Political Debate

On 6 June 2019, the Sustainable Finance Advisory Council was constituted at the German Federal Government. Background: The State Secretary Committee on Sustainable Development adopted resolutions on sustainable financing on 25 February 2019. Political goal: to make Germany a leading Sustainable Finance location.

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EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

The EU Commission published an Action Plan on Sustainable Finance on 8 March 2018. You can find the text, the summary Fact Sheet and other documents here.

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Brief summary of the 2nd Sustainable Finance Summit

With almost twice as many guests as the year before, the Second Sustainable Finance Summit Germany took place in Frankfurt on 25th September 2018. Central to the 260 participants was the primacy of politics over the markets, the model role of the public sector, and the need to develop skills for sustainable finance at all levels.

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Hub for Sustainable Finance (H4SF)

Sustainable Finance is one of the most important topics of our times. Meanwhile, Germany lags behind in European comparison - that is the diagnosis. The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) organized the Hub for Sustainable Finance (H4SF) in Germany from 2017 until 2019. The Hub was on open network comprising financial market players and other stakeholders contributing to developing a sustainable financial system in Germany.


The topics the Hub concerned itself with were oriented towards the ten recommendations for sustainable finance in Germany. Contributors were invited to develop their own avenues and approaches to bringing about change within the framework of these recommendations. The concrete form involvement may have taken was at the discretion of contributors. Input in support of a sustainable financial system and events related to the subject of sustainable finance could be shared via this website.

This website will be shut down by the end of February 2020.

The Hub invited contributions from:

  • institutions that represent the finance sector, the business community, civil society, the political arena or the scientific community and
  • those who planed to furnish input aligned with the ten recommendations that expands the knowledge base or adds factually or scientifically founded viewpoints that were constructive to a hotly discussed topic.

The motivation behind this initiative: representing on a strong, unified position is of key significance for Germany’s future as an attractive business hub and with a view to our country’s responsibility within European and international discourse. With the establishment of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Board, the Federal Government has been institutionalizing the stakeholder dialogue since summer 2019.

This website served as a central platform for communicating the activities of a wide range of engaged actors in Germany and beyond.

Please find a short presentation on the Hub for Sustainable Finance here.