Financing post-growth? Green financial products for changed logics of production

Sabine Dörry, Christian Schulz

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Current debates on ‘green finance’ and ‘sustainable investments’ are shaped by the search for alternative ways of investing large volumes of capital to provide economic returns while abiding by certain social and ecological standards. The large institutional investors pursuing such goals include pension funds, insurance companies and foundations–as well as sovereign wealth funds. At the same time, many of the international financial centres (IFCs) where ‘green’ financial products are ‘produced’ are attempting not only to rebrand their core activities, but also to create new conditions for ‘green’(and sustainable) investments. These new conditions comprise, e. g., regulations and standards, new trading platforms, new degree programmes at universities and marketing techniques. Despite such dynamic developments there is currently no indication that the financial sector is reassessing or questioning the growth-based principles, mechanisms and motives of a financialised global economy. In contrast, the real economy is increasingly turning to alternative approaches, especially in regional contexts, such as the circular economy and enterprises with a common good orientation, some of which are funded by civil society or are semi-public, e. g. the social and solidarity economy, citizens’ cooperatives, etc. Due to their specific focus, orientation and, not least, size, many of these activities are of negligible relevance for the large investors mentioned above. There is an obvious discrepancy in granularity here with large investments primarily targeting large, international climate protection projects...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPost-Growth Geographies.
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Relations of Diverse and Alternative Economies
EditorsBastian Lange, Martina Hülz, Benedikt Schmid, Christian Schulz
Place of PublicationBielefeld
PublisherTranscript Verlag
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8394-5733-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-8376-5733-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameSocial and Cultural Geography
PublisherTranscript Verlag
ISSN (Print)2703-1640
ISSN (Electronic)2703-1659

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