Meet the GABV and ABS


The Global Alliance for Banking on Values unites values-based banks from all over the world.

The 11th Annual Meeting is hosted by Alternative Bank Schweiz in Bern, Switzerland—a picturesque city with views of the Alps and a political centre where commitment to social banking can inspire big changes.

GABV – Advancing Positive Change in the Banking Sector

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is a network of banking leaders from around the world committed to advancing positive change in the banking sector. Our collective goal is to change the banking system so that it is more transparent, supports economic, social and environmental sustainability, and is composed of a diverse range of banking institutions serving the real economy.

The GABV was founded after the 2008 financial crisis and formalised a network of financial institutions who for many years had already been operating in a sustainable and viable way. They formally launched the movement of values-based banking in 2009. Since its foundation it has continued to grow and currently comprises of more than 70 financial institutions and supporting partners.

Every year, GABV member banks are invited to the Annual Meeting to strengthen their collaboration and take new initiatives that help banking be a part of the solution for current social, environmental and economic challenges.

ABS – A Pioneer in Sustainable Finance

Alternative Bank Schweiz is a values-based financial institution emphasising ethical principles and transparency. As a leading provider of ethical banking services in Switzerland and a pioneer in sustainable finance, ABS finances projects such as affordable and ecological housing, renewable energy, organic farming and social organisations. ABS operates throughout Switzerland and has offices in Olten, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

ABS is also a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and is proud to support the network by hosting the 11th Annual Meeting in Switzerland.

Bern – the host city

Bern is right in the heart of Switzerland – with wonderful views of the Swiss Alps. The Old City is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the places to visit in town are within walking distance or can be easily reached by public transport.

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Hotel Bellevue Palace – the conference venue

The venue for the Annual Meeting – the Hotel Bellevue Palace – is just a stone’s throw away from the Parliament Building, the Swiss National Bank and other political and the financial institutions. The different hotels for your accommodation are also within walking distance.

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