Singapore Green Finance Centre

Introduction to Sustainability & Sustainable Finance

Introduction to Sustainability and Sustainable Finance

An introductory Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the Singapore Green Finance Centre.

Instructor
Dr Rajiv Lall is a finance and policy expert with extensive experience in global investment banks and multilateral agencies, focusing on macroeconomic, trade and infrastructure policy issues, international capital markets, and sustainable investing in emerging markets like India, China, and ASEAN. Currently a member of the Management Committee at the Singapore Green Finance Centre and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Dr Lall is actively involved in building sustainable finance initiatives in Asia. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and a B.A. (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, earning prestigious fellowships and awards throughout his career.

Course Description
Introduction to Sustainability & Sustainable Finance is a foundational course designed to enhance the skill sets of professionals within the financial sector, as well as non-financial practitioners interested in sustainability and sustainable finance. Accessible to beginners with no prior knowledge of sustainability or finance, this course provides insights into climate and sustainable trends and their implications across various sectors, including sustainability reporting, risk management, and exploring carbon markets and strategies for decarbonisation management. It offers learners targeted insights into how climate change influences the financial sector according to current industry needs, ensuring participants are equipped with the latest knowledge and competencies required for success. Understanding these dynamics gives learners a competitive edge in making informed decisions, mitigating risks, and capitalising on emerging opportunities within the financial industry. Participants can anticipate a combination of instructional and learning methods, along with interviews featuring over 20 subject matter experts and industry practitioners.

Mode of Instruction
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Learn at your own pace and convenience.

Modules
Module 1: Understanding the Sustainability Challenge and What it Means for Business and Finance
Module 2: Sustainability Risk Management, Taxonomy Frameworks for Capital Allocation, and Sustainability Reporting (This module will be available in mid-May)
Module 3: Navigating Sustainable Finance: Equity, Debt, Carbon Markets, and Transition Finance (Available soon!) (This module will be available at the end of May)

Assessment
Participants will have the opportunity to test their knowledge through a series of questions at the end of each module. These assessments serve as a means to reinforce learning without a grading system.

Who Should Attend
Our target audience primarily consists of professionals within the financial sector, including investors, private bankers, and other stakeholders entrenched within the financial ecosystem. The MOOC also welcomes individuals interested in sustainability and sustainable finance in general, regardless of their prior knowledge or experience in these domains.

Course Fee & Funding
Free and open to the public.

Questions?
For general enquiries, please email SGFC at sgfc@smu.edu.sg.