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Triodos Bank shares social investment insights in Yokohama, Japan

Dan Hird, head of corporate finance at Triodos Bank, speaks at this year’s Social Impact Forum about the potential of finance to drive real impact.

21-04-2017 |

This year's Social Impact Forum in Yokohama, Japan brings together thought leaders from around the globe to discuss how social finance can drive innovation in society. Organised by the Yokohama City Council and Meiji University, the forum hopes to facilitate learnings about social impact bonds and how measuring social impact can bring investment into the sector. Taking place on Saturday 22 April 2017, the event will hope to be the seedbed of encouraging social investment to grow in Japan.

Dan Hird, head of corporate finance at Triodos Bank UK, has been invited to share how Triodos has successfully raised £7 million for social causes through seven different social impact bonds (SIBs). Social policy areas that have benefitted from Triodos support include:

  • Homelessness,
  • Vulnerable young people,
  • Children in and at the edge of care, and
  • Type 2 diabetes.

Although Social Impact Bonds are not widely used in the UK - only 32 have been issued to date - they can be of great value to the organisations that need to raise capital for specific social purposes. St Mungos is a homeless charity in London that raised £600,000 in 2013 through a Triodos SIB. The capital was used to run a three year programme commissioned by the Greater London Authority to eliminate rough sleeping in central London. St Mungos both achieved a positive outcome in addressing accommodation, reconnection and education needs, as well as repaying investors in full


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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 €12 billion 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 N.V. has a full banking license and is registered with The Nederlandsche Bank N.V. (the Dutch central bank) and The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets


About Triodos Corporate Finance
Triodos Corporate Finance works exclusively with sustainable businesses and has a long track record of advising businesses on raising capital through private placements and retail offers.

Since 2011, Triodos Corporate Finance has raised over £85 million for businesses within the sustainability sector with investments from institutions, charitable foundations, high net worth individuals and retail investors.

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