Christopher Cowtonis Professor of Accounting at Huddersfield University Business School. He took up his current appointment in 1996 after ten years at the University of Oxford, where he was a Fellow of Templeton College. While accounting is the focus for much of his teaching, his publications in refereed journals span the range from philosophy to engineering and operations management, with a particular interest in business ethics. He is currently Chair of EBEN-UK, the UK association of the European Business Ethics Network.
Financing the social economy: a case study of Triodos Bank
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2006
Copyright © 2001 Henry Stewart Publications
International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 145–155, May 2001
How to Cite
Cowton, C. J. and Thompson, P. (2001), Financing the social economy: a case study of Triodos Bank. Int. J. Nonprofit Volunt. Sect. Mark., 6: 145–155. doi: 10.1002/nvsm.142
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 20 JUL 2000
Nonprofit and voluntary sector organisations are taking an increasingly sophisticated approach to their financial management, including their banking requirements. While there have been signs that the mainstream commercial banks have been responding to those needs, recent years have also witnessed a number of initiatives taken by organisations with roots closer to the nonprofit and voluntary sector. One such organisation is Triodos Bank.
This paper seeks to explain what Triodos Bank does, paying particular attention to those unusual features of its operations which are likely to be of interest to managers of nonprofit and voluntary sector organisations. It is suggested thatwhatTriodosdoesisbothinterestinginitself and indicative of ways in which social economy financing might develop in the future. Copyright © 2001 Henry Stewart Publications