Reflecting on the past and looking to the future by Martin Rohner

The global pandemic is at very different stages of development depending on your location in the world. While its impact has worsened dramatically in some regions, in others, where a significant portion of the population has been vaccinated, recovery seems on its way.

Our members are holding up well so far, continuing to deliver meaningful impact and proving financially resilient. It is encouraging, and a source of real pride, to see that values-based banks are playing a more important role than ever especially during such challenging times for our co-workers, their customers and wider stakeholders.

Reflecting on the Annual Conference

Our first-ever virtual Annual Conference hosted by Sunrise Banks, in March, was a huge success. You can also access the keynote presentations from a diverse group of eminent speakers. If you have missed out on some of the sessions, you can watch the recordings in English or Spanish.

The next opportunities for you to engage with the GABV are coming up soon. The Secretariat is preparing an exciting programme of events for 2021. To view the complete list of events visit the events space on our website.

Leadership Academy

The second virtual Leadership Academy (LA) was launched during the 2021 GABV Annual Meeting with a record 39 participants from 16 members banks and supporting partners. The participants are the most diverse group to date and represent all regions of the GABV, with a particularly strong presence from Africa. We were pleased to offer six scholarships through the generous donations of Clearwater Credit Union, Triodos Bank and GLS Bank. With more than 100 LA alumni, there is an active LA Alumni group that meets bi-monthly to continue their leadership development and learning.

An Expert Exchange Lab on Impact Measurement and Steering, hosted by the Institute for Social Banking (ISB) and delivered in partnership with the GABV, will take place from 8 – 10 June. If you have any questions about the HD Community or the Leadership Academy please contact Sonia Reinhardt.

Climate Change Commitment

The secretariat has worked with a group of London School of Economics (LSE) masters students who have interviewed fourteen member signatories of the Climate Change Commitment. Their goal is to understand the motivation to measure financed emissions; learn from their experience implementing the harmonized and robust methods in the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) Global Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Standard; and identify any actions and innovations prompted by measuring and disclosing financed emissions. I am also very grateful to these members and look forward to the publication of the case studies in the coming weeks.

Take care and stay safe! Kind regards,

Martin Rohner,

GABV Executive Director