Sustainable and responsible investment



Sustainable and responsible finance is a growing field made up of green finance, green bonds, impact investing and responsible investment that require the integration of ESG factors.  This is a rapidly emerging field that supports the development of a sustainable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient and inclusive economy.

The main objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge on international policy, regulatory and market initiatives in support of sustainable finance and investment in general. Specifically, the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) information into investment decision-making will be explored through various technical finance areas including, but not limited to: 1) the relevance of sustainability reporting; 2) the understanding and application of various social impact measurements methodologies and standards (e.g. GIIRS, GRI & SROI); 3) the introduction of socially responsible or impact investment concepts; 4) the incorporation of ESG data into investment decision and 5) the emergence of green and sustainable bond issuances. In addition to financial topics, we will also cover some important corporate and nonprofit governance and the emergence of social enterprises, to provide our students with sound knowledge about the hybrid nature of our global green finance and impact investment market.

Assessment: 100% coursework