Technologies for sustainable future represents today one of the world’s highest growth sectors. The industrialized world, emerging economies and developing countries are investing billions of dollars every year in sustainable infrastructure and innovative environmental friendly technologies. The trend is set to continue as the regulatory framework becomes more and more stringent forcing industries to reduce their environmental impact. Green consumerism is on the rise, eco-boom is attracting large scale investments and the massive increase in the use of energy particularly in the developing economies is giving boost to the renewable energy businesses. The shift from resource intensive and high carbon economy to resource efficient, socially just and a more sustainable economy is fast taking place.

These developments have opened new opportunities for private equity and venture capital industry. And in these times of transformation to low carbon and sustainable economy, the equity and venture capital investors have an opportunity to make significant contribution to social progress and environmental protection.

It is in this backdrop that the Global Sustainable Finance Conference provides the members of equity and venture capital companies an opportunity to:

  • examine the 17 SDGs ratified by the UN member states on September 25, 2015;

  • Gain valuable insight on how sustainability transformation is impacting equity and venture capital industry

  • Share success stories on investment in fast growing sector of sustainable technologies and get feedback from global audience

  • Debate on investment opportunities and challenges in eco-friendly technology-driven world

  • Network with peers and other stakeholders from all over the world and build global partnerships

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).