International Forum - Responsible investments in the CIS region

17-18 December 2019

Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40, 60325 Frankfurt am Main

Responsible investments (RI) and Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors remain key topics for the financial society of developed countries for the last five years, while emerging markets are still behind this trend. CIS countries just recently joined this global financial initiative: the first green bonds were issued in 2018, several companies and financial institutions from the CIS went recently through ESG/ sustainable finance certification. The key aim of the conference is to present ESG and RI pioneers of the CIS market to the EU financial community, as well as to discuss the most recent trends in the area of EU responsible finance.

Format of the event:

  • Day 1 – International conference: panel discussions, networking (including AHK Members Evening Meeting) and award ceremony (total length – half a day)
  • Day 2 – Personal meetings day: B2B and B2G meetings for the conference partners and sponsors from CIS: visits to business associations of Germany, authorities and companies, excursions and entertainment program

Key topics for panel discussions:

- Current stance of the investment climate in the CIS countries and regions

- Green and sustainable finance in the CIS: first cases and market outlook

- ESG and Green Finance “champions” from CIS

- ESG finance and Green Bonds regulation: EU vs CIS

- Integration of the ESG criteria to the strategies of the EU Investment Funds and private investors

- Responsible investment/ business principles for banks working with the developing countries

- Integration of ESG factors to the trade finance and supply chain compliance


Participants invited for the panel discussions:

From International organizations and companies:

- International and European financial associations and authorities

- International development banks

- German federal and state authorities


- Russian-German Chamber of commerce

- Frankfurt am Main chamber of commerce

- European commercial banks

- European private equity funds

- German industrial companies and associations

From CIS countries:

- Central and regional authorities

- Representatives of Central Banks, Stock-Exchanges and financial authorities of CIS

- Export and Investment promotion agencies


- Local industrial companies and exporters from CIS

- CIS commercial banks and investment funds

- CIS business-associations

- Environmental and sustainable finance experts

Key analytical and support materials:

- ESG and credit ratings of CIS regions and companies

- ESG rankings of CIS regions

- ESG rankings of CIS companies

- Green bond report


- Rankings of investment attractiveness of CIS regions

- Research “ESG-finance and RI in CIS: current stance and market outlook”

- CIS markets and industry researches


The event will be held in English / German / Russian language with simultaneous translation.

Agenda of the event - English version