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Christina Raab

Contact
christina.raab@scp-centre.org
phone, fax: + 49 202 45 95 8 – 48, +49 202 45 95 8 – 30

Profession/Affiliation
Team Leader
– Currently leading the team for “Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services” at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), a globally operating “think- and do-tank” founded by the United Nationals Environmental Programme and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
– Responsibility for team, for strategy and business development, for directing and managing national and international projects for private and public sector clients, such as businesses, governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and academia

Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) gGmbH

Definition Responsible Investment Banking
Taking a holistic view on sustainabiliy along the triple bottom line
Making environmental and social aspects an integral part of financing decisions and transactions
Generating sustainability value added when investing or financing

Areas of Expertise
Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services, incl. sustainable business strategies and models, collaborative value chains, systemic innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement, sustainability impact measurements and value generation through sustainability

In the context of multi-national companies, financial institutions, cities, governments and the United Nations

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Christina Raab leads the team for sustainable infrastructure, products and services at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) since 2011. She works globally with multi-national companies, non-governmental institutions and multilateral agencies on long-term strategies and scalable innovations towards sustainable living. Her expertise lies with the development of strategies and system solutions for environmental and social challenges across value chains and the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaboration for sustainability. She works on the nexus of sustainable finance from the consumer, the business, and the systemic perspective, and is involved in the development of several tools and scorecards for measuring sustainability impacts and value added. Her most recent work includes the translation of sustainable value creation into concrete corporate and financial sustainability actions and the establishment of value added networks across industries. Prior to joining the CSCP Dr. Raab worked for several years for an international advisory firm on new business models and sustainable product development, as well as at the Environmental Management Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. She holds a doctoral degree in technical chemistry from the Vienna University of Technology and conducted her PhD research in materials chemistry at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Abstract
The financial industry has been engulfed in a crisis of confidence since 2007. As a consequence, banks and insurance companies find themselves confronted with a large number of regulation and supervision mechanisms, which are further increasing in terms quantity and intensity. This impacts strategic considerations in the industry and changes the immediate prospects of success of individual business sectors and products. The authors of this paper point out that the current pressure will appear light in view of the challenges and changes of the next 15 years. With the handprint concept, they recommend an approach on how financial institutions can prepare for a future where value creation is redefined. Recent initiatives in the manufacturing industry offer examples for translating this approach to financial institutions. And also within the financial industry, new developments prepare the methodological basis for such a transfer.1
With the integrated reporting approach (IIRC 2013), a framework for the integration of non-financial indicators into reporting is being created that greatly fosters the implementation of the handprint approach. The development of such integrated reporting will, however, take time. The article therefore closes with specific recommendations for human resources development and management and suggests sector initiatives and proposals for an industry-wide, cross-sectoral cooperation. These approaches make it possible to apply the new handprint concept already now and pave the way for companies and organisations to actively invest in their future viability.

Co-Authors: Sebastian Philipps, Henrik Ohlsen

Network
Mainly in Europe, Asia and the United States

Hobbies & Social Engagement
Women empowerment