Sustainable finance involves providing finance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in mind. The course enables participants to understand why sustainability matters and what financing sustainability entails in practice for public and private equity investing, bond investing, and banking.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners sharing their experience in the fields of impact investing, green bonds, social bonds and new forms of sustainable lending, as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities that market players face today. The course will also examine the evolving analysis of the performance of ESG investing compared to traditional investing.
The course will equip participants to (1) explain how relevant sustainability is, discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and understand the stages of sustainable finance, (2) grasp sustainability’s challenges, externalities, government intervention, governance issues, the increasing role of institutional investors, changing business models and integrated reporting going beyond financial reporting, (3) articulate how the financial system can move from a traditional approach to consider social and environmental value, and explain how to include sustainability in equity investing, bond investing, and banking.