Dates

October 18-21, 2021

Length of Course

4 days

9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT

Prerequisites

An undergraduate degree is desirable

Delivery Method

Online

MyLearningSpace platform

Cost

$1,525 CAD

Cost includes a non-refundable $25 registration fee

Instructor

Olaf Weber

Olaf Weber

University Research Chair in Sustainable Finance and Professor, University of Waterloo

Course Summary

This course addresses current concepts of sustainable finance and their application. Sustainable finance is generally defined in a broader context of sustainability that integrates environmental as well as social and economic issues into financial decision making and includes climate finance, socially responsible investing, impact investing, and green bonds. Sustainable finance is split into two main parts: the relation between the sustainability performance and financial performance of corporations on one hand, and sustainable banking and financial services on the other hand. The first part of the course will address sustainable corporate finance and will use a tool to develop corporate sustainability projects including financial planning and the use of indicators. After introducing sustainable finance, the basics of banking and finance will be looked at. The second part of the course will have a look at the financial industry, sustainable financial products and financial regulations as well as codes of conduct, such as green bonds, socially responsible investing, and impact investing. Course participants will collaborate to develop an idea of a sustainable finance institution or a sustainable financial product. The course will finish with a general discussion about the contribution of sustainable finance to sustainable development and about how to support the application of sustainable finance in Canada and abroad, to innovate the economy, and to foster the transition to a low carbon economy and the way to achieve the SDGs.

Course Sessions

  • Trends in climate change and implications for economies in transition
  • The importance of sustainable financing
  • Corporate sustainable finance
  • Corporate sustainable project financial calculation
  • Sustainable financial products and services
  • Sustainable financial regulations and codes of conduct
  • Developing a sustainable finance institution, product, or service
  • Sustainable finance as a tool for a transition to a low carbon economy

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain current trends in global climate change
  • Understand the role played by sustainable finance in addressing the economic impacts of climate change
  • Apply sustainable finance concepts
  • Calculate the financial benefits of corporate sustainability projects
  • Develop sustainable financial service
  • Use sustainable finance as a way to transition to sustainable development
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Instructor

Olaf Weber

Olaf Weber

University Research Chair in Sustainable Finance and Professor, University of Waterloo