AV600522 - Sustainable Finance


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The Sustainable Finance Executive Course provides a foundation in sustainable finance for professionals in the financial sector, businesses, government, and civil society. It offers participants the essential knowledge and key concepts and strategies in sustainable finance along with an advanced understanding of sustainable finance regulation and recent developments. The course is aimed at professionals working in a range of sectors: (1) financial industry executives and professionals (financial advisers, fund managers, family offices, financial services and technology providers, sustainability consultants) who wish to advance their knowledge of sustainable finance and incorporate it in their current and future work; (2) business executives and professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of sustainable finance, integrate sustainability in business strategy, and undertake sustainable finance reporting; (3) company board members who wish to understand how sustainable finance relates to their board duties; (4) civil servants and local governments working to develop policies and projects involving sustainable finance; and (5) non-profit specialists who would like to use sustainable finance to create better environmental and social outcomes.

The course encompasses lectures, discussions, practical exercises, Harvard Business School cases, and guest lectures from top sustainable finance professionals and provides participants with the knowledge and networks required to successfully engage in sustainable finance work across a range of sectors and industries.

Learning outcome

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how finance and sustainable development (including SDGs) intersect
  • Analyze how economic, social and environmental issues (ESG) interact with finance
  • Explain key concepts, models, theories, and instruments in sustainable finance (including climate finance and impact investing)
  • Explain critical recent developments and key debates in sustainable finance
  • Describe the role of public sector and civil society in sustainable finance
  • Explain investor demand for sustainable finance and sustainability reporting
  • Evaluate required and dominant voluntary regulatory reporting standards and green taxonomies
  • Explain integrated reporting and challenges pertaining to ESG disclosure, reporting, and data
  • Describe sustainable finance data providers, benchmarks, and indices
  • Appraise relevant and material ESG issues, opportunities and risks of a company or investment
  • Explain ESG integration and how ESG instruments and tools are used to analyze investments and assess risk
  • Evaluate stewardship practices and tools (engagement, divestment, etc.)

Learning methods and activities

Course forms and activities: lectures, discussions, practical exercises, Harvard Business School cases, and guest lectures from top sustainable finance professionals.

Further on evaluation

The final assessment will be a report (individually or group written). More information will be provided closer to the time the course is offered.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Education at IIF - second degree level (514IM)

Required previous knowledge

A bachelor degree or higher. Work experience is a plus.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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