The debate about ESG or environmental, social and governance indicators or standards is heating up and often dominates the news headlines. What started as a nice topic in ethical and impact finance, is now entering and becoming mainstream – and affecting projects, business, and finance as we know it.
With the EU Sustainable Agenda regulatory framework starting to generate disclosures, the appetite for sustainability performance data is greater than ever. The EU is finalising its Taxonomy framework, while improving its usability. At the same time, the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) is advocating for the global adoption of their consolidated reporting standards.
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to sustainable finance, its main concepts, and key regulatory elements, as well as the latest and future developments in sustainable finance systems that will affect projects and businesses. The course participants will be able to hear from the subject matter experts, including the current members of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance. The course will combine theory and practice, and will be a highly interactive learning experience.
Level: Foundational course (with some intermediate-level elements)
Duration: 2 days (22-23 April)
Jiří Dusík, Social and Environmental Standards Technical Specialist for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), (Czechia)
Dr. Alan Bond, Associate Professor in Environmental Management in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UK) and Extraordinary Professor in the School of Geo and Spatial Sciences, North West University (South Africa)
Linda Zeilina-Cross, CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC), (Czechia)
Julian Toth, COO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC) & Director, Czech Sustainable Investment Forum (Czechia)