Sustainable, Private Banks

Material on private, mission-driven banks striving for sustainability

It is the position of the Public Banking Institute that public banking should supplement private banking and not replace it. There is a movement for mission-driven banking which the below articles cover in some detail and which PBI supports wholeheartedly. Mission-driven banks have a value system that advocates the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, not just profit alone. The movement for banking in service of their communities as well as the environment is a major trend that will increase in importance as capitalism continues to evolve to better serve the whole and not just the private interests of the few.

“Strong, Straightforward and Sustainable Banking – Financial Capital and Impact Metrics of Value Based Banking”

Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Summary March 2012 – 8 pages
Strong, Straightforward and Susainable Banking - GABV - March 2012.pdf
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“Fundamental Principles of Sustainable Banking”

Global Alliance for Banking on Values, March 2011
Fundamental Principles of Sustainable Banking - GABV March 2011.pdf
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“Fundamental Principles of Sustainable Banking”

Global Alliance for Banking on Values, March 2011
“Banking as if Society Mattered: The Case of the Triodos Bank” – Dr katrin Kaufer, MIT CoLab, January 2011 – 96 pages
The Case of The Triodos Bank - MIT Co-Lab - Katrin _2011_PDF.pdf
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“Universal Banking In Germany”

H.E. Buschgen, The Journal of Comparative Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, 1979 – 27 pages
This paper analyses the influence of universal banking in Germany without making the distinction between private and public ownership. By the German definition a universal bank is one that typically engages in both commercial and investment banking operation is under one roof- hence the name universal. This paper is now over 30 years old and thus does not make much distinction between social mission of banks nor sustainable operations and investment.
Universal Banking in Germany.pdf
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“Using High-transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning”

Bruce Caban, Community Development investment Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, March 2010 - 12 pages
“A Tale of Four Village Banking Programs – Best Practices in Latin America”, Glenn Westley, Sustainable Development Department, Inter- American Development Bank (IADB), 2011 - 85 pages
In the IADB vernacular village banking is micro-lending
High-transparency banking 5-12.pdf
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“Asian Credit Union Innovations in Microfinance”

Presentation of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), presented at the Rockefeller Foundation conference, “Alternative Banking and Social Inclusion”, Bellagio Center, July 2011 – 53 PP pages
This power point document reviews ACCU’s progress bringing microfinance innovation to 25 Asian countries through 22,176 credit unions that provides affordable financial services to people regardless of their social status thus building stronger communities. ACCU is in their 40th year.
Asian Credit Union Innovations in Microfinance.pdf
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“Overview of the Mission of The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GALV)”

The Global Alliance ( GABV) presented at the Rockefeller Foundation conference, “Alternative Banking and Social Inclusion”, Bellagio Center, July 2011 – 16 PP pages
This power point presentation gives a good overview of the GVLB and their role as an independent network of banks using finance to deliver sustainable development for underserved people and communities with a special emphasis on the environment.
Overview of the Mission of The Global Alliance for Banking on Values.pdf
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