Certified Expert in Sustainable Finance
  • Overview
  • Training Methodology
  • Programme Outline
  • Participant Profile
  • Lecturers
  • Overview


    Next Intake - March 2022 to August 2022

    There will be a 2-hour online final exam that will be held in September 2022.

    •   Fully online course
    •   Content delivered by leaders and experts in Sustainable Finance 
    •   Equips you with the knowledge to advance UN SDGs
    •   Learn at your own pace, on your own schedule
    •   Accessible anywhere, anytime with just an internet connection
    •   Internationally recognised certificate
    •   Six months long programme with two intakes per year

    Reflecting sustainability criteria, especially climate change, in financial markets is increasingly gaining attention as opportunities and risks arising in this context are changing business practices. The programme will prepare participants to understand major drivers and constraints of transforming the financial system to a more sustainable one. Furthermore, it will familiarise participants with the business, regulatory and technical perspective of sustainable finance and will acquaint them to take an active part in the discussion around the topic. The programme aims to enable financial professionals to integrate Sustainable Finance related aspects into their work through new knowledge and tools for advising their clients and business partners.




    Early Bird Fee! By 31 Jan 2022




    Early Bird Fee! By 31 Jan 2022




    After 31 Jan 2022




    After 31 Jan 2022

    (Fee shown is per participant and subject to 6% Service Tax. It is inclusive of the final exam fee of EUR50)

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  • Training Methodology

    •   An interactive e-learning programme including video lectures, PDF scripts, examples, practical exercises, online tests and case studies

    •   A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with tutors, peers or the FSDF e-Campus team

    •   Personalised support from the Frankfurt School e-Campus team

    •   The possibility to achieve an internationally recognised Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion              after completing the course

    •   An international network of institutions hosting the final exam all over the world

    •   This online course can be complemented with a classroom component. It can be held at the Asian Banking School but only if there are sufficient numbers        and at additional programme fees. This is voluntary and not a requirement to get certified by the Frankfurt School.

  • Programme Outline

    The course takes approximately 6 months assuming 5-8 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 8 mandatory units, which build upon each other.

    UNIT 1 : Sustainable Finance - From Niche to Mainstream

    Unit 1 will set the scene and introduce participants to the world of sustainability and how it affects financial institutions’ operations. It will also provide a broad overview on the different rationales why integrating sustainability considerations into business decisions can be important. Furthermore, Unit 1 summarizes existing trends and developments as well as leading industry initiatives.

    UNIT 2 : The Financial Sector - Enabling the Transformation

    Unit 2 will take a look on the economic side of sustainable finance. It will discuss the role of the financial system in the transformation to a low carbon and more sustainable economy. Furthermore, the Unit will provide a compendium on recent regulatory trends in financial markets worldwide and dare to take an outlook what may evolve in the future.

    UNIT 3 : Sustainable Financial Products

    Unit 3 will provide insights to major sustainable financial products on debt and equity side (e.g. ESG and green bonds, sustainable equity funds, sustainable lending etc.). Furthermore, it will provide an outlook on market development and discuss the offer and demand side for sustainable financial products.

    UNIT 4 : Sustainable Investment Strategies and Methodologies

    Unit 4 will explain major methodological approaches to measure and manage the non-financial impact of investments and how these approaches can be used for developing sustainable investment strategies. Furthermore, it will prepare the participants for the three deep dive Units 5, 6 and 7.

    UNIT 5 : ESG Data

    Unit 5 will shed light into the universe of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. It will provide an overview of the different sources, users and purposes of use for ESG data. Furthermore, it will tackle the diffi culties and limitations related to ESG data.

    UNIT 6 : ESG - Ratings and Labels

    Unit 6 will provide an overview of existing ratings and labels. It will take a look into the methodologies of sustainable rating agencies and how ratings can be used and interpreted. Besides, it will assess labels in a similar way while discussing challenges that relate to ratings and labels.

    UNIT 7 : Climate Scenario Analysis

    This Unit will make participants familiar with climate-related scenario analysis tools and science-based targets. It will outline why using such tools can be helpful for financial institutions to steer risks and opportunities on a company level but also in the due diligence process.

    UNIT 8 : Case Studies

    This Unit will provide two real life case studies that guide participants to dive into social success note and impact fund. Participants will be required to summarize / compose a short case on their own applying the newly acquired knowledge from this unit and the previous units.

    Assignments - Applying Your Knowledge

    In this exercise, each participant has to prepare the solution to a given assignment. The assignments are a bit more extensive case studies followed by a number of questions. The participant needs to answer these question in writing. Passing the assignment is a precondition to register for the final exam.

  • Participant Profile

      Finance experts and professionals, including retail bankers, financial advisors, asset managers, risk managers etc. and all other financial industry professionals interested in the topic of sustainable finance.

  • Lecturers

    Karsten Löffler

    Karsten Löffler co-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 Löffler is a certified international investment analyst (CIIA), member of the steering committee of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, and represents the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany on the EU Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He has been managing director of the Cluster since December 2017. In June 2019, he became Chairman of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Board of the German Government.

    Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener

    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 support the process of transformation to a green and sustainable economy through innovative and scalable support from the financial industry. Dr. Moslener holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Heidelberg. After working at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, he joined KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt.

    Menglu Zhuang

    Menglu Zhuang is a sustainable finance expert and researcher at the Frankfurt School-UNEP Centre. Her role at the Centre is to manage and oversee the content development of education and training programs on the topic of sustainable finance / ESG investing. As a researcher, Menglu Zhuang works closely with professors at the Frankfurt School in research projects to further the understanding of sustainable finance. Besides research, Ms. Zhuang also has many practical working experiences in the area of climate and sustainable finance. Amongst others, she was a key team member in the projects Developing Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics for the Financial Sector (SEI Metrics) funded by the European Commission and Results-based Climate Finance Initiative mapping, Outlining and Assessment supported by the World Bank.

    Further Course Trainers & Experts

    Dr. Anne Michaels, Manager Sustainability Services, PwC GmbH WPG

    Dina Lorentz, Director for Sustainable Finance, Dentons LLP Europe

    Karl H Richter, Executive Director, EngagedX

    Prof. Dr. Christian Klein, Professor for Corporate Finance, University of Kassel

    Dr. Martin Granzow, CEO, Nextra Consulting

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