The conference will take place in the city of Karlsruhe in Germany. It is located on the Rhine River between the mountains of the Palatinate, the Vosges and the world renowned Black Forest.

Karlsruhe enjoys excellent air, rail and road links. Frankfurt International Airport, which is one of the world’s largest airports, is just an hour away by direct train. Thre are bullet/ high-speed trains running between the airport terminal and Karlsruhe Main Station. For more information on timings and platform numbers, please visit the website of German Railways.

The city is at the intersection of the major Autobahn (German motorway) A5 Hamburg-Karlsruhe-Basel A6/A8 (Paris). It is a cultural center and home to several museums including the largest cultural history museum in the region. Karlsruhe is also known for innovation and technology, strong economic base, German Justice (home to Germany’s highest courts) and above all for being a green city.

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The Paradigm Shift
Embarking on a Sustainable Journey » From short term profit orientation to long term success.

Future Proofing
Securing future market position by: creating the culture of innovation; responding to the challenge of change in the financial industry; and redefining success in the age of disruption


The conference offers a distinctive opportunity to explore:
The 21st century strategies and practices in banking and finance
Critical role of financial sector players in transforming the world
Leadership responsibilities and opportunities for financial institutions in times of depleting natural resources, rapid technological advancement and fast changing global political economy

Share and Network

Demonstrate your institution’s sustainability initiatives
Connect with people committed to make a positive change in the financial industry
Get valuable feedback on your action steps
Build global partnerships for your sustainability journey

The focus sessions will include inspiring, informative & engaging discussions on:

Financing innovations for sustainability
Latest developments in financial inclusion and SME Finance

Large-scale project financing for achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Green and responsible investments

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. It was initiated under the auspices of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions and was endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme - Financial Institutions (UNEP FI).