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Certificate in ESG and Sustainable Finance

This certificate course offers a comprehensive study of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concepts and their role in sustainable finance. Participants will gain foundational knowledge of corporate sustainability, sustainable business models, and ESG reporting and compliance. Additionally, the course will explore the growing importance of sustainable finance and examine various green investment strategies and opportunities. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive positive change and support sustainable business practices.

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Module 1

Corporate Sustainability and ESG Fundamentals

In this lesson, learners will gain a foundational understanding of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concepts. They will explore the importance of corporate sustainability and its connection to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, the lesson will provide an overview of sustainability frameworks and standards, and current practices of ESG. Learners will also examine future trends in the ESG landscape, providing insight into how companies can continue to promote sustainability and social responsibility.

Module content:
  • Understanding the importance of corporate sustainability, CSR and ESG
  • Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Overview of sustainability frameworks and standards
  • Current practices of ESG and future trend

Module 2

Integrating Sustainability into Business Models

In this lesson, learners will explore the reasons why companies should connect sustainability to their business model, including the importance of mitigating risk, enhancing reputation, and creating long-term value. They will also gain insight into how companies can connect sustainability to their competitive position, intangible assets, and corporate strategy, to improve their overall performance and resilience. The case studies will provide real-world examples of successful integration of sustainability into business models, and how it has contributed to companies' long- term success.

Module content:
  • Understanding sustainable business models and their impact on long-term value creation
  • Examining ESG metrics and how they inform decision-making
  • Assessing the role of stakeholders in sustainable business models
  • Why and how companies should integrate sustainability into their business model
  • Connecting sustainability to a company's competitive position, intangible assets, and corporate strategy
  • Case studies of successful integration of sustainability into business models and corporate strategy

 

Module 3

ESG Reporting and Compliance

In this lesson, learners will explore the history and benefits of ESG reporting, including how it has become an essential tool for companies to manage risks, demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, and enhance their reputation. The lesson will also cover the mandatory requirements and guidelines for ESG reporting, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. Finally, learners will learn how to calculate and interpret environmental KPIs, including energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and water usage. By the end of the lesson, learners will have a comprehensive understanding of ESG reporting and how to calculate environmental KPIs, which are essential for any company committed to sustainability and social responsibility.

Module content:
  • Brief history and benefits of ESG reporting
  • Mandatory requirements and guidelines for HKEX’s ESG reporting
  • Calculating and interpreting environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Understanding the importance of ESG reporting and its key components
  • Examining compliance and best practices for ESG reporting and disclosure
  • Analyzing case studies of successful ESG reporting and its impact on business performance

 

Module 4

Sustainable Finance and ESG Investment

This lesson provides an overview of sustainable finance and its growing importance in driving positive change and supporting sustainable business practices. Learner will explore various green investment strategies and opportunities, including mutual funds, green bonds, and green loans, all within the context of sustainable finance.
Additionally, the lesson will cover the role of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) factors in investment decision-making, examining how they impact investment performance in the sustainable finance industry. Participants will also learn about the types and history of sustainable and responsible investment and be introduced to ESG integration investment analysis. By the end of the lesson, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of sustainable finance and ESG investment, as well as the tools to evaluate investment options within this context.

Module content:
  • Understanding the growing importance of Sustainable finance and impact investment
  • Examining green investment strategies and opportunities
  • Assessing the role of ESG in investment decision-making
  • Types and history of sustainable and responsible investment, including mutual funds, green bonds, and green loans
  • ESG indexes and scores and their significance in investment analysis
  • Performance of sustainable and responsible mutual funds and selecting the right funds
  • Introduction to the ESG integration investment analysis approach

 

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Course Name
Certificate in ESG and Sustainable Finance
Suitable for
12 hours
Learning Mode
$9,800
Class Size
  • Executives and managers in charge of Sustainability, ESG, Green Finance, and Investing
  • Legal, Compliance, and Securities professionals handling related subjects
  • Accountants, financial analysts, fund managers, and investors evaluating sustainability and green finance matters
  • Individuals with an interest in sustainability and green finance
Medium of Instruction
Face to Face
Completion Criteria
Cantonese with English terms
Upon completion of the course with achieving 70% attendance and 60% of total score in assessment, students will be awarded the certificate of completion.
Attendance requirement: not less than 70% attendance
Assessment requirement: achieve not less than 60% of total score, the assessment consists of 20 multiple choice questions which contributes to 40% of total score and short question which accounts for 60% of total score.