Why and how Triodos Bank invests in stock market-listed multinational companies.
Socially Responsible Investment Strategy
A strategic approach to use money for positive change
We believe that in the long term, the most successful businesses will be those that achieve the right balance between their social, environmental and economic performance. So when it comes to investing in the stock market, we think that investing in these companies makes sense from a financial perspective as well as a sustainability perspective.
Leaders in their sector
Through our four Triodos Socially Responsible Investment Funds, we invest in equities or bonds issued by listed companies, delivering superior social, environmental and financial performance. We consider only companies that clearly outperform others within their sectors on sustainability, and that comply with our strict minimum standards.
These are the pioneers in their sectors, leading their peers towards higher standards of environmental, social and financial performance. As influential multinational companies, they have a global impact on environmental and social change.
We invest in sovereign bonds if the issuing government fulfils the highest standards of democratic government, and has signed the world’s most important environmental, social and human rights treaties and conventions.
A policy of active engagement
We contribute to change by actively engaging with companies we invest in. During the screening process, we send companies questionnaires and further specific questions about their strategies and plans. After investment, we use our voting rights, sometimes in the form of a coalition with other engaged investors, to further influence company behaviour.
As investors, we do not engage with governments, which is the sole right of citizens through the democratic process.
|Eric Holterhues - is since November 2012 Head of Triodos Investment Management's Socially Responsible Investment business line. Eric Holterhues joined Triodos Bank in 2000 as a senior account manager. Later he became Manager Loans at Triodos Bank, The Netherlands. Since 2010 he has joined Triodos Investment Management as Head of Arts and Culture. He currently also holds this function.|
- 2000 - 2006: Senior Account Manager Business Banking
- 2006 - 2010: Several management positions with Business Banking
- 2010 - present: Fund Manager Triodos Cultuurfonds and head of the business line Arts and Culture
- 2012 - present: Head of the SRI Business Line