Summer Course 2021: The future of responsible investing


Leading academics from all over the world will deliver a series of virtual, interactive lectures about the future interplay between sustainability, finance and technology between 20 July and 25 August. Organised in cooperation with the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).

Greenwashing, AI, and the impact on the asset management industry

25 August, Prof. Dr. Markus Leippold - University of Zurich


Prof. Dr. Markus Leippold presents the latest developments in artificial intelligence and sustainability in the financial industry. We will also explore the potential impact of greenwashing and greenwashing detection on the asset management industry.

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Poverty alleviation: policy and big data

19 August, Prof. Bohui Zhang - Chinese University of Hong Kong


Prof. Bohui Zhang analysed the progress China has made over the past ten years in alleviating poverty through government policies and the use of technologies such as big data.

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Paris-aligned investing

12 August, Prof. Andreas Hoepner - University College Dublin


The session addresses the current interplay among green finance developments, the EU taxonomy for environmentally sustainable economic activities, transparency and financial data science and how these can lead to a more conflict-free capitalism.

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The return on sustainability investment

3 August, Prof. Tensie Whelan - NYU Stern School of Business


ESG/sustainability has moved from a “nice to have” to the “must have” next wave of good management. NYU research finds that ESG drives better performance at a corporate level and at a portfolio level and they have concrete cases looking at the drivers of the better performance, including ground-breaking consumer purchasing data from retailers across the country demonstrating that 55% of the growth in consumer packaged goods over the last five years came from sustainability market products.

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How transparency on value creation can support responsible investment

28 July, Prof. Dr. Nancy Kamp-Roelands - University of Groningen


Investors increasingly follow an ESG strategy to select and monitor their investments. Transparency among the companies they select for their portfolio is key to making such investment decisions. This lecture will discuss the impact of various elements of integrated reporting on value creation for multiple capitals (financial, social, environmental, intellectual, social and relationship capital) and how this may benefit investment decisions. Companies currently face many challenges in their environment. It is therefore important to obtain information that will help assess the extent to which a company can maintain its ability to create value for multiple stakeholders and improve its financial performance in the long term. Integrated reporting provides this type of information. In addition, the lecture will briefly explain assurance with respect to integrated reporting.

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Spatial Finance, space technology and data science to transform decision-making in finance

20 July, Prof. Dr. Ben Caldecott - University of Oxford


This lecture is an introduction to the emerging field of spatial finance, the integration of geospatial data and analysis of financial theory and practice. Earth observation and remote sensing combined with machine learning have the potential to transform the availability of information in financial systems. It will allow financial markets to better measure and manage climate-related risks, as well as a range of other factors that affect risk and return in different asset classes. The lecture will also highlight the relevance of this field for sustainable investment, as well as the broader implications for the future of finance.

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