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Dear supporters and members of the ECG,

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First Common Good bank account is launched

Bank balances can now do good and benefit society

This is the slogan of the newly launched Common Good bank account presented by the ‘Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl’ (Cooperative for the Common Good) in Austria. The account is a product of the Environment Centre of Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen and is available exclusively to members of the Cooperative for the Common Good.

This pioneering initiative represents a transformation in how we regard money - not as a goal in itself but as a means by which we can create a better life for all. “With every common good account and every euro invested, we finance projects that promote the common good and are thus a real benefit for everyone," says Fritz Fessler, Cooperative for the Common Good.

"As part of our environmental guarantee, we have committed ourselves to investing every euro invested by account holders in environmental projects. In order to live up to this self-imposed claim and to continue to act as a driver for sustainable and ethical investments, we are constantly on the lookout for new, interesting projects and cooperations. I am very pleased that we are now expanding our ethical and social activities with the cooperation with the Cooperative for the Common Good, says Hubert Pupeter, Chairman of the Environment Centre.

Other Economy for the Common Good finance and banking projects include …..

https://www.gemeinwohlkonto.at/

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Fundraising

Professional fundraiser hired as of 1 May 2019

On May 1st there was another reason to celebrate besides the Labour Day: The International Association for the Promotion of the Economy for the Common Good hired Hendrik Brosche as Expert - International Fundraising. With him, we will be able to conduct fundraising much more systematically in the future and build up a reliable long-term collection of money, material and time resources for the Economy for the Common Good.

Due to the rapid growth of the ECG movement, fundraising is becoming increasingly important to enable IT, communication and administration in the background. Additionally, new projects and next steps of the ECG have to be financed as well. While so far this has been done thanks to individual contacts, we will be able to push this topic forward in the future.

Here is a small insight into the future activities:

  • Establishment and care of permanent, reliable and long-term donor relationships
  • Focusing of own fundraising activities on major donors with an international focus (in particular foundations and companies)
  • Expansion of the number of (sponsoring) members
  • Consolidation and (further) development of fundraising documents
  • Support of national and regional fundraising activities with know-how and best practices (no execution)
  • Bundling of volunteer fundraising activities in the fundraising hub (e.g. fundraising, sponsoring, application for eu grants, ...)

Are you looking for specific projects to support? Do you want to support the ECG even further than with your (sponsoring) membership? Then you are more than welcome to contact hendrik.brosche@ecogood.org as well.

Have you already had contact with the topic of fundraising in your private or professional environment? Have you already been looking for donors regionally or (inter-) nationally for the ECG? Or are you simply interested in the topic? Then get in touch with hendrik.brosche@ecogood.org or visit the fundraising hub website.


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ECG with Vaude at the United Nations, Geneva

Showing how companies can deliver the Sustainable Development Goals with ECG

ECG and pioneer company Vaude attended the United Nations Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva on 21 and 22 March 2019. Christan Felber and Antje von Dewitz, Managing Director of Vaude Sport GmbH & Co.KG presented the Common Good Balance Sheet as a tool for companies to tackle global ecological and social challenges.

Antje made the following point: "Sustainable companies are disadvantaged due to higher costs, additional effort and more uncertainty. In our current economic system, having a sustainable supply chain is a decision taken at the discretion of individual companies. Companies are primarily evaluated according to their financial success. However, they should also be measured by the extent to which they assume responsibility for people and the environment and take into account the true costs of their products. If companies were asked to pay for the ecological and social damage they cause, then global challenges such as global warming would immediately take on a completely different significance in our world.

With the Common Good Balance Sheet sustainability can be systematically anchored in companies and organisations. One could couple, for example, the respective reached number of points of the ECG balance sheet to a certain tax rate. That would mean concretely: the more sustainable a company is, the less taxes and levies it will have to pay.

Vaude has already drawn up a public interest balance sheet three times and is constantly optimising its own activities. We look and accept that we share responsibility for current challenges through our business activities and seek solutions. This makes us innovative and future-oriented. As a family business, we perform better than the average of the highly competitive outdoor industry."

The organisers of the conference expressed their gratitude with a very positive response: "You have left a very lasting impression and appeal to all that we need to do more. (...) Thank you for enriching us. On behalf of UN Environment, I want to thank you again for your participation in our roundtable! I felt your statement was a very needed input."

Time to dethrone GDP - reviewing SDG8 

ECG collaborates for an event at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, July 2019

At the UN Regional Forum in March, the European Environment Bureau (EEB) organised a side event titled ‘Economic Growth vs Environmental Sustainability’, which was very well attended and received. Participants exchanged information on the short-comings of GDP as a measure of economic success and agreed that GDP growth cannot and mustn’t be the very goal we set for our economy. In the follow up to this event, ECG put together a statement on behalf of the participants of this side event and submitted it to the office of the UNECE. This statement was accepted by the Executive Secretary of the UNECE, published and the issue will be consequently highlighted in the final report of the UNECE Regional Forum. EEB and ECG are now proposing a side event at the High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The aim is to build on the success of this gathering in Geneva and on the overwhelming positive feedback from delegates and UN representatives, who were in agreement about its core message: our economic system needs a more meaningful goal - a true purpose. It is a year of review for SDG 8 - time to dethrone GDP and let the people’s wellbeing take its place. 

ECG summer week

Suggestion for going international

Since a number of years the ECG Local Chapters and Hubs in the German speaking countries get together for one week during the summer. They use this time to get to know each other, exchange ideas and experiences, work within their hubs, et. al. (the sky is the limit).

ECG members from other parts of the world have raised their interest in joining and simultaneously stated the language barrier.

This year's ECG summer week takes place from July 22 to July 27 in Mannheim, Germany. You can find out more here: https://gwoewoche.de/.

The summer week is entirely organized by volunteers and financed by the participating members. As such there is no reason why there couldn’t be similar ECG-get-togethers in other parts of the world. Take the initiative and start the first summer week in your corner of the globe!


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Kick Off Event - ECG Luxumberg

Mertzig, Luxembourg

June 4, 2019

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