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25.46 mins 22/09/21

Bevis Watts

Your banking can create positive change

Our money has huge potential to create positive change.

In this podcast episode we speak to Bevis Watts, UK CEO of sustainable bank Triodos.  Triodos only invests in sustainable projects that benefit both people and planet.  They work side by side with social enterprises and companies looking to invest in a brighter, purpose-driven future.

More about Bevis

Dubbed by some media as ‘the first environmentalist to run a UK bank’, Bevis has led Triodos Bank UK since 2016, having previously been head of business banking for almost five years (2008-12).

He has spent over 20 years working in sustainability in public, private and voluntary sectors, including as chief executive of Avon Wildlife Trust and ten years in the recycling industry, where he created WRAP’s Financial Mechanisms Programme which leveraged tens of millions of private sector investment into recycling in the early 2000s.

He knows Cafédirect well as a longstanding Triodos customer and partner for many years, dating back to a ground-breaking £5 million crowdfunding initiative in 2004.

What to expect

It’s clear banking needs to play a different role in society if we’re going to rectify our current climate crisis – investments need to be made based more on their societal value rather than the financial returns.

Hear Bevis explain why dramatic action needs to take place now – and why those businesses that don’t, will be left behind.

 


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