Who should attend
The program is for those who want to develop their knowledge and insight into sustainability work within the financial sector. The course is primarily developed for those who work with risk and business decisions in the financial sector, including the insurance and pension sector. Sustainable Finance is relevant in many different roles and functions, such as for those who work as analysts, managers, advisers, account managers, or with risk, lending decisions or investments.
About the course
Sustainability issues have been of central importance to the actors of the financial sector for quite some time, but there is still some uncertainty in the area. What do these issues actually mean and how can they be integrated into business decisions?
In the two-day program Sustainable Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education, we specifically address you who work with finance-related issues and need to get a stronger grasp of sustainability.
Examples of issues that will be addressed include:
- How can the sustainability perspective be integrated into the classic models for investment and lending decisions?
- What advantages and disadvantages are there with the various models?
- What impact does sustainability integration have on financial return?
- What practical method challenges are there for sustainability integration?
Examples of sustainability issues to be addressed during the program include:
Why is the transition to a sustainable society a critical issue today?
- Planetary boundaries, circular economy, disruptive behavioral changes, sustainable development goals, etc.
- Effects on business models, operating risk and financial risk.
How can the financial sector contribute to this transition?
- Investments, lending and payment infrastructure.
What do all of the different terms in sustainability actually mean?
- In-depth understanding of the central concepts in the sustainability field: ESG, SRI, sustainable investing, impact investing, stranded assets, shared value, SDG, GRI, PRI, materiality, HLEG and TCFD, etc.
What different methods are used in sustainable investment?
- Different screening methods, active ownership, ‘impact investing’, ESG-integration, etc
What does the research say about the effects on returns from sustainable investments?
- The portfolio perspective – is it even possible to measure? Empirical data, arguments for positive and negative effects on return.
- The company perspective – effects on profitability and cost of capital. Are certain sustainability aspects extra important to different kinds of companies?
What is sustainable lending?
- ESG-integrated lending (materiality, stakeholder analysis, governance, etc.), green bonds, blue bonds, etc.
What are the methodological challenges?
- The quality of ESG data – external rating, reliability of the companies’ reporting, understanding effects of sustainability initiatives on a company’s entire value chain, short versus long time horizon, etc.
Format and teaching
In Sustainable Finance, research meets practical application. Theory sessions are mixed with guest lectures, practical case work, group exercises and discussions. Another important part of the program is that you get to meet and exchange experiences with others regarding sustainability issues within finance.
Results for you and your organization
After attending Sustainable Finance, you will have deepened and broadened your knowledge and your understanding in several current issues in the intersection between sustainability and finance. It will increase your confidence and possibilities of driving and contributing to issues concerning sustainability in your operations.
Hanna Setterberg holds a Ph.D in Accounting from Stockholm School of Economics and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Stockholm University. One of her research interests relates to the relation between stock market prices and accounting information, especially how the quality of the repo...
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