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Berlin Conference 2013

GABV annual meeting 2013

Transforming banking values

The Change-makers: Transforming banking values conference is the subject of GLS Bank’s Spring edition of ‘Bankspiegel’. The magazine focuses on the GABV in general, and reflects on the Berlin 2013 public conference day in particular.

The GABV’s 2013 annual meeting took place in Berlin in March, marking the fourth anniversary of a growing network of values-based banks.

This year a major public event, hosted by GABV founders GLS Bank in Germany, has explored ‘transforming banking values’, with contributions from the leaders of the world’s pioneering sustainable banks, politicians, and academics. Details about the event follow below.

A two-day membership meeting, from 15-16 March, followed the public event. In it, member bank CEOs explored how to extend the influence of people-first banking so it becomes the norm and not the exception.

Change-makers: 
Transforming banking values

Thursday 14 March, 2013
Axica Conference and Convention Centre, Berlin

This conference offered participants a unique opportunity to collaborate and explore unexpected partnerships with, and find inspiration from, leaders of the world’s leading sustainable banks. Policy-makers, opinion formers, commentators and international bankers co-created concrete ways to transform values in the banking sector to help shape a greener and more sustainable economy.

Discussions ranged from the role and responsibilities of banks in a progressive society to how social entrepreneurship can equip today’s generation for tomorrow’s challenges. International speakers included social entrepreneurship champion, and Chancellor of Johannesburg University, Wendy Luhabe, and author and macroeconomist, Tomas Sedlacek, among others. Details of all speakers follow below.

After a day of discussion and workshops, an evening exhibition with stories and images showcased the impact of GABV member banks, followed by ‘Which way now? Re-imagining Our Banks in Light of the German Experience.’ Contributions and a panel discussion included Uwe Fröhlich, President of BVR (Federal Association of German Cooperative Banks), Sven Giegold, European Parliament, Brussels, Georg Fahrenschon, President of DSGV (Federal Association of German Savings Banks and Giro), and Thomas Jorberg, CEO GLS Bank.

Peter BlomPeter Blom has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of the European sustainable bank, Triodos Bank, since 1997. He is a member of The Club of Rome, co-founder and Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, and member of the Board of The Dutch Banking Association.

Martina DaseMartina Dase is a strategy and communications consultant for values-based companies and NGOs. She has been marketing VP at ‘Welthungerhilfe, was responsible for communications at Greenpeace, Hamburg, and was a media advisor to the CEO at Greenpeace International, Amsterdam. As a documentary film maker she has been awarded the Herbert Quandt Media Prize.

Dr. Georg FahrenschonDr. Georg Fahrenschon is president of the German Savings Banks Association, DSGV, the umbrella organisation of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe. He is member of several Supervisory Boards, e.g. Landesbank Berlin and has been member of the German Parliament.

Uwe FröhlichUwe Fröhlich is president of BVR, the central organization of the cooperative banking group after having gained experiences as CEO of Berlin Cooperative Bank – the biggest cooperative rural bank in the area of Berlin – and IBM Germany.

Sven GiegoldSven Giegold is a financial and economic expert and Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Green since July 2009. He is a cofounder of Finance Watch, a public interest association dedicated to making finance work for the good of society

Thomas JorbergThomas Jorberg is CEO of GLS Bank, and a member of the Supervisory Board of Elektrizitätswerke Schönau, Hannoversche Kassen, and Fair-finance Holding AG Austria and member of the GABV Steering Committee. In 2011 he received the German Fairness Award of the Fairness-Stiftung.

Prof. Dr. Norbert LammertProf. Dr. Norbert Lammert is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He has been the President of the Bundestag, the German parliament, since 2005. Prior to that he was Parliamentary State Secretary and Vice-president of the “Deutscher Bundestag”.

Dr. Wendy LuhabeDr. Wendy Luhabe is Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. Her career experience ranges from corporate employment to social entrepreneurship and the boardroom, with bridging the gap between women and the economy a common thread between all her endeavors. She is featured regularly in media as one of South Africa’s most influential women.

Dr. Claus Otto ScharmerDr. Claus Otto Scharmer is Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding Chair of the Presencing Institute. He has co-designed and delivered award-winning leadership programmes.. He introduced the concept of “presencing” – learning from the emerging future – in his book, Theory U.

Dr. Tomáš SedláčekDr. Tomáš Sedláček is a Czech economist and university lecturer. He is the Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at Czechoslovak Trade Bank (ČSOB), former member of the Czech National Economic Council and previously served as an economic advisor to former President Václav Havel. His book Economics of Good and Evil is an international bestseller and won the 2012 prize for the best economic book in Germany.

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