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Triodos looks into the future of the workplace

Question and Answer with Dan Foster, resourcing manager at Triodos Bank

18-07-2017 |

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Dan Foster, resourcing manager at Triodos Bank.

What does Triodos Bank do?
"We provide a range of financial services including a personal current account, business and savings accounts, and ethical investment options."

Where is your head office?
"Our UK head office is in Bristol."

What is the total staff number?
"We have a total of 168 staff, including temps and contractors."

How many are based in the South West of England?
"Currently it is 155."

What about the rest of the UK and overseas?
"We have 13 co-workers that work outside of the Bristol head office, with over 1,000 employed overseas."

Do you have any graduate/apprenticeship recruitment programmes?
"For the last three years, we have recruited an apprentice into our office services department and on completion of their apprenticeship they have secured permanent roles with us.  We have plans to expand this further across the UK. In previous years we have had numerous internship or placement students, with some returning to us after their degree in to permanent roles. Apprenticeship is a great way to find people that are passionate about our mission and values as a bank, who become great co-workers and are strong advocates of the work we do".

What one thing should be done, either regionally or nationally by government - including LEPs - to improve the quality of skills in the workplace to boost productivity?
"I think there needs to more support for those who come from more underprivileged backgrounds into employment. We also need employment pathways for people who feel that university is not the route they wish to take in their career. For example, the Apprenticeship Levy has given businesses the opportunity to invest into future co-workers, regardless of background, and nurture the skillset required for careers to thrive and businesses to grow. This is what creates the business leaders of the future."

How do you see the workplace of 2050, not just from your own company perspective, but the UK plc in general?
"By 2050, I think that the majority of work will be conducted online. There is going to be a big shift for many organisations in terms of where their employees physically work. This continuing rise in flexible and remote workers gives companies an opportunity to source their employees globally in order to recruit the best possible individuals. At the same time, the disbursement of workers presents major challenges in creating and maintaining a company culture in which employees thrive. The workplace of the future will be able to creatively balance these two forces."


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About Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking using the power of finance to invest in projects that are good for people and the planet. Triodos uses its €13.5 billion (2016) in assets to create social, environmental and cultural value in a transparent and sustainable way.

With UK operations based in Bristol, Triodos Bank has branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany and an agency in France. Globally, Triodos Bank has microfinance projects in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a worldwide network of 36 banks seeking to transform finance into a vehicle of positive influence.


Triodos Bank NV (incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands with limited liability, registered in England and Wales BR3012). Authorised by the Dutch Central Bank and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request.

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