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Episode #10 of the Beteiligungsbörse Deutschland Podcast with Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

The current episode #10 is all about Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen and his insights into the importance and implementation of ESG criteria (Environmental, Social, Governance) in the SME sector. The chairman of the governing body of the "Greenhouse Gas Protocol" answers questions from Matthias Wittenburg, Co-Founder of Beteiligungsbörse Deutschland. 

Among other things, the discussion will cover the role of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol as a global standard for measuring CO2 emissions. "A really exciting task, because we have to bring together not only the political interests, but also the corporate and social interests, where I have the honor of chairing the board," says Alexander Bassen in an interview. 

Mandatory sustainability reporting, such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive in Europe, is having an impact on companies. According to Alexander Bassen, these regulations not only offer the opportunity to better manage sustainability risks, but also open up new business opportunities through a strategic focus on sustainability. 

Despite the challenges associated with implementing these new reporting requirements, there are a number of opportunities for SMEs to attract investors and increase their competitiveness. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of ESG criteria for raising capital, both on the equity and debt side. Advisory services and standards such as the German Sustainability Code or EFRAG's voluntary SMI standard are presented as valuable resources for companies that need to navigate this new reporting framework. 

A must-attend program for anyone interested in the future of SMEs in a sustainable economic system. It's worth listening! 

The program is presented by BB Beteiligungsbörse Deutschland GmbH and moderated by co-founder and managing director Matthias Wittenburg. It is aimed at investors, entrepreneurs, consultants and all other market participants. Every second Friday, this podcast is all about the exciting world of investments. The show not only offers insights into the company of the respective guest, but also into their experiences with equity investments and addresses the specific challenges of the respective sector. This is supplemented by sometimes somewhat unusual questions that also introduce our guest as a person. The podcast thus promises informative and entertaining insights into the world of equity financing. 

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About Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen is Professor of Capital Markets and Corporate Management at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. He teaches in the areas of Investment and Finance as well as Sustainable Finance and Accounting. He is a member of EFRAG's Sustainability Reporting Board, Inaugural Chair of the Independent Standards Board of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and an observer on the German government's Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. He was also a member of the EFRAG Project Task Force EU Sustainability Reporting Standard (PTF ESRS), the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and the G7 Impact Task Force. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Oxford (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment) and a visiting professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and Henley Business School (Reading, UK). He also heads the BMBF accompanying project "Sustainable Finance and Climate Protection" (SFCP), which comprises 14 projects from various universities. He is also a member of several advisory committees for sustainable finance. 

About the Beteiligungsbörse Deutschland: 

The Beteiligungsbörse is the first platform in the German-speaking world to provide companies seeking capital with standardized support throughout the entire process of acquiring equity - from simple registration to the preparation and placement of suitable investors to the drafting and conclusion of contracts. Established partners such as Companylinks GmbH, the Hamburg Stock Exchange, CANEI AG and Pinsent Masons LLP support the investment exchange. 

About Matthias Wittenburg: 

In addition to Beteiligungsbörse Deutschland, Matthias Wittenburg is also the founder and managing partner of COMPANYLINKS, a leading platform for company sales in German-speaking countries. Prior to this, he worked in the banking business for 25 years, most recently as a member of the board of directors for Corporates & Markets at a Landesbank. He holds an MBA from Cardiff University and completed the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Saïd Business School.