Green bonds: How the “green” makes a difference?

22 February 2017 | Articles, News

By Stefano Ramelli Green bonds are considered a potential channel to overcome the financing barriers for climate mitigation, adaptation and other environment-friendly projects. The issuance of green bonds has been experiencing a rapid growth over the last few years. The green bonds market was created in the period 2007-2008 by multilateral development banks (the European Investment Bank and the World Bank, in particular) and has started to expand since 2013 with the entrance of private sector issuers. Examples of corporate green bonds include the USD 1.75 billion note issued by Toyota in March 2014 and the USD 1.5 billion note issued by Apple in February 2016. Cities and local government bodies are also important actors of this market.... »

Call for Applications: oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy 2017

16 February 2017 | Featured

oikos and the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich will convene the 7th oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy from September 4-6, 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland.  The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017. You find further information here.... »

Social Responsibility in a Context of Globalization of the Markets: Comparative Study of Public Policies Articulation in the Pharmaceutical Industry of Brazil and Spain

Capitalist society faces one of its greatest challenges in the beginning of the millennium: How can sustainable social, economic and environmental development be reconciled with capitalist drivers of efficiency and generation of profits? With increasing international integration and pressure from financial markets, typical of the current neoliberal power model, it calls into question the extent to which corporations can make elections truly free in order to build a more responsible world. Furthermore, it is worth questioning whether it is possible to demand or even expect that states and governmental institutions participate and intervene more in society with increasing budgetary constraints and loss of autonomy. Based on these concerns about the role of corporations and about the validity of... »

oikos Newsletter February 2017

13 February 2017 | Newsletters

February is a busy month indeed! In the northern hemisphere, the world begins to defrost and glides slowly into warmer times, adding a bit of sunshine to our lives. And the oikos community always knows how to make hay while the sun shines! We kick off February with the oikos Asia Meet in Kolkata and subsequently visit the oikos Winter School in Witten. March is going to be about taking sustainable decisions, with the Spring Meeting and Legislative Meeting taking place in Hamburg. If you wish to broaden your network, don’t forget to have a look at the alumni portrait of Varun Sarda from oikos London, who is now with RBS. Meet our newest EB Member, Prudhvi Gadiraju,... »

oikos Alumni Meet Across Europe

07 February 2017 | News

“Berlin is a ‘hotspot’ for everyone interested in sustainability – be it related to academia or work.”, says Axel Bozier, who is organizing the second meeting of Berlin-based oikos alumni in April. No wonder that there are plenty of oikees from all generations in the German capital. Axel is alumnus of the oikos Chapter in Reims and has teamed up with Sophie Reinbold, who continues her studies in Berlin after having been a member of oikos Tübingen in Germany’s academic south. They want to use the opportunity in Berlin to strengthen the oikos network. The first meeting of 2017 took place in January (pictured). “It’s especially interesting to see that alumni from eight different oikos Chapters came together”,... »

oikos Alumnus Varun Sarda: “oikos developed my interest in sustainable finance”

06 February 2017 | News

“At the Winter School, I experienced the spirit of oikos” I first came across oikos while studying at university. A friend of mine who was active in oikos London told me about the organisation, and a couple of weeks later, I joined the oikos London team at the London School of Economics. I really enjoyed this experience and, a couple of months later, I subsequently participated in the oikos Winter School at the University of St. Gallen. There I experienced the spirit of oikos and was impressed by the outreach of the organisation and what it was trying to achieve at leading schools around the world. With this in mind, I subsequently joined the oikos International Executive Board... »

Can the World Run on Renewables?

06 February 2017 | Featured

Technological advancements have made renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar, cheaper and more versatile to use. Will these developments lead to a global energy revolution? Or this is a faint hope? To discuss this, three experts and oikos alumni will sit down on February 23rd with Benedikt Lemke, wind engineer and active oikos alumnus, in an online debate: Renewing Global Energy Revolution or Evolution? February 22nd 2017 at 6pm CET Learn more about the panelists and how to register by following this link: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/alumni/alumni-debates/?tab=Alumni (c) Solar panel picture: Aslan Development Bank (Flickr)... »

Athens hosted oikos Executive Board Strategy Meeting

03 February 2017 | News

From 25 to 29 January 2017 , the oikos Executive Board (EB) met for their annual strategy meeting in Athens. The board for the running year is composed by Ankit Agarwal, Vusal Abasov, Prudhvi Gadiraju, Sanober Shaikh (joined online) and oikos President Levan Pangani. The EB spent four productive days in Greece to ensure that the upcoming year is the most successful and fruitful for oikos to date. The board first met for an informal Greek dinner at a local restaurant. However, from the next day on, they embarked on an intense journey, with emotional discussions and promising conclusions. Initially, the board devoted time to teambuilding and set goals for the strategy meeting. The most experienced EB members (EBs) shared... »

The Times, They Are A-Digital

24 January 2017 | News

For 6 months, Christoph Rappitsch from Austria has been doing research on “Digital Economy and Sustanability” under the flag of oikos. As he parts with us in January, he leaves behind a comprehensive report, which will be published here at a later point. And with us remains the legacy of three great events. A passionate musician and visionary, he wrote his recap inspired by Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan. Read it here: Bob Dylan once wrote: “…you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times, they are a-changing.” And nothing is truer for the Digital Economy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) than this sentence. After spending six months doing research on this very... »

Can the World Run on Renewables?

24 January 2017 | News

Technological advancements have made renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar, cheaper and more versatile to use. In a short period of time, solar has become the cheapest generator of electricity in some sunny places like Chile and Saudi Arabia – and it may well undercut coal in global average prices in a matter of years. Will these developments lead to a global energy revolution? Or this is a faint hope? Can electricity production become a driver for green growth? Or is this a feel-good story from policy makers? And if it’s not, what are the framework developments in finance, policy, and research that need to be met? To discuss this, three experts and oikos alumni will sit... »