ESG Awareness

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    EN, NL

Sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the financial sector. Sustainability is a broad concept, covering not only climate, energy consumption and the availability of raw materials, but also, for example, safety and good corporate governance. The various aspects of sustainability are often collectively referred to as ‘ESG’, an abbreviation for Environmental, Social & Governance.

Because the financial sector determines which companies and projects receive funding, the sector has a major influence on making our economy more sustainable. The pressure from both politics and society has translated into the development of a lot new ESG legislation. To add to the pressure, investors are also calling on financial institutions to take environment, society and governance factors into account. This has consequences for investment policy, but also for the acceptance of potential clients.

In this ESG Awareness course, we take a closer look at the role of ESG factors in the financial sector. You will learn exactly what ESG means, what regulations and initiatives exist in the field of ESG, and what risks and opportunities ESG presents to financial organisations.

Target audience

From pension funds to banks and investment firms: sustainability plays a role in the entire financial sector. The question is no longer whether a financial institution should take ESG factors into account, but rather when and how. Basic knowledge of ESG factors and the most important laws and initiatives in this area is therefore important for all professionals who want to contribute to making the sector more sustainable.

Education level

The ESG Awareness e-learning is a course at HBO (higher vocational education) level. Specific knowledge is not required, but we do assume that you have basic knowledge of financial services.


After successful completion of the e-learning, you will receive an ESG Awareness certificate, which demonstrates that you are up to date with the latest developments in the field of ESG. After the course, you will know what ESG entails and you will be able to describe its relevance for the financial sector. You will be able to explain important regulations and initiatives in the area of ESG and you will be familiar with the supervisors’ expectations regarding sustainability in the financial sector. In addition, you will learn how financial organisations can implement ESG in practice based on practical examples.

Course content

Baseline measurement

The e-learning starts with a baseline measurement to determine whether you can take the test immediately or whether it is best to study the theory first.


  1. Introduction: what is ESG, what are climate risks, relevance to the financial sector.
  2. International developments: Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, EU steps on ESG, European Commission action plan.
  3. Attention by supervisors: expectations, publications and good practices ECB, EBA, ESMA, DNB and AFM.
  4. Regulation: taxonomy regulation, SFDR, CSRD, integration of ESG aspects in delegated regulations to MiFID II.
  5. Other rules and initiatives: ESG-related regulations not deriving from the EU Action Plan, including Dutch Pensions Act and ESG, Directive on long-term shareholder engagement, commitments to voluntary initiatives, etc.
  6. ESG in practice: risks and opportunities in the financial sector, five ways to shape socially responsible investing (SRI) and its advantages and disadvantages, application of ESG scores, avoiding greenwashing, legal rulings and inclusion and diversity in the financial sector.

ESG Awareness test

You will complete this course with a test in the learning environment. You can also take resits in the learning environment.

ESG Awareness certificate

After passing the test, you can download your personal certificate from the learning environment.

Study duration

You can follow this Awareness training in our online learning environment, wherever and whenever it suits you. The course takes about three hours to finish, depending on your prior knowledge about the subject.


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What do our participants say?

”This course provides a clear overview and structure of the general developments in the area of ESG. The recent articles that are referred to were very useful.”

”Fun way to gain knowledge. ESG is the standard for the future”.

Why this ESG Awareness training?

  • Insight into the regulations and initiatives in the field of ESG
  • Developed by Projective Group’s specialised consultants
  • Learn whenever and wherever you want in our online learning environment or app
  • Baseline measurement at the beginning of each subject, so you know exactly which subjects to study
  • Pragmatic theory complemented with applicable examples, news articles and podcasts

Personal advice

Interested in a hands-on training course that your employees will enjoy? Please feel free to contact us for more information about the possibilities.


Do you offer tailor-made courses?

We think our courses should have practical relevance for all participants. We are happy to adapt our standard programs, so that they fit in with what is going on in your organization. You can personalize content or create a combination of subjects from different DSI programs. Read more about tour tailor-made solutions.

How can I follow the courses?

Our courses are easily accessible, both online and through the app of aNewSpring. You can study wherever and whenever you want.

Wealso offer ‘blended learning’ programs, in which we combine the benefits of in-class and online learning.

How can I sign up for a course?

The Ministry of Compliance distinguishes between individual registrations and registrations on behalf of an organization. As an individual, you can sign up through the website. Just click the ‘register’ button and you can get started right away.

Organizations that want to register several employees at once can get in touch with us. We will make sure your employees can get started as soon as possible.

Who is behind The Ministry of Compliance?

The Ministry of Compliance is an initiative of Projective Group, specialists in financial laws and regulations. Our courses are developed by experienced consultants, supplemented with knowledge from external experts.


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