The importance of sustainability for politics, business and society has risen sharply in recent years. This is also due to the commitment of many dedicated people who, through their tireless work, have put sustainability right at the top of the agenda of political and commercial decision-makers. Nevertheless, the relevance of the SDGs, as a globally accepted framework for sustainable development, is not yet perceived equally everywhere.
In order to change this, we support several outstanding initiatives that promote awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in business and the financial sector, and encourage young people to develop and implement innovative solutions to achieve the SDG.
Bundesinitiative Impact Investing
By establishing the impact investing ecosystem in Germany, the Bundesinitiative Impact Investing aims to create the conditions for additional capital to be used to meet social and ecological challenges. SDG INVESTMENTS® is part of the network consisting of active cooperation partners such as impact investors, family offices, financial service providers, innovative social enterprises, intermediaries and consulting services.
The StartGreen Award, an initiative of the renowed Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, strengthens founders of the Green Economy by supporting innovative start-ups in the field of climate protection and sustainability and providing visibility in the German and European scene. As in 2018, SDG INVESTMENTS® is also the main partner for the StartGreen Award in 2019.
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen
The Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e.V. (FNG) is the professional association for sustainable investments in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland since 2001. Its more than 170 members include banks, capital investment companies, insurance companies, rating agencies, investment companies, asset managers, financial advisors and NGOs. SDG INVESTMENTS® is not only a member, but also supports the FNG every year in preparing the market report on sustainable investments.
Global Goals JAM
The Global Goals JAM is a bottom-up initative where creative teams work together on local challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals in a two day event. Using a tailored toolkit, the teams create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term SDGs. But more than an event, the Global Goals JAM is also a network of cities and organisations that are excited to engage their local communities to create real impact for the SDGs. SDG INVESTMENTS® supports the Global Goals JAM Berlin 2018 and 2019 and helps to bring the event also to Frankfurt for the first time in 2019.
UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH is a non-profit started in 2017. Since 2017, UNLEASH has been held in Denmark and in Singapore. In 2019, UNLEASH will take place in Shenzhen in China. SDG INVESTMENTS® is an UNLEASH Talent Partner and supports young people to commit themselves to the SDGs in the context of UNLEASH.
WORLD'S LARGEST LESSON
World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. The initative proviedes free, open source teaching resources about the SDGs, which are available online in over 10 languages. The materials can be used to teach lessons, run projects and engage young people in supporting the Global Goals. SDG INVESTMENTS® helps to increase awareness about the World’s Largest Lesson and encourages schools and teachers in Germany to use the materials.
Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland
Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND) is engaged to build up the Business Angels Culture in Germany. BAND organizes the exchange of experience and supports co-operations. As the umbrella organization of the German informal venture capital market, BAND is the speaker of the German Business Angels and Business Angels networks towards politicians and the public. BAND was founded in 1998 as a registered association. Since 2001 BAND is the recognized umbrella organization of the German Business Angels and their networks
UnternehmensGrün (UG©) – the German Federal association of green economy – was founded as early as 1992. Representing its diverse members, UG© campaigns for the protection of the environment and a sustainable economy. UG© is a nonpartisan, non-profit and financially independent entrepreneurs association. Mmembers are mainly small and medium-sized businesses, who have a common interest in operating in a sustainable and responsible manner.
The “SDG FinTech-Initiative” was founded by Start-ups from Frankfurt and Frankfurt Main Finance to bridge the gap between the top-down approaches by politics and big corporates and innovative bottom-up approaches from Start-ups in the field of the internationally agreed development goals.