The Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) is a network of 15 scholars, mostly economists, from various Dutch universities. The network's main focal point lies in Utrecht, the academic home of founding members Herman Wijffels and Klaas van Egmomd and five other SFL members. With the support of Triodos bank, Rabobank, DNB and Dutch development bank FMO, SFL conducts research and organises both public and private debates aimed at promoting financial sector reform. SFL explicitly highlights the links between the financial crisis and the social and ecological problems facing the Netherlands and the rest of the world. July 2014 saw the publication of the report Een schuldbewust land ('A conscience-stricken country'), which concluded that we are overly focused on financial parameters at the expense of social and ecological values, and generally fail to look beyond flow variables. As a result, the stocks on which our future flows depend may decline to dangerously low levels.
- 13:00-13:30 presentation of Sustainable Finance Lab report Een schuldbewust land by Herman Wijffels and Rens van Tilburg.
- 13:30-13:50 discussion
- 13:50-14:00 break
- 14:00-14:20 Prof. Clemens Kool (USE), on financial debt.
- 14:20-14:40 Prof. Paul Schnabel (UU), on social debt.
- 14:40-15:00 Prof. Klaas van Egmond (UU) on ecological debt.
- 15:00-15:15 break
- 15:15-16:15 parallel sessions with three speakers. Identification of potential research avenues.
Clemens Kool in the Sweelinckzaal. Paul Schnabel at Drift 6 in room 0.07. Klaas van Egmond at Drift 6 in room 0.17.
- 16:15-16:45 round table discussion / feedback from parallel sessions.
The report can be downloaded at the website of the Sustainable Finance Lab.