Guest lectures

Guest lectures

General Management students discuss sustainable banking with Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank is a Dutch Bank with subsidiaries in European countries. It is firmly grounded in funding sustainable projects, understood in a broad sense. Given the context of the current banking crisis, General Management students at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)naturally had plenty of questions for RSM alumnus and head of marketing for Triodos Bank, Roel Welsing, during his guest lecture on the subject of the alternative and sustainable view of banking that Triodos Bank employs.

Triodos Bank functions as a platform connecting people who want to invest their savings in sustainable projects with organisations that operate in the interest of humanity and nature. Roel Welsing (RSM MBA 1994) gave a description of the governance structure of Triodos Bank and its influence on the decision-making processes within the bank. In his role at Triodos, Roel explained how he thinks the message of Triodos bank should be communicated. The General Management students, all recent graduates with a non-business bachelor degree, took the opportunity to ask him about building a sustainable future for banking. 

The Triodos guest lecture stimulated students to think about sustainable banking and prepared them for courses in the MSc General Management curriculum dealing with stakeholder management and social responsibility. It sparked a much larger discussion on how to support sustainable initiatives, which the students went on to discuss amongst themselves long after the lecture had finished.