Sustainable investments


Confronted with ongoing climate change, states, companies, and investors are under pressure to invest in structural transformation. Sustainability criteria should already be considered in the investment process. How can capital flows be aligned with the necessary economic restructuring?


Research topics:

  • Sustainable financial products
  • Green bonds
  • Sustainability labels
  • Impact investing
  • Impact measurement
  • Divestment
  • Shareholder engagement and stewardship
  • Sustainable financial market policy
  • Investment incentives
  • International climate finance


  • Policy Brief, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainability Risks and Opportunities

    PB 9/2021: The EU sustainable finance strategy – Implications for the future German Federal Government

    The EU’s revised sustainable finance strategy confirms the important role of the financial sector in the sustainability transition of the economy, but does not sufficiently…

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  • Policy Brief, Sustainability Reporting

    PB 8/2021: Why it would be important to expand the scope of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and make it work for SMEs

    Since the introduction of the NFRD in 2014, demand for sustainability information has significantly increased, but actual sustainability reporting has not kept up. Thus, the…

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  • Policy Brief, Sustainability Reporting

    PB 7/2021: What information is relevant for sustainability reporting? The concept of materiality and the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

    Today, the demand for companies to disclose non-financial information is driven by a keen interest of a wide range of institutions, including governments, financial supervisory…

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  • Policy Brief, Sustainability Risks and Opportunities

    PB 5/2021: Scenario Analysis as a Tool for Companies, Investors, and Regulators on the Path to Climate Neutrality

    The structural transformation necessary for achieving climate neutrality is characterized by many interdependent changes. Shaping the transition to a zero-emissions economy cannot be based on…

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  • Policy Brief, Sustainability Reporting

    PB 2/2021: Investors Face Challenges with Corporate Carbon Emissions Data – Call for a Mandatory Disclosure Regulation

    In this policy brief, we discuss the importance, availability, and quality of carbon data to investors who wish to mitigate climate change. In the absence…

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