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Best Companies 2013

Triodos Bank has been rated the 69th Best Small Company to work for in the UK.

11-03-2013 | Triodos Bank, one of the world’s leading sustainable banks, has been rated the 69th Best Small Company to work for in the UK. The Best Companies awards recognise exceptional workplaces across the UK and it is the largest and most comprehensive survey of workplace engagement in the country.

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The Best Companies awards recognise exceptional workplaces across the UK and it is the largest and most comprehensive survey of workplace engagement in the country.

Triodos, whose mission is to create a society that promotes the quality of life of all its members while encouraging a more conscious use of money by funding only organisations delivering a positive social, environmental or cultural impact, scored 97% positive on the ‘Run on strong values’ criteria, which placed it overall second in the country. It also came second in the country for ‘Giving something back’, with an 88% positive score.

The Bank, which employs 100 people across its UK headquarters in one of Bristol’s most sustainable buildings on Deanery Road and a new branch office in Edinburgh, is one of only three companies in Bristol to win one of these prestigious awards which are based on the views of 250,000 employees from 900 UK organisations.

Triodos Bank’s UK Managing Director, Charles Middleton said: “At a time when public trust in banks is failing and many mainstream banks and their employees are having to re-evaluate their approaches with a view to becoming more values-based, Triodos Bank is now recognised as a bank it feels good to work at. This is important both internally, for all our co-workers, and externally, for our customers and other stakeholders.

‘The award recognises our role as a changemaker in sustainable finance, proving that profit and principles need not be mutually exclusive.

‘By working only with sustainable enterprises, we’ve continued to grow our business during challenging times for the financial world, supporting more inspiring organisations than ever. Good news for our co-workers, borrowers, savers and investors, and of course for the environment and communities we help support.’

On what it feels like to work at Triodos, Lisa Stanley, head of UK communications for the bank, said: “It was very important for me to work for an organisation whose values I shared and I could see that Triodos makes a real difference to the development of a fairer and more sustainable world through a more conscious use of money. People from all backgrounds can find a place here, and the culture is very different from that of more mainstream financial services. You need to be quite adaptable and be prepared for a more 'hands on' approach. You will also probably start buying organic vegetables and green electricity at home!”

Triodos has appeared two previous times in the Best Companies awards; this is its highest score to date. It has more than 35,000 savers across the UK and lends to more than 1,500 sustainable businesses delivering positive social, environmental or cultural impacts in sectors such as renewable energy, organic farming, charities and social enterprise.

Notable projects it funds in the south west region include Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage, a solar installation at the farm that hosts the Glastonbury festival, the Soil Association, and Jamie’s Farm.

Notes to editors

For more information, case studies, customer quotes, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Will Ferguson, 0117 980 9770, william.ferguson@triodos.co.uk

Lisa Stanley, 0117 980 9721, lisa.stanley@triodos.co.uk

Faye Holst, 0117 980 9584, faye.holst@triodos.co.uk

About Triodos Bank

www.triodos.co.uk

Triodos Bank only finances enterprises which create social, environmental or cultural added value. Key sectors include organic food and farming, renewable energy, social housing, and fair trade. Transparency is a core value and Triodos publishes details of every business it lends to. A range of personal savings accounts and other investment opportunities are offered, and full banking services are available for businesses and charities. Triodos Bank is an independent bank founded in the Netherlands in 1980. Its principles and independence are protected through a special shareholding trust. The UK office opened in 1995 and is based in Bristol.

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