A message from Dr Marcos Eguiguren, GABV Executive Director
We have finished 2017 with another important growth in the number of members and supporting partners. 47 GABV banks and 7 Supporting Partners are now forming this Movement of Systemic Change Makers. But, perhaps the most important growth has been in visibility, where the GABV has attracted the attention of influencers, other financial institutions, regulators, media and public opinion in general, etc. Speaking request, articles in the press and invitation to speak at events worldwide has grown by 50% compared to last year.
We have also worked in many other areas, but we’d like to emphasize the initiation of a Knowledge Management program that will be continued and improved during 2018, but that has already shown positive results for some members in 2017. In 2018 we will keep on working in areas in which we can better align our efforts to achieve our collective purpose while we also create value for each individual member, very specially in those areas that might reinforce each members’ market position.
A great Annual Meeting in Kathmandu, hosted by NMB Nepal, another successful international #BankingOnValues day, designed to outreach GABV co-workers or the graduation of the second cohort of the GABV Leadership Academy, are amongst the many achievements of this year.
The consolidation of the different Regional Chapters and their ambition to coordinate actions and increase exchanges is quite remarkable. In 2017 we have also inaugurated the Asia-Pacific Chapter with an inception meeting hosted by the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance in Dubai. To that meeting GABV member banks in Africa and the Middle East were also invited so that, for the first time, all member banks could also participate in a Chapter meeting.
We will keep on growing in 2018, adding more diversity to our membership and making a special effort to add members in Africa and the Middle East. Identifying those banks around the world that are also banking on values or who are very close to us is a must for the GABV. We need to expand the voice and the strength of our Movement if we really want to achieve our purpose and to contribute to a positive change in the world of finance.
In our Annual Meeting to be celebrated in March 2018 in Arequipa, Peru, we will focus on revisiting our values and to exchange best practices and ideas of what it means to be a values-based bank. We need to prepare for our 10th Anniversary in 2019, in which we really want to open up to the world and to more clearly show our ambition of contributing to a change in the world of finance and there is no better way to do it than collectively reflecting about what we mean together.