The “International Summer School on Social Banking & Sustainable Finance” is the annual international conference on social banking as well as sustainable and alternative finance. About 80 guests from 20 countries from social and sustainable banks, alternative financial institutions, traditional banks and other interested people such as students will explore insights into the opportunities and challenges, roots and characteristics of this rapidly evolving field, from both practitioners and academics.The Summer School will highlight the key principles for the lending side, the credit side and the supporting business of social banks. Experts will share best practices and explore the principles for a sustainable finance future. Participants will together explore the future challenges and the transformative potential for social and sustainable banks in particular and the financial sector in general and ask the question: what are new roles for banks -between power position and decentralized network?
Speakers such as expert practitioners from within the ISB member banks as well as from other background, offer their knowledge in workshops that allows participants to engage with each other and build a strong network, while experiencing the field of social banks and sustainable finance and the sectors that they are connected with.
In a week-long course participants engage in a profound exploration of the principles of social and sustainable banking and finance, and explore what those principles offer for society in the light of amongst others the Social Development Goals, the UNEP FI Principles for responsible banking and the implications of the EU action plan on sustainable finance.