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The world is facing unprecedented sustainability challenges such as climate change, rapid species extinction, and overall resource scarcity. Meeting these challenges requires effective cooperation between all social actors. Here, the financial sector in particular is called upon.
Together with Bund Institutioneller Investoren bii (German Association of Institutional Investors), we have designed a three-day online open course to cover the foundations of sustainable finance as well as related aspects such as stakeholder expectations and regulation, potential consequences of future regulation for financial markets, approaches and data sources for evaluating investment decisions on the basis of ESG criteria, green bonds, or impact finance.
The course consist of lectures, group work, case studies, and discussions, bringing together world-renowned experts from financial intitutions, organizations, and universities.
An estimated €70 billion investment volume is needed in Europe alone to achieve the sustainability goals of the international community. The European Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth, or Sustainable Finance Action Plan, focuses on the Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) fields of activity in order to achieve sustainability goals together with the financial sector. This is also accompanied by binding legal requirements for companies. The EU taxonomy, for example, represents a uniform classification system for sustainable economic activities and investments for six defined environmental objectives. The Disclosure Regulation requires companies in the financial sector to be transparent in dealing with environmental risks and to disclose their sustainability strategy at the company and product level. All index providers must disclose information on the consideration of ESG factors for the respective index.
For institutional investors, these developments create a situation in which the risk-return profile of investments has to be evaluated according to new criteria. Specifically, they are facing the following challenges:
Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.