We interviewed Abby about why she joined the Triodos community 13 years ago and what she really thinks about our Current Account
How did you hear about Triodos Bank?
I had a bit of disposable money and was looking for a place to invest it ethically. I found Triodos Bank and transferred the money into an ethical ISA with Triodos Bank. That’s how I became aware of the Current Account.
Why did you decide to open a Triodos Bank Current Account?
I wanted a bank that uses my money to support the kind of things I want to support - arts, culture, sustainable development - and does so in a transparent way.
What has been your experience of using the Current Account so far?
Excellent. I use online banking and the app. It’s been easy to set up new payees and new standing orders and I can check my balance at any time. The app is great for me as I’m not the best at keeping track of what I spend. Having easy access to my balance is super helpful to help me keep on top of things without any faff.
Did you use the Current Account Switching Service (CASS) to fully switch to Triodos Bank?
Yes. It was seamless! All of my payments in and out were transferred perfectly - even my existing payees.
How do you feel about paying £3 a month for your account?
Over time, my previous bank has been introducing charges here and there and their online banking is just not very good. You have to go through a lot of steps for one transaction. I have been waiting for the Triodos Bank current account for a long time.
Did the eco-friendly debit card appeal to you?
Absolutely, I love lovely things. I’m showing it to all my friends.
How do you feel about doing all your banking online?
It’s perfect for me!
Why it is important to you that your bank supports your values?
As an academic economist, my research focusses on resource distribution and the fulfilment of development goals and human rights. Knowing that my money might be used to contribute to this, even in a very small way, means a lot to me.
How do you feel about the current banking sector?
It’s complicated! On the high street, fees and charges here and there aren’t great for customers. But, in the larger scheme of things, I think the money that banks make on money is hugely problematic. It supports excessive pay and non-value-creating lending that contributes to rising asset prices, including house prices. Vulnerable customers and small businesses are the inevitable losers.
What sectors in society would you like your money to support the most?
It’s a toss-up between arts and culture and green energy: both have the potential to generate huge returns (economic and social) but nevertheless go underfunded.
TRIODOS CURRENT ACCOUNT
Thousands of people just like Abby have chosen to bank on their values and make a positive impact with their money. The Triodos Current Account is an every-day account that’s far from everyday.