Rabo & Communities


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“Actions rather than words”

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Feet on the ground

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Better lives in a sustainable environment

Rabo & Communities


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“Actions rather than words”

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Feet on the ground

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Better lives in a sustainable environment

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“Actions rather than words”

“I see how many companies are now looking for a clear identity. Rabobank is lucky. We were founded in the spirit of cooperation 125 years ago. We always have that identity to turn back to,” says Janine Vos, member of the Managing Board and Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO).

“It’s in our genes. Our culture – our cooperative philosophy – is guided by a certain behavior: Are you willing to work together? Do you want to join forces as part of our mission?”


Janine divides the mission “Growing a better world together” into three parts. “Growing” is about sustainable growth and development. We want to help and engage our customers and partners, helping them move forward in the transition to a better world. “A better world” is the healthy and prosperous community we want to shape: be it your family, your neighborhood, your city, your association, your industry, your country, or even the planet. And then there’s “together.” We wholeheartedly believe in the power of coalitions, of doing things together.


She sees it as her mission to embed cooperative behavior in the organization. “My work gives me an enormous drive to make the world a better place, and I want to challenge people to do the same. We must work together to ensure that our mission is given shape not only in what we say but also in what we do.”

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“Actions rather than words”

“I see how many companies are now looking for a clear identity. Rabobank is lucky. We were founded in the spirit of cooperation 125 years ago. We always have that identity to turn back to,” says Janine Vos, member of the Managing Board and Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO).

“It’s in our genes. Our culture – our cooperative philosophy – is guided by a certain behavior: Are you willing to work together? Do you want to join forces as part of our mission?”


Janine divides the mission “Growing a better world together” into three parts. “Growing” is about sustainable growth and development. We want to help and engage our customers and partners, helping them move forward in the transition to a better world. “A better world” is the healthy and prosperous community we want to shape: be it your family, your neighborhood, your city, your association, your industry, your country, or even the planet. And then there’s “together.” We wholeheartedly believe in the power of coalitions, of doing things together.


She sees it as her mission to embed cooperative behavior in the organization. “My work gives me an enormous drive to make the world a better place, and I want to challenge people to do the same. We must work together to ensure that our mission is given shape not only in what we say but also in what we do.”

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Feet on the ground


Sometimes, growing a better world together means tending to more than crops and livestock… it means tending to the needs of people at their most vulnerable.

Last year, when a devastating Hurricane hit the east coast of the United States, more than fifty Rabo AgriFinance employees traveled to the communities most affected by the storm. They worked for nearly three days to clean up homes, churches and outdoor areas, providing support the community could not have otherwise afforded. “It’s made a deep impact not only in their property, but also in their belief in humanity,” reflects Nelson Powell, a Senior Relationship Manager from North Carolina. “There wasn’t Wholesale or Rural here – there was Rabobank. Everybody worked in unison to impact the community, the clients and each other. This is feet on the ground, making a difference in the communities in which we live.”

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Morchella

Better lives in a sustainable environment

The Morchella fungus is the main focus of a very special project by RaboFinance Chile and NGO ProCultura. “Our team brings Rabo’s knowledge to communities that need support,” says Sebastián Lefno from IT & Operations Chile.

“The remote town of Llanada Grande in the south of Chile has very limited sources of income,” says Sebastián. “They collect and sell Morchella – better known as morels – an edible, very exclusive species of fungi, at low prices to intermediaries. Joining forces with NGO ProCultura, our multidisciplinary team developed a project with backing from the Rabo Foundation Employee Fund. Our goal was to help residents set up a cooperative in order to reduce the number of intermediaries and obtain better prices.

“Through this project, we want to provide a long-term source of income for the community while conserving flora and fauna in the region. We’re helping safeguard a sustainable future for the Morchella by using a collection net for spore spreading, avoiding fires and burning of forests and by establishing a minimum collection size. This is a wild fungus that cannot be reproduced or harvested in a controlled manner.

“The Llanada Grande community aims to further strengthen the cooperative so as to address the issues of extraction and commercialization at a community level. Working as a Meaningful Cooperative for me and my dedicated Rabobank colleagues means having the opportunity to bring the bank’s knowledge to communities that need support. In that way, we can really have a positive impact on the community and on the environment.”

Morchella Project in Chile

RaboFinance Chile’s employees are using funds from the Rabo Foundation Employees Fund to support the local community at Llanada Grande as part of a three-year project. The project aims to help them stimulate economic development within the region by creating a sustainable, cooperative business model for the harvest and commercialization of morels (Morchella).

Members of the Llanada Grande community with representatives from Rabobank and ProCultura.