Sustainable Finance: Unlock Global Investment Strategies

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7 March 2023

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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Guide your business towards socially responsible investments

Today’s businesses are in a global landscape that faces sustainability challenges, from climate change mitigation and preservation of biodiversity resources to concerns over human rights. Businesses need to not only acknowledge these issues but also find ways to tackle them, while also supporting economic growth. Sustainable finance can help accomplish both through a focus on investment decisions that consider the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors of an economic activity or project.

The Sustainable Finance: Unlock Global Investment Strategies programme from Imperial College Business School Executive Education offers expert guidance on sustainable finance principles under the thought leadership of experienced faculty and guest speakers who will show you how to draft successful sustainable strategies to achieve long-term value gains.

€200 billion

Deutsche Bank aims to facilitate over €200 billion in sustainable finance and investments by the end of 2023.

SOURCE: Deutsche Bank AG

£50 billion

The Committee on Climate Change estimates that UK low-carbon investment will increase to around £50 billion by 2030.

SOURCE: COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for mid- to senior-level managers who are interested in understanding trends and opportunities in sustainable lending, financial products and how to access meaningful data. It is particularly relevant for the following roles:

  • Experienced managers in the banking, financial services and insurance industries who are seeking to understand various trends, risks and opportunities associated with sustainable finance and potentially launch sustainable finance products through their banks
  • Experienced finance managers in the manufacturing and energy industries who are seeking to contribute to the sustainability goals of their organisations through finance initiatives and understand sustainability regulations and investment and funding opportunities available to them
  • Portfolio managers and asset managers who are seeking to make profitable investment decisions for their organisations or clients and understand asset management techniques for sustainable investment

Programme highlights

This programme is designed to demystify sustainable finance and help you to understand its trends, risks and opportunities. By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Identify the latest developments and trends around sustainable finance, with a special focus on environmental, social and impact-aligned investment.
  • Distinguish between different types of sustainable finance products in the capital markets and relevant eligibility criteria.
  • Explore the regulatory and policy environment currently driving the sustainable finance agenda.
  • Apply various sustainability scoring and assessment approaches to real-life case studies.
  • Understand how sustainable finance is evolving in emerging markets.

What you will learn

Programme orientation
Meet the faculty and get an overview of the programme, including certificate requirements, the learning platform and support resources.

Module 1:

Introduction to sustainable finance

Identify the latest developments and trends in sustainable finance, with a special focus on environmental, social and impact-aligned investment.

Module 2:

Sustainable finance policy and regulation

Distinguish between different types of sustainable finance products in the capital markets and relevant eligibility criteria.

Module 3:

Sustainable finance markets and instruments

Identify the regulatory and policy environment currently driving the sustainable finance agenda.

Module 4:

Nature-based finance and investment

Apply various sustainability scoring and assessment approaches to real-life case studies.

Module 5:

Applications of sustainable finance

Understand how sustainable finance is evolving in emerging markets.

Module 1:

Introduction to sustainable finance

Identify the latest developments and trends in sustainable finance, with a special focus on environmental, social and impact-aligned investment.

Module 4:

Nature-based finance and investment

Apply various sustainability scoring and assessment approaches to real-life case studies.

Module 2:

Sustainable finance policy and regulation

Distinguish between different types of sustainable finance products in the capital markets and relevant eligibility criteria.

Module 5:

Applications of sustainable finance

Understand how sustainable finance is evolving in emerging markets.

Module 3:

Sustainable finance markets and instruments

Identify the regulatory and policy environment currently driving the sustainable finance agenda.

Case studies

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Bank of England

Examine how the Bank of England uses climate stress models to assess climate risks.

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World Bank

Discover how investing in nature can create opportunities for development via the World Bank’s example.

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Coca-Cola

Explore sustainability reporting through the lens of the world’s largest nonalcoholic beverage organisation's latest sustainability report.

Playbook activity

The programme features a weekly playbook with activities that enable you to build your knowledge and apply it to Southeast Asia as a case study. The Southeast Asian market is emerging as one of the most dynamic and promising sustainable finance markets in the world. As part of the case study, you’ll utilise approaches and frameworks developed in the programme to explore sustainability reporting, ESG impacts, taskforce on nature-related financial disclosure (TNFD) guidelines and opportunities the Southeast Asian market may present to your organisation.

Centre for Climate Finance & Investment

The Centre for Climate Finance & Investment unlocks solutions within capital markets to address the challenges posed by global climate change. Through collaboration between academics and practitioners, the centre is generating a new understanding of the risks and investment opportunities arising in this changing climate through climate scenarios, nature based-solutions, renewable energy and climate-resilient infrastructure.

Programme faculty

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Michael Wilkins

Executive Director and Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School

Michael Wilkins is Executive Director and Professor of Practice at the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at the Business School... More info

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Iva Koci

Teaching Fellow, Imperial College Business School

Iva Koci is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in sustainable finance. Her research investigates how institutional investors convey environmental and social preferences to their holding companies... More info

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Anastasiya Ostrovnaya

Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College Business School

Anastasiya Ostrovnaya is a Senior Research/Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment, Imperial College Business School, where she researches the climate related risks faced by financial institutions and investors... More info

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Pernille Holtedahl

Research Fellow, Imperial College Business School

Pernille Holtedahl has over 25 years of international experience in climate finance and sustainable development... More info

Featured guest speakers

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Beth Burks

Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Markets

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Hugh Wheelan

Co-Founder and Former Managing Editor, Responsible Investor

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Tonia Plakhotniuk

VP, Climate & ESG Capital Markets, NatWest Markets

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Simone Utermarck

Director, Sustainable Finance, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

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Jan Ahrens

Chief Product Officer, SparkChange

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Darius Sarshar

Investment Director, SLM Partners Ltd

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Phoebe Scott

Investment Associate, Climate Asset Management

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Priya Bellino

Head of ESG Solutions APAC, SMBC Singapore

Programme experience

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Video lectures

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Live webinars

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Interactive activities

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Case studies

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Networking opportunity

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Weekly video and podcasts with guest speakers

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Continuous programme access

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Dedicated programme support team

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Weekly assignments

Certificate

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Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

Please note that this programme contributes to earning Associate Alumni status. Visit the Associate Alumni page to find out more.

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The Imperial learning experience

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At Imperial College Business School, we create people-centric learning experiences. From conception to delivery, we are guided by the principle that learning is a creative, personal and, above all, human process. Our high-quality, crafted learning environments are highly interactive, community oriented and actively tutored. Our programmes offer an engaging experience designed to facilitate natural learning behaviours.

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With no compromises, our online programmes offer the absolute equivalent of our campus-based programmes. They adopt the same rigorous academic standards, are delivered via our world-leading faculty and offer a comparable high-touch approach to the classroom experience.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this programme is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the programme landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the programme brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions about whether this programme is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated programme advisor will follow up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this programme?

    Some programmes do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the programme landing page, as well as in the programme brochure. If you are uncertain about programme prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the programme web page, all programmes are taught in English, and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 per cent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry and geography—leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this programme be offered in the future?

    Check back at this programme web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future programme dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each programme includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the programme landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the programme brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this programme to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities, including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific programme schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The programme is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on programme activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 per cent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programmes said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated programme support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other programme participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the programme. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each programme includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enrol. This is referenced at the top of the programme landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the programme brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programmes are designed to fit into your working life.

    This programme is scored as a pass or no-pass. Participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programmes include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the programme brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific programme requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter or resume and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the programme, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social networking platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this programme?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this programme. In some cases, there are credits that count towards a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the programme brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and programme materials for 12 months following the programme start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this programme?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the programme content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access programme content from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you can view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the programme without missing any of the core programme material or learnings.


    What is the programme fee and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The programme fee is noted at the top of this programme web page and usually referenced in the programme brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this programme web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the programme currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your programme advisor or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the programme you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific programme you’re interested in enrolling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this programme?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the programme fee in instalments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the programme, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the programme, you have until the midpoint of the programme to request to defer to a future cohort of the same programme. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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