• Frankfurt, 08 October 2020

Christian Heller becomes a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance

The European Commission announced Christian Heller, CEO of Value Balancing Alliance, as a member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance. This platform of 57 experts will advise the European Commission on the implementation of the Taxonomy Regulation. The deliverables of the platform will be essential building blocks for a European sustainable financial system that fully supports the transition towards a sustainable economy.

“I am happy and proud to support the Platform on Sustainable Finance. This project goes hand in hand with the goals of the Value Balancing Alliance”, says Christian Heller. The platform is an advisory body subject to the Commission’s horizontal rules for expert groups and is made up of experts from the private and public sector. There are four main tasks:

  • Advising the Commission on the technical screening criteria for the European Union Taxonomy, including on the usability of the criteria.
  • Advising the Commission on the review of the Taxonomy Regulation and on covering other sustainability objectives, including social objectives and activities that significantly harm the environment.
  • Monitoring and reporting on capital flows towards sustainable investments.
  • Advising the Commission on sustainable finance policy more broadly.

About Christian Heller:

Christian Heller is CEO of the Value Balancing Alliance. Before his current position, he was leading BASF’s Value-to-Society program and had various roles in communications, sustainability and human resources such as leading the human rights program. Christian Heller holds a master’s degree in philosophy, is a member of the International Advisory Group of the Shift’s Valuing Respect Project, as well as being a member of the Natural Capital Coalitions Advisory Panel. Christian Heller, born in Darmstadt in 1978 is now living in Frankfurt am Main, where the value balancing alliance is headquartered. He is married to a Korean pianist and has two children.

About Value Balancing Alliance:

The Value Balancing Alliance e.V. was founded in June 2019. The framework consists of an Impact Statement designed to measure and report on the sustainability value generated by companies along their value chains. The Integrated Account approach of the Value Balancing Alliance expands accounting from its current scope to integrate the aspects of natural, human and social capital into corporate earnings statements and balance sheets. Members of the Value Balancing Alliance e.V.: BASF, BMW, Bosch, Deutsche Bank, Kering LafargeHolcim, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Novartis, SAP, Schaeffler, SK and Volkswagen/Porsche. The Value Balancing Alliance e.V. is a non-profit organisation supported by Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, the OECD, leading universities such as Oxford University and Harvard Business School, as well as stakeholders from government, civil society, business, financial markets and standard-setting bodies.