The Raiffeisen Klimaschutz-Initiative (The Raiffeisen Climate Change Protection Initiative)

The Raiffeisen organizations and their affiliates consider themselves not only cooperatives and business entities but also a significant player in the civil society of Austria and of other countries where they operate.

They advocate a globally sustainable business and social model to create a reasonable balance between an innovative, strongly competitive market economy, social responsibility and responsibility for the environment. The development of various activities in the field of climate protection, increasing energy efficiency, recycling and the use of renewable resources therefore got underway at an early stage.

In 2007, then Raiffeisen Chairman Christian Konrad initiated the Raiffeisen Climate Protection Initiative (RKI). It serves as a common platform, service and representative facility for all activities of its members in the areas of climate protection, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.


The RKI advises and supports its member organizations when it comes to developing, implementing and communicating activities in these areas. Climate protection and raising awareness for the topic are of particular concern to us.

The Raiffeisen Climate Protection Initiative serves as the platform for Raiffeisen organizations in the areas of

  • sustainable financial products
  • climate protection / communications
  • sustainable management



Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gGmbH
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (FS) is a research-led business school. With an impressive portfolio of services – ranging from degree courses to Executive Education Programmes (including e-learning), from research projects to consultancy – FS acts as an adviser, a catalyst and an educational partner to companies and organizations, to individuals embarking on new careers, and to experienced executives.
The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (Frankfurt School – UNEP Centre) concentrates Frankfurt School’s core competencies in Climate and Adaptation Finance. The Centre was set up in 2011 as a think-and-do tank to advance the role of the private sector in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The primary objective is to mobilize significantly increased levels of sustainable (clean) energy and climate finance, and bridge the public-private sector gap by facilitating the low-carbon resilient and resource-efficient transformation of the private sector. In other words, the primary objective is to advance the development of a global green economy.
LinkEd is Frankfurt School’s e-learning platform for development finance. Via LinkEd Frankfurt School offers six-month certification programmes adapted to part time studies along full-time work with the flexibility to follow individual schedules. The courses help participants to develop their qualifications systematically and successfully. One of the most successful LinkEd certification courses is the “Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance”.
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WU Executive Academy – Executive Education at the Highest International Level

The WU Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Europe’s largest business university, brings more than 100 years of experience and an excellent reputation to the field of executive education and belongs to the leading business universities worldwide.

The executive education portfolio of the WU Executive Academy includes MBA and Master of Laws programs, university certificate programs, custom and open programs. In recent years, it has become one of the leading providers in Central and Eastern Europe.

In the fall 2015, all MBA programs of the WU Executive Academy were accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) for a five-year period. Following accreditations by EQUIS, AMBA and now AACSB, the WU Executive Academy is the first and only Austrian MBA provider to hold the “triple crown”, a coveted and rare hallmark of excellence.

Apart from WU, less than 75 business universities and business schools around the globe, and just two in the German-speaking world, meet the strict quality standards of all three accreditation agencies.

Current achievements of the WU Executive Academy:

  • Financial Times European Business School Ranking (2015): # 43
  • Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking (2015):
    • # 44 worldwide
      • # 7 work experience
      • # 17 international students
    • # 4 in DACH
  • Personal Magazin (2013): Among the Top 40 business schools worldwide
  • Ziarul Financiar MBA Ranking (2015): #1 MBA in Romania

Each year, as many as 750 graduate students and about 1,200 managers, experts and high potential from over 75 countries study in our executive education programs. At present, residencies and programs are con­ducted in more than 15 countries on three continents.

Being part of the WU, the WU Executive Academy provides access to the expertise of some 1200 faculty members and countless experts in more than 200 partner universities all over the world. The knowledge we provide is of immediate practical relevance and is kept up-to-date through our scientific research capabilities.

The faculty of the WU Executive Academy consists of both internationally renowned professors and top executives. Together, they provide the latest scientifically-based knowledge and in-depth views of state-of-the-art applications of management models.

The new campus WU

In September 2013, the WU and the WU Executive Academy moved to the new “Campus WU” near the city center and adjacent to one of Vienna’s largest parks. The WU Executive Academy building was designed by the Spanish architects NO.MAD Arquitectos. It resides in a square-sided tower comprising seven floors, featuring a front made of glass and aluminum. Both sky and nature are mirrored in the building, which blends perfectly into its surroundings. The new campus offers world-class facilities and state-of-the art resources to the students, enabling the WU Executive Academy to provide first class executive education.