“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” The Buddha
Every day we are reminded that we are facing a world that needs change. We are facing a world where we must work together and understand the importance of looking after each other. I am happy to be part of something truly amazing – a network of financial institutions who are not focused on profit-making, but who are more focused on supporting each other, developing local communities and ensuring we all become more self-reliant.
The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is a network of banking leaders from around the world committed to advancing positive change in the banking sector. Our collective goal is to change the banking system so that it is more transparent, supports economic, social and environmental sustainability, and is composed of a diverse range of banking institutions serving the real economy.
Our members have one thing in common: a shared mission to use finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development, with a focus on helping individuals fulfil their potential and build stronger communities. This booklet perfectly sums up all our efforts in trying to create change and to support creation of new systemic realities by practicing values-based banking. We are continuously supporting local community development and are happy to be part of it.
The book: “GABV Stories of Systemic Change” tells some incredible stories of our members achieving great successes in supporting the most vulnerable – from the trout growers to refugees wishing to start their own business, from changing laws to be more favourable for values-based banking to supporting educational activities in financial literacy. The stories go even further than the topics presented. They explain how each bank influenced a systemic change that resulted in improving the community and the economy. All this is made possible thanks to people who recognized that their money can finance a better world – Where Money Moves Matters
With words of the Buddha, “When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” I leave you to explore these powerful stories and be inspired to do the same. By looking after each other, we can become the people we set out to be.
Connected Communities, financing change. #BankingOnValues
Dr. Marcos Eguiguren
GABV Executive Director
Download the pdf here, or browse through the book below.