WSBI-ESBG is looking for a Policy Advisor in CSR.

With roots in 1924, WSBI-ESBG members enjoy a long history of socially responsible banking around the world. Although organizational structures vary from country to country, they each share certain values in their business models, embedded within the three “R”s.

RETAIL: Actively providing financial services for people – individual consumers and their households – as well as for MSMEs and local authorities. Financing the real economy;

REGIONAL: Deploy broad distribution networks rooted within the communities they serve, including local and regional outreach in both urban and rural areas. Savings mobilized locally support the local economy;

RESPONSIBLE: Social responsibility is a core value of our members, towards their clients, employees, communities and the environment. Unlike Wall Street players, WSBI members are Main Street players.

Within this framework, WSBI-ESBG members attach a strong commitment to sustainable development and include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a fundamental and integrated part of their business recommending an engagement to responsible principles where financial inclusion and financial responsibility remain important opportunities and challenges.

The WSBI-ESBG is recruiting a full-time policy advisor on corporate social responsibility. He/she/d will be responsible for exploring and developing policy positions and coordinating members’ actions in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Particularly, he/she/d will also have to work in the organisation of the CSR Committee, supporting the Chairperson and members of the Committee.


• Advocating in the field of corporate social responsibility ;
• Supporting members implementing international and social affairs related regulations, social responsibilities and social dialogue;
• Frame, organise and develop the CSR Committee, formerly the European Committee (ESBG), into a truly global committee that includes our members worldwide (WSBI)
• Supporting the WSBI-ESBG Communication Department in developing strategic messages in international, social affairs;
• Maintain and update WSBI-ESBG data base to collect case studies on members’ CSR related activities including foundations work;
• Actively implementing direct contacts with the institutional policy makers such as the European Commission, the European Parliament the Council (Member States) and others international institutions;
• Develop a strategy on the field of financial education representing WSBI-ESBG with social partners in the contact of EU social dialogue project.


• Completed university degree in law, finance, economy, political science or similar;
• Some experience in advocacy work;
• Ideally, 2-3 year’s experience in banking/financial and investment services;
• Excellent organisational skills and capacity to prepare large meetings and events, setting out agendas, including overseeing the administrative work and taking responsibility on their development;
• Good political, strategic and technical understanding of the abovementioned topics;
• Profound understanding of the EU law-making environment and decision-making process;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural environment;
• Excellent influencing skills, persuasiveness and sense of diplomacy;
• Excellent capacity
• Good interpersonal and personal bridge skills and ability to work under pressure;
• Enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards the various projects for which he/she/d will be responsible.
• Perfect command in English, other EU languages are an asset.

Interested candidates are invited to send a C.V. accompanied by a covering letter by email to before 23rd June 2023.


ESBG welcomes the financial competence framework by the European Commission and OECD

ESBG Managing Director, Peter Simon, shares the vast experience of European Savings and Retail Banks on financial education during panel discussion.

BRUSSELS, 25 January 2022 – The European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) applauds and welcomes the ‘Financial competence framework for adults in the European Union’ launched today by the European Commission (EC) and the OECD’s International Network on Financial Education (INFE).

“This framework provides much needed guidance to ensure citizens are prepared to make sound financial decisions that help them prosper and build resilience across all Member States”, said ESBG Managing Director, Peter Simon, who participated in a panel discussion to launch the initiative.

“Building financial education and literacy is part of European Savings and Retail Bank’s DNA and history, who have been carrying out for decades a number of different financial education programmes with the greatest dedication. Together with our members, ESBG can only celebrate an initiative from the public sector that aims at the same goal, which is to empower citizens to make the right choices for their financial well-being”, he added. “We all need to work together”.

In particular, ESBG applauds the fact that this framework, which includes 563 personal finance competences, focuses not only on building knowledge but also skills across all age groups.

The framework builds on the OECD’s existing one, updating it to the EU context and enriching it with more detailed digital and sustainable finance competences. It is made available for voluntary uptake in the EU by public authorities, private bodies and the civil society.

It was published on 11 January and launched today on a virtual event by European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, and OECD Secretary General, Mathias Cormann. The announcement was followed by a panel discussion with industry experts.



Conference on cyber security in banks

Cyber security and fighting cyber crime are among the top concerns for all banks across the globe.

News on identity and data theft, various cyber-attacks, security breaches resulting in large losses, make regular headlines. The global pandemic has further increased cyber risks as criminals attack mobile phones, notebooks and PCs used for communication between home and main office. Are we ready for the challenges? Banks are spending substantial amounts to prevent ICT and cyber security breaches and improve their defenses against cyber risks.​

During the conference a panel of excellent speakers will describe the latest threats and how to deal with them, introduce state-of-the-art solutions in malware detection, firewalling, intrusion prevention, fraud detection, incident response and other defensive techniques.

"It's the labour supply, stupid"

The coronavirus (COVID-19) shock affected some demographic groups’ labour force participation rate differently from what past cyclicality would suggest.

Guest Speaker

Edward Scicluna is Governor of the Central Bank of Malta and Deputy Chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority, after having served as Malta’s Minister for Finance (2013-2020). He also served as an MEP and Vice-Charmain of ECON (2008-2013). His previous appointments included that of Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Malta (UoM), and Chairman of the MCESD. Edward graduated from the University of Oxford with a Diploma with distinction in politics and economics; from the UoM with a First Class Honours BA degree. He read for his Masters and Doctorate in Economics at the University of Toronto.

About the topic

​The coronavirus (COVID-19) shock affected some demographic groups’ labour force participation rate differently from what past cyclicality would suggest. The assessment, however, depends on the counterfactual scenario used, i.e. the assumption of what would have happened in the absence of the pandemic shock. Using counterfactual scenarios that take the pre-pandemic trends into consideration, the labour force participation rate gap – i.e. the difference between the observed labour force participation and the no-pandemic-shock counterfactual – is the widest for older workers and for workers with lower and…(click to read more)


14h30 – Welcome, short introduction by ESBG of the topic and the guest speaker

14h35 – Guest speaker’s presentation

15h00 – Q&A moderated by Sebastian Stodulka, ESBG Head of Regulatory Affairs

15h15 – Closure

About ESBG

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) has 23 members in 18 countries. As some of its members are national organisations, ESBG represents the interests of over 800 banks working responsibly and closely with their communities and SMEs. Together, ESBG members manage assets worth €5,700 billion, serve 162 million Europeans and employ nearly 660,000 people.

About the Central Bank of Malta

The Central Bank of Malta is the central bank of the Republic of Malta. It was established on 17 April 1968. In May 2004, when Malta joined the European Union, it became an integral part of the European System of Central Banks.