Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the Global Alliance for Banking on Values?

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is an independent network of banks using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Learn more about the GABV.

What is the role of ABS at the Annual Meeting?

ABS is a founding member of the GABV and is proud to host the 2020 Annual Meeting in Bern, Switzerland. Learn more about ABS.

Who will be at the Annual Meeting?

Members of the GABV, including financial institutions and supporting partners, come together to strengthen their collaboration and take new initiatives that help banking be a part of the solution for current social, environmental and economic challenges.

When is the GABV Annual Meeting 2020?

The Annual Meeting will take place from February 24 – 27, 2020.

The official programme for GABV members starts on Monday 24 February. Registration opens at 15.00 and the Welcome Dinner takes place at 19.00.

The meeting ends on Thursday 27 February after the Goodbye Lunch at 14.00.

For more details about the programme for each stream visit our Registration Page or get in touch with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where does the GABV Annual Meeting 2020 take place?

The Annual Meeting will take place in Bern, Switzerland at the Grand Hotel Bellevue Palace.




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Travel and Accommodation

What are the weather conditions in Bern during February?

Weather in Bern during the winter months is quite cold with winds and potentially snow. You can expect cold temperatures between -5 and 15 °C.

What is the electric plug and socket type in Switzerland?

The standard voltage in Switzerland is 220V (with a standard frequency of 50 Hz). The standard voltage in North America is 110-120V. Plugs from countries where lower voltage is used will not be compatible with Swiss electrical sockets. Learn more here.

What personal safety precautions should I take?

Bern is a safe city. Take normal precautions and use common sense to safeguard yourself and your personal effects.

How do I book my hotel and where do I pay for it?

Hotel booking is part of the registration process and you can find more information on our «Accommodation» page. You are responsible for paying for your own hotel room.

How do I get to the Grand Hotel Bellevue Palace?

The Grand Hotel Bellevue Palace is located in the centre of Bern City. It is within a short walking distance from Bern main station. For more information on where to fly to and a detailed map of the area, please visit our «Travel» page.

Grand Hotel Belleveu Palace
Kochergasse 5
3011 Bern

What is the dress code?

Business casual is appropriate during the full Annual Meeting Programme.



What is the emergency telephone number and where is the nearest hospital?

In the event of an emergency in Bern call 112 for police, fire department or ambulance services or immediately go to the nearest hospital: Inselspital Bern.

Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern
CH-3010 Bern
T +41 31 632 21 11
Open 24 hours


GABV Annual Meeting


Global Alliance for Banking on Values
Nieuweroordweg 1, P.O. Box 55
3700 AB Zeist / The Netherlands
Phone +31(0)30 694 3062



Alternative Bank Switzerland
Amthausquai 21, Postfach
4610 Olten / Switzerland
Phone +41 (0)62 206 16 16