Our History

STRO was established in 1970 with a strong focus on environmental issues and the impact of the monetary structure. In the 1980s STRO advocated proposals that were very innovative for their time such as replacing taxes on labor by eco-taxing and carbon dioxide emission rights. Over the last 20 years, STRO has focused its research and interventions in the monetary arena, driven by the evidence that money is a key determinant in the organization of all aspects of modern society. From 1995 onward, STRO’s Research and Development focused on the introduction of more effective and environmentally friendly currencies. Many tests were executed in Latin America and in parallel Cyclos software was developed, From 2014, all the necessary tools and know-how were available and STRO concentrated its efforts on realizing showcases and extending the network of traditional Cyclos users as a stepping stone to the introduction of STRO’s monetary innovations.


The Social TRade Organisation (STRO) is one of the few organisations in the world that develops alternatives for the monetary system. We do this, because the current monetary system creates poverty and environmental problems. Since twenty years we’ve been implementing projects in different parts of the world to develop new ways of working with money. The keystone in this is our award-winning payment software ‘Cyclos‘.

Our motivation

The impact of STRO’s actions

Improved social cohesion

More purchasing

Utilizing spare

Sustainable local




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