlines where the most ‘complete’ bank ROE can be found in France, at ACPR and Banque de France. The author also highlights that currently there is no central website that combines this information for the six main French banking groups. The author provides the maximum and minimum ROE for the French banks. The second part of the article is dedicated to values-based banks, thanks to the GABV network. The selection includes France’s Crédit Cooperatif, and an additional non-GABV member, La Nef to build comparisons. The article demonstrates that values-based banks have lower ROE than traditional banks. It also shows that the values-based banks’ ROE indicates a social standard that could be explained by the fact that these banks are transparent, offer simple financial products, do not take risks but favour environmental projects.

The author also highlights a study led by GABV over a longer time period, highlighting the fact that a sufficient ROE is required for a bank to be resilient and sustainable in the long-term.

New Thinking

Read opinion pieces from sustainable banking’s leading thinkers and practitioners...

April 30, 2014

Banca Popolare Etica President, Ugo Biggeri on social impact

The social impact of Banca Etica. 1.8 billion euros have been put into circulation to fund thousands...

September 19, 2013

Merkur Bank CEO, Lars Pehrson, on the price of politics in regulation

Politicians Attempts to Regulate Banks Have Made a Bad Situation Worse. Regulatory bank packages are...


Find out where GABV members have been speaking, what they’ve been saying and important upcoming events...

22 Jul 2014

Expo Milano 2015, 1 May - 31 October, Milan

An opportunity for civil society organisations to showcase their best practices, values and successes.

21 Jul 2014

GABV Annual Conference, 11-13 March 2015

The next GABV annual meeting will be hosted by members, Credit Cooperatif, in Paris from 11 to 13 March 2015.

17 Apr 2014

Convergences World Forum 8-10 September 2014

Convergences is an international platform building new connections between public, private, and civil society to alleviate poverty.

15 Apr 2014

Institute for Social Banking Summer School 5-10 July 2014

'The Place of the Citizen in Banking'

14 Apr 2014

Child and Youth Finance Summit: 'A Chance for Change', 23 May 2014

High-level meeting to be held at UN Headquarters in New York.

4 Mar 2014

2014 Melbourne Conference 4-6 March 2014

GABV Annual Meeting

8 Jan 2014

Greenpeace Board Meeting 8 January 2014

The GABV Secretariat and Board of Greenpeace International will exchange plans and perspectives.

11 Oct 2013

GIIN Investor Forum 11-13 October 2013

Triodos Investment Manager Managing Director, Marilou van Golstein Brouwers and SBI CEO Laurie Spengler will speak at the ‘global gathering for impact investors’ event.

10 Oct 2013

Georgetown University and the GABV 10 October 2013

The GABV and Georgetown University host a special event in Washington DC to explore what it will take to deliver a paradigm shift in the banking industry.

8 Oct 2013

GABV Impact Expert Seminar 7-8 October 2013

GABV experts in impact metrics develop the network’s sustainability scorecard. 7-8 October 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

1 Oct 2013

Sustainability Applied 1-2 October 2013

Paula Martin, advisor to the CEO of Vancity Credit Union, will give a keynote presentation at a forthcoming Sustainability Applied 2013 event in Mississauga Canada.

14 Jul 2013

World Credit Union Conference 14-17 July 2013

GABV CEOs, Tamara Vrooman (Vancity) and Damien Walsh (bankmecu), discuss ‘Promoting Values-Based Banking’ at the Credit Union industry’s flagship annual event.

6 Mar 2010

From Intention to Action – a meeting of purpose 6-8 March 2010