Athens (Greece) – On the 30th of May 2019, FEBEA held its Annual Conference dedicated to “Ethical finance and Impact entrepreneurship – leveraging community potential towards sustainability” , co-hosted by our local member Cooperative Bank of Karditsa. More than 120 ethical finance and social economy practitioners from more than 12 countries attended.
The conference allowed to explore how ethical finance can contribute to the development of local communities via fostering the development of impact entrepreneurship.
The ministry of economy, Mr. Yannis Dragasakis, opened the conference remarking the importance of cooperative banks and sustainable financial practices for the development of the real economy and the support to the communities, especially during crisis period.
The keynote speaker, Andrea Baranes – President of Fondazione Finanza Etica, highlighted in particular the need to focus on the social taxonomy of sustainable finance, in addition to the green taxonomy.
Several best practices were also presented both by financial institutions and impact entrepreneurs.
On the 31st we held our General Assembly and several workshops dedicated to social impact assessment and reporting, fuding and capacity building opportunities, and an interesting Q&A session with the European Investment Fund!
We are glad to announce also two new members of our Federation, Chania Bank from Greece, accepted as effective member, and Erste Social Finance from Austria accepted as associate member.
We would like to thank once again our member Cooperative Bank of Karditsa for the wonderful organisation, the amazing speakers and all the attendants!