Leading The Sustainability Transformation In Banking
  • Overview
  • Programme at a glance
  • Programme Outline
  • Programme Faculty
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  • Overview

    The Next Leading The Sustainability Transformation in Banking Programme will be from 3 – 7 June 2024
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    Managing (Climate) Risks, Creating Impact and Leveraging Opportunities

    "Very interesting training, and very good interaction and sharing with other participants!"

    Climate change and biodiversity loss pose unprecedented challenges and opportunities for businesses worldwide. To thrive in this new reality, leaders must transform their organisations and value chains to be more sustainable, resilient, and innovative.

    Financial institutions are at the forefront of change, as they hold the key to steering our global economy away from the storm of climate uncertainty. As climate-related events intensify, financial leaders must embrace their role as architects of resilience, driving investments towards clean energy, robust infrastructure, and eco-conscious initiatives. They are not just managing risks but shaping a path to a greener, more secure tomorrow.

    This flagship programme by the Asian Banking School in collaboration with the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Frankfurt School) in its third edition is designed for senior-level management of banks and finance-related institutions. It aims to deepen their knowledge of managing climate risk, creating impact, and seizing opportunities in a changing business environment. By the end of the week, participants will be equipped with the necessary tools and instruments to understand, assess, manage, and steer climate-related risks and opportunities in financial institutions and to disclose relevant information to stakeholders and peers.


    3 – 7 June 2024


    Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, FRANKFURT, Germany


    50,000 /


    14,500 /



    per participant

    * Fee includes all training activities and materials, company visits, lunches during training days, special dinners, social programme and hotel accommodation (from 2– 8 June 2024) based on single occupancy. It is not inclusive of any applicable taxes.

    • This programme is an approved HRD Corp claimable course and employers can claim 100% of the programme fee, airfare and daily allowances.
    • The programme fee and roundtrip airfare is STF credit claimable by qualifying Malaysian banks.

  • Programme at a glance

    “All the sessions were excellent for my level of involvement and knowledge in the area. There were areas like pricing which was somewhat above my knowledge and scope to fully appreciate but the general understanding was there and allowed better exposure to areas that i am not fully involved in at work.”

    2 June
    3 June
    4 June
    5 June
    6 June
    7 June
      Welcome Words
    Trends in Sustainable Finance - COP 28 and Beyond

    Understanding Climate Change - A Science Perspective

    Climate Scenario Analysis - Case Study from the Real Estate Sector

    Climate Scenario & Analysis - Group Work - Bringing Climate Science to Financial Figures

    Carbon Accounting

    Climate & Sustainability Data – The Role of AI and Machine Learning
    Client Dialogues – Bringing Everyone on to the Sustainability Path

    Emerging Trends in ESG Products & Services
    Impact – Decarbonisation Strategies in Banking (A Critical Reflection)

    Biodiversity & Nature Capital – The Next Wave?

      Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    Arrival of participants & check-in Understanding Climate Risks (Physical & Transition)

    Climate Risk Management – Frameworks and Tools

    Climate Scoring & Climate Risk Stress Testing

    Exercise: Climate Risk Assessment

    Disclosure & Reporting

    Greenwashing & ESG Litigation

    Site Visit: Decarbonisation Pathways - Lessons from Germany

    Generating Social Impact – Focus on the “S” of ESG

    Certification Ceremony

    Welcome Drinks

    Free Evening Guided City Tour & Dinner German Dinner Free Evening Farewell Drinks
  • Programme Outline
    Monday, 3 June 2024
    Morning Session:
    Welcome Words
    Keynote: Trends in Sustainable Finance – COP 28 and beyond

    Before the first session begins, there will be an introduction to the Programme and what to expect in the week.

    Following this, this first session of the week explores the latest developments and innovations in sustainable finance, focusing on the outcomes and implications of the COP28 climate summit in November 2023. It also examines the challenges and opportunities for financial institutions to align their strategies and operations with the global goals of climate action and the sustainability agenda.

    Morning Session:
    Understanding Climate Change – A Science Perspective

    Sustainability has been on the public agenda for many years and received a significant push with the adoption of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. This module sets the scene and introduces the world of sustainability by providing an overview of the different rationales why integrating sustainability considerations into business decisions and financial markets is becoming increasingly important. We will have a closer look at why a transformation towards a more sustainable world is important and discover the role of finance in the light of the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. We will also dismantle the elements which contribute to sustainable finance, namely impact, risk, and opportunities.

    Afternoon Session:
    Understanding Climate Risks (Physical and Transition)

    Building upon the previous session, this one will explore the interplay between climate science and financial dynamics. The session will navigate learners through the tangible consequences of climate change by introducing the concepts and implications of physical and transition risks for financial institutions. Practical examples of how these risks materialise build the bridge to the next session.

    Afternoon Session:
    Climate Risk Management – Frameworks and Tools

    Managing climate-related risks is critical for informed decision-making and the success of businesses. In this session, participants will gain essential insights and practical skills as we delve into cutting-edge frameworks and tools designed to assess, mitigate, and adapt to climate-related risks.

    Tuesday, 4 JUNE 2024
    Morning Session:
    Climate Scenario Analysis – Case Study from the Real Estate Sector
    Building on day one, in this session, we will focus on planetary resilience for real estate, discussing the risks and opportunities that come with it, by providing examples of physical damage from climate risks, such as flooding, and how it affects logistics and trade, as well as production capacity for adjacent industries.
    Morning Session:
    Climate Scenario Analysis (Group Work): Bringing Climate Science to Financial Figures
    This session builds on the first session of the day. The group will work on practical case studies and explore how to develop their scenario applied to a case study, which allows for informed decision-making.
    Afternoon Session:
    Climate Scoring & Climate Risk Stress Testing
    This session discusses the concept and methodology of climate risk stress testing. Climate risk stress testing involves simulating different scenarios of physical and transition risks and estimating their effects on financial institutions' profitability, solvency, and stability. The session explains how to design and implement climate risk stress tests and climate scoring in banks and use the results to inform risk management and strategic decisions, drawing from the lessons learned from the 2022 Climate stress test by the European Central Banks (ECB) Banking Supervision and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
    Afternoon Session:
    Exercise: Climate Risk Assessment
    The last session of the day puts the learners to the front. In this session, participants will apply all that they have learned during the last 1.5 days and perform their own climate risk assessment, identify mitigation and adaptation options and develop their own strategy to manage those.
    Guided City Tour & Dinner
    Participants will be taken on a guided walking city tour in the evening to get an opportunity to see the many interesting sights that Frankfurt has to offer, followed by dinner. This dinner will provide the opportunity for networking and building relationships.
    Wednesday, 5 JUNE 2024
    Morning Session:
    Carbon Accounting
    In this session, a new common-sense approach to CO2e accounting, known as the "E-Liability method”, will be discussed. The discussion will explore why this method has been developed and how it improves the accuracy of carbon emissions data while making the carbon accounting process easier. We will discuss how the E-Liability method compares to existing standards and how the E-Liability method can achieve greater specificity whilst requiring less effort to implement, especially across complex supply chains – and importantly, how this can guide us more effectively in decarbonising the global economy.
    Morning Session:
    Climate & Sustainability Data – The Role of AI and Machine Learning
    The adoption of two notable international agreements in 2015 – the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on global climate change – has confronted the financial sector with completely new challenges. In this context, the debate about financial market regulation as a means to achieving greater sustainability of the financial sector’s products, services and processes has gained considerable attention. This session, therefore, will introduce students to the most relevant regulatory instruments from industrialised and emerging markets to support a transformation of the economy induced by the financial sector.
    Afternoon Session:
    Disclosure & Reporting

    Communication and disclosure are becoming critical elements in sustainable finance, frequently pushed forward by regulators and voluntary initiatives. This session delves into the landscape of ESG reporting standards, providing participants with essential tools and frameworks for transparent and effective communication of sustainability practices. Attendees will gain insights into best practices, emerging trends, and the increasing importance of ESG disclosure in fostering trust among stakeholders, investors, and the broader community.

    Afternoon Session:
    Greenwashing & ESG Litigation – Avoiding Bad Practices in Sustainable Finance

    The session will focus on greenwashing and ESG litigation. We will explore greenwashing in the context of the capital markets (for instance, misrepresentation in green bonds) and wider, such as concerning public relations campaigns by NGOs against oil majors and governments. The discussion on ESG litigation will start with examples of climate litigation and then expand into the ‘S’ of social and human rights / corporate responsibility more generally. The approach is very much an international and interactive one. We will compare different approaches from NGOs and other stakeholders through ‘hard’ litigation in court and the growth of ‘soft’ litigation through complaints and public pressure. To provide further context, the presentation will also explore how the anti-ESG movement in the US is using strategic litigation and political pressure on its part, and stop the ‘woke’ movement.

    Thursday, 6 JUNE 2024
    Morning Session:
    Client Dialogues – Bringing Everyone on to the Sustainability Path

    This session highlights the strategic value of ESG and the importance of driving the transition to sustainable businesses. We will use examples from the financial sector perspective to explain what we need for a sustainable transition. In line with Gandhi's wise statement: "Be the change you want to see in the world", this session is a unique opportunity to gain actionable insights and foster the integration of ESG principles into financial decision-making, contributing to a more sustainable and responsible financial landscape.

    Morning Session:
    Emerging Trends in ESG Products & Services

    Financial institutions have many opportunities to rise from a transformational shift towards sustainability. This session discusses emerging trends and limitations of sustainable finance-related opportunities and provides a deep-dive to sustainability(-linked) products and how they perform in practice.

    Afternoon Session:
    Site Visit: Decarbonisation Pathways – Lessons from Germany

    Participants will visit selected financial sector actors in the city of Frankfurt and have the opportunity to learn from the first movers in the field of sustainable finance and directly address their questions to well positioned practitioners in the field.

    Friday, 7 JUNE 2024
    Morning Session:
    Impact – Decarbonisation Strategies in Banking (A Critical Reflection)
    For financial institutions, it is key to be prepared for the transformation. But how can financial institutions align with the sustainability agenda, and how does this work in practice for climate change? In this session, we will show different pathways and strategies for financial institutions to mainstream sustainability and identify other challenges and obstacles and solutions to overcome these for a successful transformation. A critical reflection on current practices allows for identifying lessons learned and the way forward.
    Morning Session:
    Biodiversity & Nature Capital – The Next Wave?
    In this session, we will explore the intersection of financial mechanisms and natural capital to address the urgent need for biodiversity conservation. This session delves into innovative approaches and emerging trends in financing biodiversity initiatives, emphasising the potential of nature capital as a valuable asset. Participants will gain insights into the evolving landscape of biodiversity finance, unlocking opportunities for sustainable investment and fostering a harmonious relationship between economic development and ecological preservation.
    Afternoon Session:
    Generating Social Impact – Focus on the “S” of ESG
    To conclude the 1-week training, this session will illuminate the critical role of the social dimension within the ESG framework. This session explores strategies for businesses and investors to prioritise and enhance social responsibility, emphasising their positive influence on communities and stakeholders. Participants will gain practical insights into fostering sustainable development, social equity, and inclusivity, ultimately contributing to a more holistic and impactful approach to ESG considerations.
    Certificate Ceremony
    This ceremony will see participants receiving their certificates to officially mark the end of the one-week programme. This will be followed by a farewell reception at the School.

    The programme will be a blend of lectures, case discussions and in-class development of practical illustrations to allow for a hands-on experience with the concepts studied and deep learning. A joint excursion to first movers in the field of sustainable finance completes the programmes and additionally caters to the creative learning environment.


    Participants will become part of Frankfurt School’s vibrant Alumni Community after successful completion of this programme. You will be provided access to information specifically for the FS Alumni & Friends so that you can stay in touch with the School and other alumni members via online platforms and digital networks.
    For further information :

  • Programme Faculty
    Professor Dr Ulf Moslener
    Professor of Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School
    Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener is professor for Sustainable Energy Finance at the faculty of Frankfurt School. As Head of Research at the Centre, his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. He is a board member of the newly founded Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany, which supports the process of transformation to a green and sustainable economy through innovative and scalable support from the financial industry.
    Karsten Löffler
    Head, FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance
    Karsten Löffler heads the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. Previously working for Allianz Group, he was Managing Director of Allianz Climate Solutions, the Group’s innovation hub in terms of taking advantage of climate-related opportunities and risks in its global business strategy. Karsten is a certified international investment analyst (CIIA), member of the steering committee of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, and managing director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG).
    Sebastian Rink
    Sustainable Finance Expert, FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance
    Sebastian Rink works as a Sustainable Finance Expert at the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. In this role, he leads projects on green and sustainable finance in private and public institutions, conducts research in the field of sustainable finance, and provides training on sustainable finance topics. Sebastian contributed to the development of the EU Taxonomy as an additional expert to the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He has been involved in outreach to the German industry on the EU Taxonomy and develops solutions to increasing access to the EU Taxonomy for various stakeholder such as asset managers, banks and SMEs.
    Michael Schmidt
    Sustainable Finance Manager, FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance
    Michael Schmidt is a Senior Advisor to the Board of Lloyed Fonds AG, with a focus on strategy, sustainability and institutional clients. He has vast experience in leading positions in institutional investments and asset management, as well as key bodies in the sustainable finance field. Among others, he was a member of the High level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of the EU Commission and since 2019, he has been a Member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee of the German Federal Government.
    Further Trainers (tentative):

    • Dr. Christine Grüning, Senior Project Manager & Climate Finance Expert, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
    • Frank Sibert, Head of Sustainable Business Germany, BNP Paribas
    • Guido Bichisao, Director Head of Corporate, Public Sector, NEU, Financial Institutions Portfolio Management and Monitoring Directorate, EIB
    • Simon Wild, Climate Scientist, InsuResilience Solutions Fund
    • Dario Ruggiero, Senior Manager, Aspect Advisory
    • Jan Job de Vries Robbé, Action Senior Counsel, FMO

  • Programme Venue
    The Frankfurt School’s main campus at Adickesallee will be the venue for the Leading the Sustainability Transformation in Banking Programme. It is centrally located in Frankfurt’s Nordend and is part of the “Campusmeile“ that connects Frankfurt’s universities and libraries. Its building is formed through five towers each slightly offset to create a canyon-like space, the “Zeil of Knowledge”– a special characteristic of the campus. This mall acts as the central meeting place linking all major facilities like the auditorium, Learning Centre, restaurant, deli, student and alumni relations as well as the seminar rooms.
    Accommodation will be provided from 2 – 8 June 2024 in single occupancy rooms at the Flemings Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City, which is a 4-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city within walking distance to shops and restaurants, as well as public transportation. It is situated directly at the Eschenheimer Tor in the city center of Frankfurt. From here, all of the city‘s hotspots can be reached easily on foot including the main shopping mile "Zeil“, the banking district and the Römer city hall. The “Hauptwache” S-Bahn and U-Bahn train station is only about a three-minute walk away.

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