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ESG&SCF
ESG & Sustainable Corporate Finance

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Course Overview

Our ESG and Sustainable Corporate
Financing course offers a comprehensive
dive into the world of environmental,
social, and governance (ESG)
principles, tailored for professionals eager to
integrate sustainability into their business or
investment strategies.
This concise program blends live expert-led
sessions with flexible self-paced learning
modules, covering the essentials of ESG criteria,
sustainable financing instruments, ESG
risk management, reporting standards, and
strategic implementation. Participants will
gain practical skills through real-world case
studies and interactive projects, enabling
them to navigate and lead in the evolving
landscape of sustainable finance.
Whether you’re a business leader, finance
professional, or sustainability expert, this
course equips you with the knowledge and
tools to make impactful ESG decisions in
your organization.

Key Takeaways

1
Recall and explain key ESG concepts, including environmental, social, and governance factors, and how these impact corporate financing and investment decisions.
2
Apply ESG criteria to assess the sustainability performance of companies and investments using established tools and frameworks.
3
Critically analyze corporate ESG reports and sustainability-linked financial instruments to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
4
Assess the effectiveness of ESG strategies for risk management and value enhancement, making informed decisions based on ESG data and trends.
5
Design innovative ESG strategies and sustainable financing solutions for businesses, addressing sustainability challenges with creative solutions.

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The ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland and concentrates on important societal challenges, with a particular focus on energy and societal integration. Teaching, research and continuing education support this mission both scientifically and in practice. The ZHAW attracts over 13 000 students every year, including international students from 465 universities. Around 300 programs are offered at the ZHAW from bachelor’s level to doctorate and continuing education courses. The ZHAW offers many different disciplines and a wide range of specialist knowledge including Applied Linguistics, Applied Psychology, Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, Engineering, Health Professions, Life Sciences and Facility Management, Management and Law, and Social Work. Together with local and global partners, the ZHAW researchers carry out several hundred projects each year. Many of these groundbreaking innovations can be successfully implemented in practice, incorporated in teaching and learning, allowing the students to gain an in-depth understanding of their subject.

Course Outline

Introduction to ESG and Sustainable Corporate Financing
Understanding ESG: Definitions, importance, and impact on the global market.
The history and evolution of ESG considerations in business.
Introduction to sustainable corporate financing: Principles and goals.
Key drivers for ESG investment and financing trends.
Overview of stakeholders in ESG: Investors, companies, governments, and NGOs.
Deep Dive into ESG Criteria
Environmental Criteria: Climate change strategies, resource efficiency, pollution prevention.
Social Criteria: Community engagement, labor standards, diversity and inclusion.
Governance Criteria: Corporate ethics, board diversity, executive pay, and shareholder rights.
Case studies on companies leading in ESG practices.
Challenges and criticisms of ESG criteria in practice.
Sustainable Corporate Financing Strategies
Overview of financial instruments for sustainability: Green bonds, sustainability- linked loans.
Impact investing and ESG integration in portfolio management.
Role of credit rating agencies and ESG scores in financing decisions.
Strategies for companies to attract ESG investment.
ESG and its influence on financial performance and risk management.
ESG Reporting, Regulation, and Performance Measurement
Global ESG reporting standards and frameworks (GRI, SASB, TCFD).
Legal and regulatory environment for ESG disclosure and reporting.
Techniques for measuring and reporting ESG performance.
The role of technology in ESG data collection and analysis.
Case studies on effective ESG reporting by corporations.
Implementing ESG Strategies and Future Trends
Developing and implementing an ESG strategy within organizations.
Stakeholder engagement and communication on ESG issues.
Future trends in ESG: Technological advancements, regulatory changes, market expectations.
Challenges and opportunities for ESG in emerging markets.
Wrap-up: Integrating ESG into corporate culture and long-term planning.

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for

Business Leaders: CEOs, managers, and
department heads looking to integrate
ESG strategies into their operations.

Finance Professionals: Investors, analysts,
and financial advisors interested in ESG
factors for better investment decisions.

ESG and Sustainability Experts: Those
specializing in sustainability or ESG reporting
wanting to expand their knowledge.

Policy Makers: Government or regulatory
officials aiming to understand ESG’s
impact on policy and regulation.

Legal and Compliance Staff: Professionals
needing insights into ESG-related legal
and ethical standards.

Educators and Students: Academics or
students in business, finance, or sustainability
fields exploring ESG concepts.

NGO Staff: Individuals from environmental
or social welfare organizations seeking
to engage with businesses on ESG.

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