Sustainable Finance

Leading the transition to long-term value creation

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Next available date: 17 October

How can finance professionals lead the transition to long-term value creation within a sustainable economy? This two-day program will provide practical tools on how to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into the investment process to enhance value.

The Sustainable Finance program covers the key players in the ESG space (institutional investors, companies, ESG raters, regulatory institutions), their motivations and incentives related to sustainable finance (“value” or “values”), ESG measurement and metrics, ESG shareholder engagement, the link between ESG quality and financial performance, and ESG-related disclosures.

There will be two focus topics within these broader themes. The first focus topic covers in depth climate and biodiversity finance, that is, how investors, companies, and regulators can address the risks and opportunities related to climate change and biodiversity loss. A second focus topic will be on ESG ratings and how they can (and cannot) enhance financial decision making in the sustainable finance space.

The interactive program offers an intensive learning experience, combining the latest academic insights with group discussions, practical exercises, and insightful case studies. Participants will be ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding, and critically assessing, how sustainable finance can transform organizations and the economy.

How you will benefit
• Gain a solid understanding of the key players in the sustainable finance space
• Understand the value and values dimensions of sustainable finance
• Learn in depth how to measure and manage climate and biodiversity risks
• Investigate different ESG ratings and critically assess their potentials
• Explore and understand the link between ESG quality and financial performance

Program length
2 days

Day 1 09:00 – 17:30
Day 2 09:00 – 17:30

Next steps
We offer carefully crafted learning paths designed to help you dive deeper into various facets of finance. Take the next step in your professional learning path by choosing one or more of our specialized programs, for example:

Day 1 | Introduction, investing/financing strategies, financial performance, engagement

• Importance of sustainable finance
• Value versus values in sustainable finance
• Sustainable finance landscape, key players
• Current (regulatory) trends in sustainable finance

ESG-related investment strategies
• ESG integration
• Divestment
• Impact investing

ESG-related financing instruments
• Sustainability-lined bonds
• Green bonds

Sustainable finance and financial performance
• ESG effects on firm valuations
• ESG effects on stock returns
• Risk premiums versus investor flows

Shareholder engagement
• Motives and tools to engage portfolio companies
• Investor coordination
• Effects of engagement

Q&A and wrap-up

Day 2 | Climate and biodiversity finance, ESG ratings

Climate and biodiversity finance
• Measuring and managing climate risks
• Carbon risk premium
• Measuring biodiversity risks
• Biodiversity risk premium
• Climate and nature-related disclosures

ESG ratings
• ESG rating providers
• ESG rating methodology
• Conflicts of interests
• How to use (and not to use) ESG ratings

Q&A and wrap-up

Program preparation

There is some preparatory work required for this program. Pre-readings consist of newspaper articles and a few research articles.

The Sustainable Finance program is relevant to a wide range of finance professionals, among them:

  • Asset Managers
  • (Pension) Fund Managers
  • Bankers
  • Finance professionals who want to understand how to lead the transition to a sustainable economy
  • Regulators covering ESG-related issues
  • Family offices



Zacharias Sautner

Zacharias Sautner is Professor of Sustainable Finance at the University of Zurich (UZH) and a Senior Chair at the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). Through his research on ESG topics such as climate change or biodiversity, he provides insights on how finance can contribute to a more sustainable future. He enjoys spreading his sustainable finance views…

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  • 2 days
  • € 2950
  • Future of Finance, Strategy
  • English
  • 4.5 / 5

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Call us at +31 20 246 7140 or email us at [email protected].

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For a more detailed program description and information regarding faculty please download the program document.


CFA/VBA – PL  credit hours
This program is eligible for 12 PL credit hours as granted by CFA Society VBA Netherlands

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