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Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen

Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG), founded in 2001, is the industry association promoting sustainable investment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It has over 150 corporate members, including banks, investment management companies, insurance companies, rating agencies, investment companies, asset managers, financial advisers and NGOs, and around 30 individual members.

Our Aims
•     To provide comprehensive and up-to-date information to the general public,
       to investors and to decision-makers in the realms of politics,  business and academia.
•     To increase awareness of sustainable investment in the financial sector and amongst
      the general public.
•     To highlight the positive impact of sustainable investment on the direction of social and
      environmental change.
•     To encourage networking between the relevant players.
•     To take an active part in promoting the development, transparency and quality of
      sustainable financial products.
•     To help shape the necessary political, legal and economic framework.
Our objectives
Delivering up-tp-date information: FNG provides information on current market developments, news from the sustainable financial sector and relevant publications and events, as well as producing an annual status report on sustainable investment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Shaping the political and legal framework: FNG represents its members’ interests at the national and European levels and provides information about key political debates. FNG is a founding member of the European umbrella organisation  Eurosif.
Engaging in ongoing press and PR work: FNG liaises continuously with the press and represents its members at the major trade fairs. It produces information materials, supplies press releases to the trade press, organises events and puts people in touch with experts from among its members.
Collaborating with other organisations: FNG works with numerous media and other partners; it offers its members a wide range of contacts and in many cases special terms.

Assuring the quality of sustainable investments: FNG works constantly to improve quality standards for sustainable investment products. Since 2008, Eurosif, with FNG as a partner, has been awarding a transparency logo for sustainable mutual funds.



European network for the promotion of sustainable investment

The European umbrella organisation Eurosif was founded by five national SIFs (Sustainable Investment Forums) from France, Germany, UK, Italy and the Netherlands.   

The European SIF family now comprises 11 national forums.

          Danish Sustainable Investment Forum (DANSIF)  |

          Dutch Social Investment Forum (VBDO)  |

          European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF)  |

          French Social Investment Forum (FIR)  |

          German / Austrian / Swiss Sustainable Investment Forum (FNG)  |

          Italia Forum for Sustainable Finance (Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile) |  

          Norwegian SIF (Norsif)  |

      Spain Social Investment Forum (SPAINSIF) |

         Swedish Social Investment Forum (SWESIF) |

         UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)  |

Members of Eurosif are BELSIF, FNG, FIR, UKSIF, Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile, VBDO, SPAINSIF and SWESIF.

SIFs worldwide:

      Afrika  |

         Asia  |

         Australasia  |

         Canada  |

         India  |

         Japan  |

         USA |

as sind nachhaltige Geldanlagen?
Nachhaltige Geldanlagen ergänzen die klassischen Kriterien der Rentabilität, Liquidität und Sicherheit um ökologische, soziale und ethische Bewertungspunkte.
Welche Anlageformen gibt es?
Im Bereich nachhaltiger Geldanlagen stehen praktisch alle gängigen Finanzprodukte zur Verfügung, wie z.B.:
Betriebliche Altersvorsorgeprodukte
Geschlossene Fonds
Private Altersvorsorgeprodukte
Sparbriefe, Sparkonten, Festgelder
Marktentwicklung im Bereich der Publikumfonds
Der Markt nachhaltiger Geldanlagen wächst stetig. Gerade vor dem Hintergrund der Finanzmarktkrise wird die Frage nach den Inhalten von Finanzprodukten immer wichtiger.
Im Jahr 2007 summierte sich das Volumen nachhaltiger Geldanlagen bei Anbietern aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz auf 33,4 Mrd. Euro. Der Anteil der nachhaltigen Geldanlagen zum Gesamtmarkt betrug so in Deutschland und Österreich 0,7% am Gesamtmarkt und in der Schweiz 2,8%.
Verteilung der Ökofonds
Fonds, die bei ihren Investments über ökonomische Faktoren hinaus auch soziale und ökologische Kriterien berücksichtigen. Nachhaltigkeitsfonds, die in eine spezielle Branche oder ein spezielles Thema (z.B. Wasser, erneuerbare Energien) investieren. Es handelt sich also um Themenfonds, die über ökonomische Faktoren hinaus auch soziale und ökologische Kriterien berücksichtigen. Fonds, die alleinig oder vorwiegend ethisch motivierte Ausschlusskriterien verwenden. Der Begriff hat seine Wurzeln im anglo-amerikanischen Bereich. In Österreich werden Ethikfonds oft verstanden als Nachhaltigkeitsfonds, die neben ökologischen und sozialen Positivkriterien auch ethisch motivierte Ausschlusskriterien verwenden. Nachhaltigkeitsfonds, die vorwiegend Umweltkriterienberücksichtigen.


Sustainable Investments 

There are a variety of terms used to describe investments with an environmental, ethical or social focus - green money, social investment, ethical investment, sustainable investment - and all of these are encompassed by the concept of sustainability.

Definition: sustainable investments supplement the traditional criteria of profitability, liquidity and security with environmental, social and ethical evaluation criteria.

Sustainable investment is the umbrella term for sustainable, responsible, ethical, social and environmental investment and all other investment processes that take the influence of ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria into account in their financial analyses. It also presupposes the existence of an explicit written investment policy on the use of ESG criteria.


There are a variety of different investment processes:

Negative investment criteria – also called negative screening or exclusion criteria – provide the basis for an investment strategy that is used to exclude from the investment universe those industries, companies and even countries which fail to meet certain social, environmental and governance criteria, which do not fulfil the ethical claims made in their business policies or which breach international norms and standards as defined by OECD, ILO, UN and others.





Value-based exclusion criteria are those used to make decisions based on investors' own  values. They include e.g.:


Nuclear power

Chlorine-based chemicals and agrochemicals 

Genetic engineering


Controversial environmental behaviour








Animal testing

Exploitation of child labour



Systematic lobbying of public institutions with the aim of lowering CSR standards

Repeated/systematic corruption



Norm-based exclusion criteria are those used to exclude companies and countries based on breaches of international norms and standards. They include e.g.:





CITES violations

Non-ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

Violations of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Non-ratification of the Protocol on Biosafety

Exclusion  of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) as defined by the Stockholm Convention

Violations of other environmental treaties

Breaches of ILO Conventions

Breaches of non-proliferation treaties

Breaches of the Geneva Convention

Violations of human rights

Violations of fundamental democratic and political rights (political participation, freedom of the press, etc.)

Breaches of other international conventions.

Violations of laws (e.g. environmental legislation, consumer protection law, legislation on accountancy fraud, equal opportunities legislation)

Infringements of anti-trust law (e.g. abuse of a dominant market position)

Positive Screening is an SRI investment approach that proactively seeks out companies in certain business activities and/or with leading business practices, based on a set of ESG criteria. This may include Best-in-Class or SRI thematic funds for instance.

SRI thematic funds may focus on sectors such as Water, Energy, or issues such as the transition to sustainable development and a low carbon economy. To be considered SRI, a thematic fund must show an explicit SRI motivation, taking into account ESG considerations in the fund construction process. This requires the existence of specific mechanisms, such as the involvement of SRI expertise in stock analysis selection, the application of an ESG screen, or the management of the product by the SRI team.

Best-in-Class is an approach where the leading companies with regard to ESG criteria from each individual sector or industry group are identified and included/over-weighted in the portfolio.

On 03 June 2019 we published the Marktbericht Nachhaltige Geldanlagen 2019 (Market Report Sustainable Investments 2019) for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The FNG annual publication established itself as the industry's main reference and can be found in numerous literature lists. We present current volumes and investment strategies as well as the latest trends and developments in the sustainable investment market.

We were able to reach around 10,000 readers via downloads, displays at industry events, print mailings to our members and interested parties. The huge demand for data and high quality of the report is also shown by the large media response. Even two months after the publication of the report, there has been no decrease in related inquiries. We can refer to a large number of citations in the press about FNG or this year's market report. In addition to online media and business magazines with a large reach, we can also refer to articles in print media. An overview of all press articles can be found here.

Would you like to find out the latest figures on the market report in a nutshell? - Here you will find the most important at a glance, summarised and presented in a compact form!

The Sustainable Investment Market in Germany 2019

The Sustainable Investment Market in Austria 2019

The Sustainable Investment Market in Switzerland 2019



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