Business Charity Partnership

Connecting employees to forgotten social issues on their doorstep

Triodos Bank is a pioneer in ethical banking – only lending to organisations that benefit people and the environment – and this sense of purpose is a key driver for people working at the bank.

We were asked by Triodos Bank to set up their first business-charity partnership, ensuring that there would be deep impact on both the local community in Bristol where the UK bank is based and Triodos Bank co-workers.

We focused on identifying partners that were in need of the specific skills that Triodos Bank co-workers could bring to the partnership as well as developing a range of inclusive volunteering opportunities.

In the end, co-workers chose to work with not one, but two partners – youth development charity, Young Bristol, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, Bristol Drugs Project.

In the coming months, Triodos Bank co-workers will deliver employability workshops to service users, mentor charity staff, facilitate strategic workshops and generally raise the profile of two amazing charities.

For Bristol Drugs Project in particular, this is a seminal moment as it is their first corporate partnership. In the past, most businesses have shied away from addressing the ‘gritty’ social issue of drugs misuse; however Triodos Bank has taken the challenge head on and co-workers are both supporting service-users and contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation.

“I want to contribute wherever I can and through working for Triodos Bank I always felt I was part of a commercial organisation committed to changing lives and it’s important to remember why supporting not-for-profits is so important. Young Bristol and BDP are aligned with everything the bank stands for, and it will be a pleasure to see their work in practice.”

Simon Marlow, Volunteer, Triodos Bank