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17 May, 2023

IMAS and SGFC Push to Bridge Asia’s ESG Gap With Accessible Training Programmes for the AM Industry

The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) announced a collaboration with the Singapore Green Finance Centre (SGFC) to offer a series of sustainable finance training modules developed by SGFC, on the IMAS iLearn platform – the centralised training portal for investment management professionals.

Managed by Singapore Management University (SMU) and Imperial College London, SGFC was established to develop green capital markets in Singapore through high-impact research and educational programmes. The initiative is backed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and leading global financial institutions.

The series of courses will take reference from the Sustainable Finance Technical Skills and Competencies (SF TSCs) outlined by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) and MAS. Conducted on iLearn, these eLearning training programmes allow participants to learn at their own pace.

Carmen Wee, the Chief Executive Officer of IMAS said, “IMAS has been working hard with partners to bring relevant and useful training on ESG to enhance capacity building within the asset management industry. We are very pleased to work with SGFC on this initiative and hope this will elevate the level of ESG expertise in Singapore and narrow knowledge gaps in this space.”

Dave Fernandez, the Co-Director of SGFC said, “Sustainable finance can be a complex subject to master given its cross-curricular nature and novelty. Training working professionals with limited time is an added challenge. Therefore, we designed these modules with practicality and conciseness as our key focuses. The goal is to provide a solid and holistic foundation for finance practitioners, enough for them to then self-develop in their day-to-day practice.”

For a start, SGFC will be introducing two initial courses, namely Climate Change Management and Sustainable Investment Management. The former will be instructed by Prof Winston Chow, Associate Professor of Urban Climate at SMU’s College of Integrative Studies covering key climate change concepts, principles, and risk management issues relevant to an organisation’s activities. Meanwhile, the latter will be offered in the second half of 2023 and will be instructed by Prof Hao Liang, Co-Director of the Singapore Green Finance Centre.


About the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) was founded on 22nd September 1997 by 10 major financial institutions in Singapore and has since grown to include more than 150 members. As a representative body of investment managers, IMAS spearheads the development of the industry in Singapore, by fostering high standards of professionalism amongst practitioners and creating public awareness of, and interest in the industry. We act as a forum for members, promote exemplary best practices, represent members collectively, educate investors, and improve standards of research and fund management expertise, as a collective drive to promote the investment management industry.

As part of IMAS’ continued efforts to support the upskilling and reskilling of our industry, in particular, the ESG space, we have launched a suite of ESG modules on IMAS iLearn platform covering basic and advanced topics. They include basic programmes e.g., SGFC’s Climate Change Management, Responsible Investing 101 and Sustainable Investing in Practice, as well as intermediate programmes e.g., Sustainable Finance across Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Supply Chains, and Sustainable Finance for Infrastructure Companies and Projects. Visit the IMAS iLearn to learn more.

About Singapore Management University (SMU)

Established in 2000, Singapore Management University (SMU) is recognised for its disciplinary and multidisciplinary research that address issues of global relevance, impacting business, government, and society. Its distinctive education, incorporating innovative experiential learning, aims to nurture global citizens, entrepreneurs and change agents. With more than 12,000 students, SMU offers a wide range of bachelors, masters and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with six of its eight schools – Accountancy, Business, Economics, Computing, Law and Social Sciences. Its seventh school, the SMU College of Integrative Studies, offers a bachelor’s degree programme in deep, integrative interdisciplinary education. The College of Graduate Research Studies, SMU’s eighth school, enhances integration and interdisciplinarity across the various SMU postgraduate research programmes that will enable our students to gain a holistic learning experience and well-grounded approach to their research. SMU also offers a growing number of executive development and continuing education programmes. Through its city campus, SMU focuses on making meaningful impact on Singapore and beyond through its partnerships with industry, policy makers and academic institutions.

About Singapore Green Finance Centre

The Singapore Management University, in collaboration with Imperial College London, established Singapore’s first centre of excellence to support and transform businesses in Singapore and the Asian region in the areas of Sustainability, Climate and Green Finance. The Singapore Green Finance Centre does this through high-impact research, outstanding educational programmes, and new talent development. The Centre, supported by finance industry partners and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, aims to mobilise a growing community of practitioners who are armed with knowledge, hungry for action, and biased towards solutions.