Within this framework, the Feri Group is establishing a competence centre for sustainability. It will develop sustainable investment solutions and service concepts for institutional and private investors and coordinate activities in this area. It will be headed by Antje Biber, who will be responsible for the Group’s international activities.
The name “FERI SDG Office” refers to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. Feri deliberately avoids the usual catchword ESG. “This is not enough for us, as ESG-compliant investment usually only takes place via exclusion criteria,” says the new head Antje Biber. Instead, SDG offers a “clearly future- and impact-oriented perspective”. Feri already accompanies “a significant number of clients” with SDG concepts.
The 17 goals for sustainable development stand for political objectives of the United Nations (UN). These are intended to secure sustainable development at the economic, social and ecological levels. The goals were drawn up on the basis of the development process of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and entered into force on January 1st, 2016 with a term of 15 years (until 2030). In contrast to the MDGs, which are particularly applicable to developing countries, the SDGs apply to all nations.
Among the Member States surveyed, the following ten issues were identified as being most important for a sustainable development process (in descending order of priority):
- Food security and sustainable agriculture
- Wate and improvement of hygiene
- Fight against poverty
- Means for carrying out the SDG process
- Climate change
- Environment/ Management of natural resources