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 delve deeper into the role of ESG factors in the financial sector. You will learn exactly what ESG entails, what rules and initiatives there are in the field of ESG and what risks and opportunities ESG offers to financial organizations.
Accredited by Holland Quaestor
This course is accredited by Holland Quaestor (HQ), the association of Dutch trust offices, and provides employees in the trust sector with 2 PE-points.
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.
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 DNB’s vision on sustainability in the financial sector. In addition, you will learn how financial companies can implement ESG in practice based on practical examples.
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.
- What is ESG?
- EU action plan
- Other regulations and initiatives
- Trends and developments
- Practical examples of ESG
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.
The course takes between one and two hours to finish, depending on your prior knowledge about the subject.