Together with more than 50 companies and NGOs, Triodos Bank has signed a Charter that highlights the role of public and private sector partnerships in stimulating global sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda. The signing took place during a Roundtable meeting on 29 September 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Dirk Elsen, Director Emerging Markets at Triodos Investment Mangement, "This Charter offers a welcome platform to boost collaboration between civil society and business. It can actually demonstrate that sustainable development and profit can go hand in hand and in the process dispense with the deeply entrenched myth that there is always a trade- off between them".

Setting new goals

By the end of 2015, the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire. These goals range fromhalving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The MDGs have determined the international development agenda since 2000, but the world has changed since then.

New emerging countries have sprung up and cooperation between governments, businesses and civil society has intensified. The United Nations take these developments into account in setting the agenda for 2015 and beyond. With the ‘Charter on the role of business, civil society and cross-sector partnerships in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’, leading Dutch organisations express their intent to collaborate and carry these new goals forward. 

Front-running position

Other signatories are companies like DSM, Philips, Unilever, AkzoNobel, Friesland Campina, ABN AMRO and civil society organizations like ICCO, CNV International, HIVOS, Oxfam Novib and Save the Children. The Charter shows that cooperation between different sectors is possible, placing the Netherlands in a front-running position in the world. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will use this signal during the negotiations in the UN about the new agenda.

Impact agenda in emerging markets

Triodos Bank - through specialised funds managed by Triodos Investment Management - has been active as an investor in developing and emerging countries since 1994. The activities are focused on the further development of inclusive financial services as well as pursuing a broader impact investing agenda, particularly in sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.