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Alternative BAnk
Switzerland

A Brief Outline

The Alternative Bank Switzerland emphasises ethical principles instead of maximum profits. As the leading provider of ethical banking services and a pioneer in the implementation of social and environmental standards, ABS gives encouragement to the Swiss banking and financial markets. All banking activities are based on transparency. Therefore, four offices have been opened in different Swiss regions (Olten, Lausanne, Zurich  and Geneva).

ABS´s products and services are aligned with its client requirements concerning savings, investments, financial security, company financing, real estate and monetary transactions. Loans are issued principally in the area of social or ecological housing (also for private individuals), organic agriculture, renewable energy, as well as SME’s. ABS offers investment advice and ethical/sustainable investment funds.

Key financial data

at 31 december 2014

CHFEUR (approx.)
Balance sheet total1'586 Mio.1'322 Mio.
Client assets 1'460 Mio.1'217 Mio.
Number of clients33'224
Number of creditors 958
Number of shareholders5'068
Number of co-workers90
Share of women in management positions44 %