Due to complex interrelations of global economic processes, it is necessary to bring innovative forces and responsibilities from the financial sector, investing public, politics and civil society all together. As part of the Green and Sustainable Finance events, we promote and coordinate this dialogue.

On this page you will find information about upcoming and past events.

Cluster Spotlight: Impact Investing or just ESG? Scientific findings and practical implementation

“Impact” has become a buzzword in sustainable investments. The range of understanding among market players in their use of the term is very wide. Regulatory law does not provide conclusive clarity, and academia is not in agreement either. Ultimately, however, it is crucial that the fundamental idea of “impact” be taken seriously by financial actors and be incorporated into as many investment and financing decisions as possible. After all, this is the only way that the financial world can make the contribution demanded by policymakers, regulators and the general public to the socio-ecological structural change in the economy that is now being invoked in many places – the great transformation. So what is behind the idea of “impact”? We will talk about this with experts from science, business and investment practice at our Cluster Spotlight Event.

Date & time: October 17, 2023, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Format: online


  • Welcome & Moderation

Susanne Bregy, Head of Impact Investing, Phineo

  • Kick-off: My Impact Journey

Antonis Schwarz, Impact Investor, Philanthropist and Impact Investing Consultant

  • Speech: From ambition to impact – (how) can sustainable financial products generate impact?

Prof. Dr. Timo Busch, University Hamburg

  • Discussion: Practical experience with the implementation of funds under Art. 9 SFDR – Impact or not?

Daniel Sailer, Head of Sustainable Investment Office, Metzler Asset Management

Sophie Kazmierczak, Chief Impact and Sustainability Officer, NEXT Generation Invest AG

Moderation: Michael Schmidt, Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany

  • Q&A

Sustainable Finance Summit Germany 2023 - We shape transformation

The Sustainable Finance Summit Germany, the signature event of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG), comes in a new format in its seventh year. Instead of a one-day conference in Frankfurt am Main, this year’s summit will take place between 6 and 16 November as a series of various events at different locations in Germany. The cooperative summit concept is organized and supported by various initiatives and actors – all of whom have one thing in common: they are working hard to shape and finance economic structural change in order to ensure sustainability and thus future viability.

In the following you will get an overview of the cooperation landscape and the currently planned events. In the coming weeks and months, we will keep you informed about the content of the individual events and the associated activities of our partners. The registration phase for the summit is expected to start at the end of August. We would be very pleased if you would note the dates that are of interest to you in your calendar today.

Cluster Spotlight event on the Eurex ESG Clearing Compass

A new approach to obtain readily available ESG data for more transparency.

Eurex Clearing will present its new service “ESG Clearing Compass” which aims to support the sustainable transformation journey of clearing members and their clients.

What advantages do the ESG Portfolio Assessment and Visibility Hub provide? How can existing infrastructure be leveraged to channel data?
And more generally: How can the clearing industry contribute to the transformation?

We look forward to discussing these questions with you.

Together with Deutsche Börse Group, we cordially invite you to a webinar (in German or English) on 27 April from 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Elizabeth Regan, Senior Vice President at Eurex Clearing AG
Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in financial markets from a trading and clearing perspective. During this time, she has worked on the development and implementation of innovative service offerings in various areas of the exchange. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree in business management and marketing at Cornell University, USA and her master’s degree in economics at the University of Hannover, Germany

Christina Sell, Chief Sustainability Officer Trading & Clearing at Deutsche Börse
Christina started her career at Deutsche Börse 2001. Before her promotion as Chief Sustainability Officer Trading & Clearing in 2021 she headed different teams in the exchange and clearing organization. She believes that collaboration, openness and endurance are required to tackle major challenges. The sustainable transformation is one of them. She studied German literature, political science and history at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main with a degree as Magistra Artium.

Net Zero Banking Alliance Germany releases Client Dialogue Tool and launches five-week feedback phase

23 March 2023, 9:30am -12:00pm

The time has come! The Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and the associated Net Zero Banking Alliance Germany (NZBAG) are pleased to announce the publication and testing phase of its Client Dialogue Tool (CDT), a guide to better understand and manage sustainability risks in credit financing. The presentation of the CDT will take place on 23 March between 9:30 and 12:00 at a hybrid event at the premises of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and digitally.

Everyone is talking about transformation finance. But what exactly is it and where does it happen, or where does it need to happen more frequently and in a more targeted way in the future? The banks involved in the NZBAG asked themselves these questions and it quickly became clear: transformation financing happens in the in-between of the financial and real economy, or more precisely, primarily in the lending business. Transparency is needed to ensure sustainable corporate financing on the part of the banks and thus to support the structural change of the real economy towards climate neutrality and reliably high social standards, and last but not least to reduce the risks in the loan portfolio. This transparency is created in dialogue between the bank and the company, with the aim of achieving a holistic understanding on both sides of the current and future requirements of the respective core business.

This is exactly where the CDT comes in. By providing a structured framework for discussion, it offers banks a low-threshold entry into this central dialogue with customers about the future. The questionnaire and an accompanying impulse paper address the top management levels in the banks and offer support for strategic considerations on the sustainable and thus competitive orientation of the banking business. The publication also addresses the implementation level in the banks and provides concrete orientation and support for employees in the customer business. See you on 23 March!