In your opinion, what is the key to successfully promoting and developing the sustainable finance trend?
Dr. Gerald Podobnik: Our clients are developing an awareness for how absolutely necessary sustainable financing is. It should be our primary aim to make this an integral part of our corporate culture. Sustainable finance is not a fad that will no longer be chic in a few years, nor is it an end in itself. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. When a company really puts sustainability into practice, it will, for example, reduce its CO2 emissions. This can be done through better filter systems or by sourcing sustainably generated energy. I am aware that these investments can be expensive at first glance. But that’s what we banks are there for – to offer our clients products so they can afford these investments more readily. One aspect of sustainability is very important to me and should not go unmentioned: sustainability inevitably leads to innovation, and innovation creates new jobs. This is often not factored in, but it is of immense importance.