Sustainability and responsible conduct in the financial industry


The world faces daunting environmental challenges. Increasing pressures on the environment are causing serious damage to ecosystems and threatening the lives of millions of people. Widespread consensus for action has been reached. Many top-down approaches, such as the promotion of green energy and green finance, have proven very effective.

At the same time, there is a growing understanding that these top-down approaches must be complemented by bottom-up approaches. Emerging digital technologies are opening a unique opportunity for such bottom-up approaches. New business models and bold entrepreneurs use these technologies to address sustainability challenges at home and abroad.

The SDG FinTech Initiative was founded in 2017 by FinTech start-ups and Frankfurt Main Finance e.V. to bridge the gap between the top-down approaches by politics and corporates and innovative bottom-up approaches from start-ups in the field of the internationally agreed development goals.


  • serve as a single point of contact for corporates, politics, research institutions, NGOs and development organizations seeking co-operations with Start-ups committed to the SDGs
  • foster the exchange of knowledge between the Start-ups themselves with a special emphasis on know-how-transfer between Start-ups in developed and developing markets
  • establish and strengthen links between SDG Start-ups and the players in development and development finance
  • foster legal harmonization in the EU (Capital Market Union)


The initiative is open to all start-ups whose corporate mission is directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advancement and all other interested parties – whether business, politics, NGOs, or development organizations.

Our partners Georg Schattney and Jochen Biedermann are the coordinators of the Initiative. Furthermore, Georg is the founder of GreenMania. Jochen chairs the Advisory Board of MES & DAK and is a mentor of Melanin Kapital.


The SDG FinTech Initiative. Sustainability and responsible conduct in the financial industry.