We want to share the real stories of values-based banking, by showcasing the impact of our member banks. Behind every bank there are thousands of stories of people and businesses using money positively to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

These case studies offer a peek inside some of the world’s most progressive banks and their clients. It is only a glimpse. Each bank has a wealth of stories and experiences that they actively share with their customers and the world. It’s a level of transparency that is not generally associated with the financial sector.

Our members’ stories share a profoundly different perspective on how banking can, and should, work. For them, finance starts with meeting human needs in socially responsible and environmentally responsible ways and as a means to that end, finishes with profitable banks delivering them.

There are differences in the business models of the GABV’s member banks but

Each bank represents an inspiring example of what a transformed banking sector could really look like. And each of their case studies offers an insight into their impact on their clients – the individuals, entrepreneurs and catalysts of this new economy – on the sectors they work in, and on wider society.

These inspiring stories were first told through an exhibition, at the GABV’s Annual Meeting, in Berlin. The exhibition was accompanied with a book, Change Makers – The Stories Behind the Values-based Banks Transforming the World. Learn more.


Karen E. Segrave | KES PhotoSouthern Bancorp. 2014. Southern Bancorp

Hoffinger Industries

CF case study City First Bank of DC

Unity-Parkside Community Health Center

Case study Ekobanken

Supporting Dairy Farming – Skäve Gård (farm)

Recycling Alternative3 Vancity

Recycling Alternative, Vancouver, Canada

Nepal Clean Energy Development Bank

Empowering communities through clean energy project finance, Nepal

ecology-ian-1296-edit2 Ecology Building Society

How Sustainable Housing is Helping to Build Resilient Communities, UK

bankmecu bankmecu

Secure Housing for Women escaping Domestic Violence, Melbourne, Australia


Turning Coconut Fibre into Carpet Threads, Bangladesh

xacbank XacBank

Energy Efficiency in the Coldest Capital in the World, Mongolia

centenary Centenary Bank

A Tea Factory Owned by its Growers, Western Uganda

triodos Triodos Bank

Building Better Lives in Bristol, UK

gls GLS Bank

A Kindergarten in Nature, Germany

merkur Merkur Cooperative Bank

Farming for Future Generations, Denmark

cultura Cultura Bank

Ecological fruit and vegetables– for delivery, or at a gourmet ecological restaurant, Norway

credit-coop Crédit Coopératif

Overcoming Social Exclusion through Enterprise, France

banco-poplare Banca Etica

From Convict to Craftsman: Re-Skilling former Inmates in Sicily, Italy

alt Alternative Bank Switzerland

Empowering Women with Disabilities through Employment, Switzerland

mibanco Mibanco, Banco de la Microempresa

Home-grown, Women-Owned Businesses, Peru

bancosol BancoSol

Sewing and Self-sufficiency in Bolivia

banco-fie Banco Fie

Women’s Organic Farming Partnership, Bolivia

sac SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A.

From Seed to Cup: Quality Coffee Production in El Salavador

first-green First Green Bank

Contributing to the local food movement and sustainable agriculture, USA

sunrise Sunrise Banks

Secure Housing for Vulnerable Adults, Minneapolis, USA

one-pacific Beneficial State Bank

Family Business: How renewable energy technology is keeping farming alive, USA

new-resource New Resource Bank

Ceramics and Job Creation in San Francisco, USA

assiniboine Assiniboine Credit Union

Serving up Local Food, Great Jobs, and an International Menu, Canada

affinity Affinity Credit Union

A programme teaching young people how to manage their financial affairs, Canada