The goal of the EDHEC Sustainable Finance Group is to provide students with a better understanding of the Sustainable Finance landscape and its impact on financial markets and corporate finance practices. The Group gathers every two weeks to discuss recent developments in Sustainable Finance, and their relevance in financing the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Session 1 – ESG Investing and Integration

The first session on “ESG integration and investing” covered the following sub-topics:

  1. ESG investing definition
  2. Industry growth and geography
  3. The impact of ESG factors on returns
  4. ESG across various asset classes (equity, fixed income, real estate…)
  5. ESG ratings and quantification
  6. ESG regulations and standards
  7. ESG frameworks
  8. ESG disclosure practices and regulations

Especially the current inconsistency of ESG ratings and ESG data formed the basis of a very interesting and engaging session. More information on these inconsistencies and why they exist can be found in the following article:

Upcoming topics:

Sustainable Capital Markets, Sustainable Project Finance, Thematic Funds and ETF’s, ESG factors in valuations, Cleantech/ Sustainable Private Equity