Global Alliance for Banking on Values (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is an independent network of banks and banking cooperatives with a shared mission to use finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development. The Global Alliance comprises 54 financial institutions world wide; serving close to 50 million customers, holding up to $163.4 billion USD of combined assets under management, and supported by close to 60,000 workers.

The alliance was founded in 2009. Membership is based upon a charter to use finance to find global solutions to international problems—and to promote a positive, viable alternative to the current financial system.

The secretariat is headquartered at Triodos Bank in The Netherlands

The GABV serves as a Chief Executive Officer network providing a unique space for leaders committed to values-based banking to collaborate and inspire. It also provides learning and development opportunities for senior executives, experts and employees at member banks.


GABV works with key partners to further the common purpose, such as Netherlands Development Finance Company, SFRE Fund, MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), UNEP, the Rockefeller Foundation who co-funded the early stages of the GABV Financial Capital and Impact Metrics programme, and Georgetown University who delivered a high-profile event imagining a better future for the banking industry in 2013.[1]


Name Country Total assets million USD


Co-workers (2015)
Affinity Credit Union Canada 3 443 912
Alternative Bank Schweiz[3] Switzerland 1 602 96
Amalgamated Bank United States
Assiniboine Credit Union Canada 3 012 427
Banca Etica Italy 1 358 269
Banco Ademi Dominican Republic 390 1336
Banco FIE Bolivia 1 490 3 551
Banco Popular de Honduras Honduras
Banco Solidario Ecuador 675 1 388
BancoSol Bolivia 1 466 2 779
Bank Australia Australia 2 611 304
BANFONDESA Dominican Republic
Bank of Palestine Palestine
Beneficial State Bank USA 631 102
BRAC Bank Bangladesh 2 820 7 700
Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins Canada
Caja Arequipa Peru
CARD Bank Philippines
Centenary Bank Uganda 591 2 211
Charity Bank United Kingdom
City First Bank of DC USA 257 38
Crédit Coopératif France 17 377 1 982
Cooperativa Abaco Peru 347 89
Cooperative Bank of Karditsa Greece
Cultura Bank Norway 86 17
Dai-Ichi-Kangyo (DKC) Credit Union Japan
Ecology Building Society United Kingdom 216 25
Ekobanken Sweden 87 19
ESAF Small Finance Bank India
First GREEN Bank USA 383 69
Freie Gemeinschaftsbank Switzerland 268 22
GLS Bank Germany 4 554 527
Kindred Credit Union Canada
LAPO Microfinance Bank Nigeria
Merkur Resource Bank Denmark 393 83
MagNet Bank Hungary 380 225
Missoula FCU USA
NMB Bank Limited Nepal 396 357
Opportunity Bank Serbia Serbia
SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A. El Salvador 95 364
Southern Bancorp USA 1 186 339
Sunrise Banks USA 911 198
Teachers Mutual Bank Australia
Umweltbank Germany
First MicroFinance Bank-Tajikistan Tajikistan
First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan Afghanistan 137 1 019
Triodos Bank Europe 8 956 1 121
Vancity Canada
Verity CU USA
Vision Banco Paraguay 1 005 2 045
Vermont State Employees Credit Union USA
XacBank Mongolia 975 1 429

Principles of Values-Based Banking

The GABV Principles of Values-based Banking describe the fundamental pillars of the movement and membership criteria:

Principle 1. Triple bottom line approach at the heart of the business model.

Values-based banks integrate this approach by focusing simultaneously on people, planet and prosperity. Products and services are designed and developed to meet the needs of people and safeguard the environment. Generating reasonable profit is recognized as an essential requirement of values-based banking but is not a stand-alone objective. Importantly, values-based banks embrace an intentional approach to triple-bottom-line business – they don’t just avoid doing harm, they actively use finance to do good.

Principle 2. Grounded in communities, serving the real economy and enabling new business models to meet the needs of both.

Values-based banks serve the communities in which they work. They meet the financial needs of these geographic and sector-based communities by financing enterprises and individuals in productive and sustainable economies.

Principle 3. Long-term relationships with clients and a direct understanding of their economic activities and the risks involved.

Values-based banks establish strong relationships with their clients and are directly involved in understanding and analysing their economic activities and assisting them to become more values-based themselves. Proper risk analysis is used at product origination so that indirect risk management tools are neither adopted as a substitute for fundamental analysis nor traded for their own sake.

Principle 4. Long-term, self-sustaining, and resilient to outside disruptions.

Values-based banks adopt a long-term perspective to make sure they can maintain their operations and be resilient in the face of external disruptions. At the same time, they recognize that no bank, or its clients, is entirely immune to such disruptions.

Principle 5. Transparent and inclusive governance.

Values-based banks maintain a high degree of transparency and inclusiveness in governance and reporting. In this context, inclusiveness means an active relationship with a bank’s extended stakeholder community, and not only its shareholders or management.

Principle 6. All of these principles embedded in the culture of the bank.

Values-based banks seek to embed these principles in the culture of their institutions so that they are routinely used in decision-making at all levels. Recognizing that the process of embedding these values requires deliberate effort, these banks develop human resources policies that reflect their values-based approach (including innovative incentive and evaluation systems for staff), and develop stakeholder-oriented practices to encourage values-based business models. These banks also have specific reporting frameworks to demonstrate their financial and non- financial impact.


  1. ^“Global Alliance for Banking on Values gegründet” (in German). Alternative Bank Schweiz (ABS). 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2016-11-16.

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