A look at the history of the ESDN reveals that ESDN Workshops have played a prominent role in facilitating networking between European SD practitioners and policy advisors. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Workshops so far. Please click on one of the Workshops for more details:
"The Future of the EU SDS - Expectations and Possible Contributions from the ESDN"
The 8th ESDN Workshop took place in Brussels on 22-23 November 2012. The workshop was entitled "Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development - Dimensions, Issues and Actors of an Emerging Arena". In total, 53 participant from 14 European countries and Japan attended the workshop.
The workshop intended to scope the mechanisms and operational design of financial markets, explore the functional and dysfunctional aspects in a SD perspective and, on this basis, develop concrete fields of action for SD policy related to financing, financial markets and finance governance. The outcomes of the workshop provide an orientation for SD policy-makers in the debate around the financial markets and future policy options in their administrations. In addition, it brought together actors from different fields to discuss and learn from their respective experiences to develop suggestions how the financial markets could better serve SD objectives. The workshop focused on questions such as: What are the conceptual frames, the framework conditions, mechanisms and recent developments of financial markets? What exact impacts does the current financial market system have on SD policy and practice? How can financial market reforms and additional instruments and institutions be designed in order to enhance SD? How are sustainable investing practices affected by other events and upheavals in financial markets, such as the financial crisis or the current Euro crisis? To what extent do (or should) investors reflect on SD objectives in their investment decisions?
Introduction to the workshop: Financial markets and sustainable development – SD perspective, scope of the topic, and the major challenges
Double global sustainability: International macro-economic perspectives and long-term environmental modernization
Financial markets and SD: Clarification of concepts, major actors, current challenges and how the financial market is connected to SD
Banking governance, financial crisis and structural challenges – the micro-level perspectiveof sustainability
Perspectives on double sustainability in Japan: Environmental aspects and long term economic dynamics
What could sustainable banking contribute towards a sustainable Europe?
Indices, sustainability ratingsand the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
The German Sustainability Code: Transparency and benchmarking of a company’s sustainability performance
European policy experiences
UK: Financial markets, institutions and policies in the UK– a sustainability perspective
Germany: The German approach towards financial markets and its relation towards sustainable development
Italy: From the financial crisis to the public debt crisis – some considerations on the Italian Case