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About the course
After this course, you will be able to:
- Articulate what sustainable investing is as an investment strategy in its own right
- Distinguish between sustainable and impact investing
- Recognise the importance of sustainable investing as a development finance tool
- Analyse the significance of Environmental, Social and (corporate) Governance (ESG) factors on the performance of a sustainable investment opportunity
- Identify financial institutions involved in sustainable investing and what form their involvement can take
- Explain the significance of ESG screening criteria
- Recognise the relationship between sustainable investing and the potential for value creation
- Create a framework to:
- Evaluate the potential value of a sustainable investment opportunity
- Determine the how, when and why i.e. the potential value drivers of the investment and their sensitivity
- Explain the implications of ESG criteria upon the due diligence process
- Articulate the rationale for different methods used to structure and finance sustainable impact investments
- Explain the difference in perspective and motivations of the various parties involved
Why Take This Course
The demand for sustainable (socially responsible) investing has grown considerably in recent years. Here are some of the finds from a survey entitled ‘Sustainable Signals: Growth and Opportunity in Asset Management’, from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Bloomberg.
- Three in four U.S. asset managers say their firms now offer sustainable investing strategies, up from 65% in 2016
- Asset managers overwhelmingly agree that sustainable investing is no longer a fad, with nine in 10 (89%) saying it is here to stay and 63% expecting it to continue to grow in the next five years
- As sustainable investing matures, asset managers are putting financial considerations at the forefront of their sustainable investment strategies
- 82% think strong ESG practices can lead to higher profitability and that companies with such practices may be better long-term investments
- As more firms embrace sustainable investing strategies, they are offering more ESG-tailored investment vehicles and expanding investor choice
- Seven in 10 asset managers agree that the industry lacks standard metrics to measure non-financial performance of sustainable investments. The field is wide open for better data and the development of impact measurement tools
- History and emergence of sustainable investing
- Sustainable investing - the value proposition
- Measuring sustainable investment performance
- The sustainable investing landscape
- Financial instruments and sustainable investing
- ESG due diligence and compliance
- Summary and review
Roger Mills is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading. For more than 20 years, he was Professor of Finance and Accounting at Henley Management College, now Henley Business School and, subsequently, a Professor Dr in the VU University, Amsterdam. Roger has a unique blend of academic ...
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