What you will learn
- Define sustainability in the context of finance.
- Apply basic know-how to traditional financing, such as equity financing, debt financing and bank financing.
- Discuss how specific impact-oriented and innovative financing strategies can help to close the financing gap in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
- Compare different approaches to manage and measure impact.
- Define the four action areas of sustainable corporate financing.
- Apply these action areas to equity, bond, and bank financing.
Recent global developments have increasingly led to the issues of climate change and sustainable development being addressed. Different actors in the financial sector have started to account for sustainability issues in their daily operations. Not only regulatory pressure, but also stakeholder demands, incremental transparency and comparability of sustainability data, drive the transition of the financial sector towards sustainability. While sustainability has been gaining popularity in the investment business for several years now, it is only beginning in corporate finance. But since corporations play an essential role in the sustainability transformation of our economies, it is important to understand how financing is affected by sustainability considerations and how sustainability can be fostered through corporate financing.
This program will provide you with the foundations of corporate finance, banking, and sustainability and how these fields interact. There are four sustainability action areas (exclusion, ESG integration, transition, and sustainability solutions) that are relevant in the context of corporate financing. Special attention is given to the application of these action areas in the specific financing instrument: equity, bond, and bank financing. Specific impact-oriented and innovative financing approaches will be discussed, focusing on their relevance and origin, as well as possibilities to manage and measure the impact realized. Theoretical know-how will be accompanied by case studies and practical examples, to ensure that you are equipped with relevant experience that may be applied in your work environment.
These applications will also help you work on capabilities beyond the scope of this program, such as the critical reflection of public information and data and the feasibility to form your own opinion.
Specific impact-oriented and innovative financing approaches will be discussed, focusing on their relevance and origin, as well as possibilities to manage and measure the impact realized. Practical examples and case studies will be discussed for all financing approaches.
Courses in this program
ZHAWx's Sustainable Corporate Financing Professional Certificate
- 2–4 hours per week, for 4 weeks
The course “Sustainable Corporate Financing – Foundations” will provide the foundations of corporate finance with a particular focus on how sustainability aspects relate to corporate financing decisions. Four action areas regarding sustainable corporate financing are elaborated on and discussed. Theoretical know-how will be accompanied by case studies and practical examples.
- 2–4 hours per week, for 3 weeks
The course “Sustainable Corporate Financing – Applications” emphasizes sustainability from the perspectives of equity, debt, and bank financing.
Participants will gain in-depth insights on which financing options and considerations apply in the respective fields of action (exclusion, ESG integration, transition, and sustainability solutions) previously elaborated in the foundation course. In addition, this course will elaborate on the question, of how specific financing solutions can contribute to closing the SDG financing gap.
- Any position in the financial sector where an understanding of sustainability is required.
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