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 Banca Etica is the first institution of ethical finance in Italy. The bank's solid roots are to be found in the world of the third sector organisations, of voluntary work and of international cooperation.

The first experience of ethically oriented finance In Italy is represented by the MAG co-operative societies (self-management mutual associations): their traditional aim is to raise savings among their members and to finance "socially oriented projects".

In the 1990s the MAGs had to review their organisation, as a consequence of new legal rules. This forced them to seriously consider the possibility of incorporating the first "ethically oriented" bank in Italy. In order to create such a bank, many social co-operative societies and voluntary organisations where involved.

In December 1994, the entire MAG movement and 21 non profit-making organisations*founded "L'Associazione Verso la Banca Etica" (literally: The Association Towards Banca Etica). In June 1995, it was reorganised into a co-operative company, with the purpose of gathering 6,5 million Euro, the necessary amount to incorporate a popular bank according to Italian law.

Following an important fund raising campaign in December 1998, the Italian Central Bank granted Banca Popolare Etica the authorisation to start operating as a bank and thus to begin its financing activity.

This is the first time that a banking institution, with the purpose of operating exclusively in sustainable and alternative finance, has filed a request and obtained such an authorisation.

The ambitious project had become reality and, on the 8th of March 1999, Banca Etica opened its first branch office in Padova. The idea behind Banca Etica consists in creating a place where savers, driven by the common desire of a more transparent and responsible management of financial resources, may meet socio-economic initiatives, inspired by the values of a sustainable social and human development.


ownership

Banca Etica has 60 local shareholder groups, which represent the meeting point where shareholders participate in the bank's social and cultural activity.    

 


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headquarters
Via Niccolò Tommaseo, 7
35131 Padova
Italy
supervisor
Banca d'Italia
CEO/chair
Alessandro Messina
General Manager, COO
 
banktrack contact

Johan Frijns, BankTrack 

voluntary initiatives:

investment policies of Banca Etica
Policy Del Credito (Italian)
Oct 21, 2011 | Banca Etica

additional information
THE IDEA
The idea behind Banca Etica consists in creating a place where savers, driven by the common desire of a more transparent and responsible management of financial resources, may meet socio-economic initiatives, inspired by the values of a sustainable social and human development.
The bank manages savings raised from private citizens, as singles or families, organisations, companies and institutions in general, and invests them in initiatives pursuing both social and economic objectives, operating in full respect of human dignity and the environment.
In such context Banca Etica sets out to educate both savers and borrowers by enhancing the awareness of the formers about their saving's destination, and encouraging the latter to develop their management and entrepreneurial abilities.

Banca Etica does not set out to reject the basic rules of finance, but it rather seeks to reform its main values.
 
THE PRINCIPLES
The principles which inspired Banca Etica's incorporation, and which today distinguish and characterise its everyday work, are stated in article 5 of its Articles of Association:

The Company adopts the following principles of Ethical Finance:
  • ethically oriented finance is aware of non economic consequences of economic actions;
  • access to finance, in all its forms, is a human right;
  • efficiency and soberness are components of ethical responsibility;
  • profit produced by the ownership and exchange of money must come from activities oriented towards common well-being and shall have to be equally distributed among all subjects which contribute to its realisation;
  • maximum transparency of all operations is one of the main conditions of all ethical finance activities;
  • the active involvement of shareholders and savers in the company's decision making process must be encouraged;

Each organisation which accepts and adheres to the principles of ethical finance undertakes to inspire its entire activity to such principles.

image
headquarters
Via Niccolò Tommaseo, 7
35131 Padova
Italy
supervisor
Banca d'Italia
CEO/chair
Alessandro Messina
General Manager, COO
 
banktrack contact

Johan Frijns, BankTrack 

BankTrack has identified controversial issues with the companies listed below that require attention from Banca Etica.

image
headquarters
Via Niccolò Tommaseo, 7
35131 Padova
Italy
supervisor
Banca d'Italia
CEO/chair
Alessandro Messina
General Manager, COO
 
banktrack contact

Johan Frijns, BankTrack 

image
headquarters
Via Niccolò Tommaseo, 7
35131 Padova
Italy
supervisor
Banca d'Italia
CEO/chair
Alessandro Messina
General Manager, COO
 
banktrack contact

Johan Frijns, BankTrack 

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