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Certificate Course on ESG and Sustainable Finance – Fall 2022

Certificate Course on ESG and Sustainable Finance

Zürich or Online

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A certificate program offered by Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid, Professor of Finance at the University of St. Gallen and Managing Director of the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, in cooperation with ESG industry experts from

  • Inrate
  • J. Safra Sarasin
  • LGT Capital Partners
  • MSCI
  • Radicant
  • RepRisk
  • UBS
  • Vontobel
  • Zürcher Kantonalbank

Contents

The course consists of five weekly events, all to be held in November 2022, on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm, with two or three lectures per event and a weekly networking reception that allows participants to get into contact with speakers and fellow course participants. Online participation is possible as well. In-person participants unable to attend individual events can flexibly opt to participate online. 

  • how to implement ESG standards into the investment process, 
  • how to measure ESG and deal with data issues,
  • how to address regulatory challenges and certification issues,
  • how to manage ESG and climate risk,
  • how to pick up customer needs and communicate ESG targets and achievement to clients,
  • how to assess the financial performance of sustainable investments, and
  • how to assess the real-world impact of sustainable investments.


Schedule

Event 1 – Introduction to ESG / ESG Data and Scores , Wednesday, 02.11.2022

16.00-17.30 Introduction to ESG and sustainable finance
Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid, University of St.Gallen
17.30-18.15 Drinks, Snacks & Networking
18.15-19.00 ESG Ratings: How to measure companies’ ESG performance
Christoph Müller, CEO and Chairman, Inrate
 19.15-20.00 Measuring and evaluating ESG risk and incidents
Sergio Dias, Head of Key Account Management, RepRisk
Event 2 – Regulation, Certification, and Investment Strategies, Wednesday, 09.11.2022

 16.00-17.30 Regulation and reporting
Sasha Cisar, Sustainability Manager of Bank J. Safra Sarasin
 17.30-18.15 Drinks, Snacks & Networking
 18.15-20.00 Sustainable investments: Strategies and certification
Dr. E. Carnemolla, Vontobel Asset Management
Event 3 – Sustainable Investment Products and Performance Evaluation, Wednesday, 16.11.2022

 16.00-17.30 How to set up a sustainable investment product
Ruben Feldman, Deputy Head of ESG Strategy & Business Development, ZKB
 17.30-18.15 Drinks, Snacks & Networking
 18.15-19.45 The performance of sustainable investments – The academic evidence
Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid, University of St. Gallen
Event 4 – Financial Advisory / ESG and Climate Risk, Wednesday, 23.11.2022

16.00-17.30 Sustainable investments in financial advisory
UBS, Speaker TBA
17.30-18.15 Drinks, Snacks & Networking
18.15-19.45 Measuring and managing ESG and climate risk
Dr. Oliver Marchand, Global Head of ESG Research and Models, MSCI
Event 5 – Impact versus Greenwashing, Wednesday, 30.11.2022

16.00-16.45 Impact Investing
Keimpe Keuning, Exective Director & Head ESG and Sustainability in Private Markets, LGT Capital Partners
17.00-17.30 How to assess firms’ contribution to the 17 SDGs
Nico Frey, Head of Methodology, Radicant AG, Zürich
17.45-18.30 Drinks, Snacks & Networking
18.30-20.00 “Walk the talk” and the real effects of sustainable investments
Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid, University of St. Gallen



Target Audience

The target audience includes finance professionals in asset management, banking, financial advisory, pension funds, risk management, insurance, and finance IT, corporate treasury and finance employees involved in ESG compliance and reporting, and of course everybody interested in ESG and sustainable finance.



Location

Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich 
Lagergasse 2
8090 Zürich


Course Duration and Modalities

  • In-person course participation: Wednesday, 16.00 – 20.00, with the following time schedule:
     16.00 – 17.30 Lecture 1
     17.30 – 18.15 Reception / Networking
     18.15 – 19.45 Lecture 2
     20.00  End of the event
  • Alternatively, participants may decide to register for (live) online participation, which allows to ask questions (plus access to all the course materials and video recordings until a month after course end).


Course Fee

CHF 1’650 (including certificate and participation in the five weekly receptions)

Individual events can be booked at a price of CHF 350 per event (including participation in the networking reception for in-person participants).



Terms and Conditions

Cancelations until three weeks before the start of the course will be fully reimbursed. In case of a late cancelation, 50% of the course fee will be reimbursed. Cancelations after the start of the course cannot be reimbursed.

In case of an insufficient number of participants, the course may be cancelled or postponed. In that case, the course fee will be fully repaid to registered participants.