Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV)

Vancity is proud to be a part of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values – a not-for-profit organization of banks and banking cooperatives who are developing solutions for a positive and viable alternative to the current banking system. Together members of The Alliance share the mission of using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental impact.

We are one of 54 financial institutions and 10 supporting partners operating in countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, South and North America and Europe. Collectively we serve close to 50 million customers, hold up to $163.4 billion USD of combined assets under management and are supported by close to 60,000 co-workers

Together we're creating global change

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The 6 principles of values-based banking

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.​

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