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Our approach

  • Research. FaFin realises scientific projects and produces publications.
  • Education. FaFin provides information and offers various training and event formats.
  • Design. FaFin structures processes, initiates and accompanies dialogues and collaborates on pragmatic solution concepts.

 

Why start with the monetary and financial system?

The monetary and financial system, its institutions and the people who work in it have a significant impact on the economy and thus on the natural and social environment. Therefore, the monetary and financial system, as integral part of the broader economic system, requires a wide range of changes in order to transform towards socio-ecologically sustainable development. At the same time, it harbours great ecological and social leverage potential.

The Fair Finance Institute (FaFin) is working towards bringing about these changes and tapping into this leverage potential. If the monetary and financial system does not change, the sustainability goals will not be achievable.

What are the central topics?

We therefore need to reorganise the monetary and financial system in such a way that it serves people and protects our livelihoods. A large number of our topics are linked to this goal. They include, among others:

  • The importance of the monetary and financial system for sustainable development.
  • The regulation of the financial market.
  • The sustainability of financial market players and sustainable investments.
  • Fair financial services and sustainable financial products.
  • A sustainable economic system that includes the monetary and financial system as a subsystem.

FaFin contributes to the aforementioned topics and areas depending on the issue and the respective opportunities and challenges with regard to the socio-ecological transformation of the monetary and financial system.

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How do we work?

FaFin often works in such a way that it tries something new, breaks through existing boundaries of thought and dares to experiment. New approaches are developed across topics and areas, narrow scientific disciplines, institutional and system boundaries, previous habits and organisational patterns. In a collaborative learning process, pragmatic models and concepts are developed that have the potential to diffuse into the mainstream and enable people, organisations and systems for socio-ecological transformation.

FaFin takes a systemic approach wherever possible. The aim is to satisfy the complex interactions that inevitably arise between different actors, areas and topics in the socio-ecological transformation of the monetary and financial system. To this end, the causes must be analysed and different perspectives and approaches taken into account. Obstacles, opportunities, unintended consequences and external effects must be recognised, intervention points identified and feedback loops considered.

What do we offer?

FaFin conducts research for a fair and sustainable monetary and financial system. It enables and eductes people, organisations and systems for the necessary socio-ecological transformation. And it creates concepts and solutions for a financial system that promotes sustainable development.

The three areas in detail:

  • Research. FaFin realises scientific projects and produces publications.
  • Education. FaFin provides information and offers various training and event formats.
  • Design. FaFin structures processes, initiates and accompanies dialogues and collaborates on pragmatic solution concepts.

How do we see ourselves?

FaFin sees itself as a pioneer towards a fair and sustainable monetary and financial system. It is proactively involved and provides constructive and critical support for social and economic innovations. In doing so, it pursues a comprehensive approach that goes far beyond traditional sustainable finance topics and combines, for example, issues of climate, monetary and financial policy.

The not-for-profit status as an organisational form was deliberately chosen because in future all companies should be oriented towards the common good and FaFin wants to set an example in this respect.

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Contact us

We look forward to meeting you! Please feel free to contact us by e-mail or telephone.