The largest ethical banks ‑ Part 1

As of 2015, the Internet is full of lists and tables featuring the largest banks in the world, in the US, UK, Europe, or in any given country. However, finding a list of the largest ethical banks in the world seems to be impossible.

In this post and the following we will try to make a reliable list of the largest ethical banks in the world. Here we start with a table featuring the six largest banks of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, a network of 25 alternative banks.

Crédit coopératif
Type: co-operative bank. The Crédit Coopératif is part of the Groupe Banque Populaire, which is part of Groupe BPCE, France’s second largest bank.
Headquarters: Nanterre, France
Founded: 1893
Total assets: 22,394 Million USD (2013)1
Employees: 2,039
Website: (English presentation)

Type: credit union
Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada
Founded: 1946
Total assets: 16,408 Million USD (2013)
Employees: 2,483

Triodos Bank
Type: publicly traded, not listed
Headquarters: Zeist, Netherlands
Founded: 1980
Total assets: 8,876 Million USD (2013)
Employees: 911
Get detailed information on Triodos Bank in this detailed article (in German).

GLS Bank
Type: cooperative
Headquarters: Bochum, Germany
Founded: 1974
Total assets: 4,457 Million USD (2013)
Employees: 450
Website: (English presentation)
More details on GLS Bank in this detailed article (in German).

Type: credit union
Headquarters: Saskatoon, Canada
Total assets: 3,699 Million USD (2013)
Employees: 815

Type: credit union
Headquarters: Winnipeg, Canada
Founded: 1943
Total assets: 3,323 Million USD (2013)
Employees: 480

  1. All key figures on this page from the Global Alliance for Banking on Values