Event Announcement

Future-securing social investments - what do we need to do?

29 May 2024, 09:30 - 19:30 : Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Tiergartenstraße 15, 10785 Berlin

The future viability of our society depends on a comprehensive sustainable transformation, in which social investment must also be promoted.

However, the social investment landscape is like a jigsaw puzzle, with pieces worth 100 to 150 billion euros missing in Europe every year. This investment gap is particularly evident in the areas of affordable and socially acceptable housing, education, refugee integration and health and care.

In order to future-proof our society, we must not only invest in ecological transformation, but also focus on social investments. Private capital will play a key role here, too. The high demand for „social and resilience bonds“ already reflects the growing interest of investors. However, in order to increasingly channel financial flows into social projects, a sensible orientation framework is required.

This function could provide a sort of guideline for "social products and services" in areas such as housing, health, education and social entrepreneurship. Instead of new and complex regulations, the existing definitions and regulations at European level should be brought together. A roadmap for financing investments in social products and services can mobilize the necessary financial resources and thus lay the foundation for a socially sustainable future.

Germany as a financial center can make a significant contribution to this. We cordially invite you to discuss with us how investments can be made towards the cohesion of society.

If you are interested, please register here by April 29th!
You will receive the final confirmation of participation after the registration deadline!
Please note: Photos and films will be taken during the event for public relations purposes.


9:30 – 10:00: Registration
10:00 – 10:15: Welcome by the Baden-Württemberg State Representation and Georg Baur, Member of the Executive Board, Association of German Public Banks, VÖB
10:15 – 10:45: Key Note Sven Giegold, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry  for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection
10:45 – 12:00: Panel moderated by Yvonne Zwick, Chairwoman of B.A.U.M. e.V., Participants:

  • Zarah Bruhn, Commissioner for Social Innovation at the BMBF and member of the German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Dr. Hinrich Holm, Chairman of the Board, IBB
  • Thomas Richter, Managing Director, BVI
  • Dr. Ekkehard Thiesler, Chairman of the Management Board, Bank for Church and Diaconia

12:00 – 12:45: Lunch snack
13:00 – 13:30: Keynote speech "Investments in the social infrastructure of municipalities as the basis for a successful transformation", Marc Elxnat, Councillor, German Association of Cities and Municipalities e.V. (DStGB)
13:30 – 15:30: Thematic workshops
15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30: Wrap-up thematic workshops
17:30 – 19:30: Get-together

Thematic Workshops (in parallel):

Housing (Moderation: Christian Gebhardt, GdW Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies e.V.)
Healthcare (Moderation: Antje Schneeweiß, Working Group of Church Investors, AKI)
Education (Chair: Laura Knierim, KfW Banking Group)
Social entrepreneurship (Moderation: Martin Jung, Hamburg Investment and Development Bank)

Note: Event will be held in German