The Global Sustainable Finance Conference is also an event for academic community from faculties and institutes that are relevant to the conference theme. The event will address some of the latest issues such as re-thinking financial industry in times of disruptive change and investing for creating a green and sustainable economy.

Moreover, this conference will help address the following issues:

  • connect theory to practice for implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals;

  • provide a platform to harness ideas, share knowledge and engage in a rich dialogue to transform the world;

  • discuss how sustainability challenge is changing the financial sector and the business community;

  • deliberate on effective initiatives that are required to develop and manage human capital for sustainable economy; and

  • explore opportunities for collaborative research and build networks

The Global Sustainable Finance Conference will also be an occasion for academic community to examine the actions needed by educational institutions in times of disruptive change that is sweeping the world. It provides a platform to debate on designing and launching distinctive programs and reforming existing courses to meet the changing requirements of businesses and society. The conference will contribute in narrowing the gap between theory and practice in sustainable development and will provide an opportunity to explore the growing role of financial industry in creating an inclusive economy.

In addition, the delegates will also have an opportunity to visit sustainability initiatives of Karlsruhe.

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The Global Sustainable Finance Network (GSFN) is a membership-based global initiative that brings together financial institutions and other stakeholders committed to the advancement of sustainable finance.

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Rewarding institutions with proven success in the field of sustainable finance.

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The Paradigm Shift
A New Mindset│ » From short term profit orientation to long term success

From Corporate Philanthropy to Business Case
Future Proofing │» Securing future market position by cutting costs and environmental footprint, reducing risks, responding to the changing market demands and benefiting from the emergence of the low carbon and green economy


The conference offers a major opportunity to explore innovations in financing and investing in the fields of sustainable infrastructure, clean energy, green real-estate projects, eco-mobility, organic farming and in other fields that help advance our transition to a low carbon economy

Share and Network

Showcase projects that accelerate our transition to sustainable economy

Present strategies to embed sustainability in finance and investments

Get feedback from practitioners and experts on your green initiatives

Network with peers and other stakeholders and build global partnerships

This global forum was launched in 2011 by European Organisation for Sustainable Development and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific in cooperation with the City of Karlsruhe under the auspices of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions and was endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme - Financial Institutions (UNEP FI).