ESG Essentials

One of the key themes in finance today is sustainable finance; this refers to any form of financial service integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of society at large. The subset of ESG that tackles environmental impacts is broadly referred to as Green Finance, and the subset which focuses on social impacts is broadly referred to as Social Finance. In this pathway, several global experts on these subjects cover these two highly important and emerging themes.

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15 videos • 2 hours 52 minutes

  • Introduction to Climate Change

    Understanding the science of climate change is vital for understanding the future of finance. In this video, Simon gives an introduction to the science behind climate change and outlines the current political, scientific, and financial situations relating to this phenomenon. 

    Simon Thompson12:14

  • Introduction to Climate Risk Management

    The 2020 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report ranks climate change as the key risk faced by business, finance and society over the next 10 years. In this video, Simon will focus on the risks and how to identify and manage them.

    Simon Thompson14:04

  • The Physical Risks of Climate Change

    In this video, Amit explores the impact of the physical damage of climate change on the macroeconomic economy and stresses the importance of being aware and intervening with the correct policy response or the impact of climate change will spread and intensify.

    Amit Kara12:30

  • Why our Oceans Matter

    In this introductory video, Vincent explores the importance of the ocean to daily human life and the central role it plays in the global economy. Vincent highlights how 95% of the ocean is still yet to be explored and vitally contains 97% of the world’s water. Vincent defines the key sources of value from the ocean and outlines the key segments of the blue economy. Finally, this video also briefly covers the embryonic market for blue bonds and loans.

    Vincent Kneefel10:10

  • Introduction to Natural Capital and Biodiversity

    In this video, James introduces the five key questions that must be considered when exploring natural capital. He defines what natural capital is, why it is important and what implications the decline of natural capital is already having and will have in the near future. He delves into why natural capital is currently misvalued and finally, what we can do to move to a more nature positive economy.

    11:51

  • Introduction to Carbon Offsetting

    One of the biggest challenges combating industry-related carbon emissions today is the transition process to a net-zero pathway. Carbon offsetting can be effectively used to reduce the carbon footprint of institutions that cannot immediately transition to net-zero. It works by allowing institutions to ‘offset’ or compensate for emissions created in one location by reducing or capturing emissions elsewhere.

    Oliver Bolton11:59

  • The Emergence of 'S' as a Governance Topic

    In this video, Karina talks about the emergence of ‘S’ or the ‘social’ component in the commonly used ESG acronym and how it has become central to governance and stewardship.

    Karina Robinson09:02

  • What is Greenwashing?

    In the first video of this series, Keith begins by introducing Greenwashing and some examples of how some companies could potentially be seen as greenwashing. He also talks about some of the regulatory moves around data disclosure that investors and other stakeholders are calling for.    

    Keith Mullin10:39

  • Global Sustainable Finance Initiatives I

    The finance sector is given a leading role in tackling climate change and the transition to a green and sustainable, low-carbon world. In this video Simon explains how the transition requires cooperation and interaction between many of the key institutions and policy, regulatory and market initiatives active in green and sustainable finance.

    Simon Thompson11:26

  • Designing a Sustainability Strategy in Financial Services

    In the previous video of this two-part video series, Elisa talked about sustainability and the most important trends in the industry. In this video, she explores how to successfully design and execute a sustainability strategy.

    Elisa Moscolin08:26

  • Green Bond Markets Background

    In this video, Stephanie talks about the background of sustainable finance, key milestones and the relationship between environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks and financial risks.

    Stephanie Sfakianos11:56

  • The Drivers of Widespread Renewable Energy Adoption

    The oil price shocks of the mid-1970s caused the developed economies to investigate renewable energy based alternatives to fossil fuels. In this video, Colin explains the factors that triggered the rise of renewable energy and enabled its growth. He further describes how the costs of renewable power have changed over time and the technologies required to enable the widespread adoption of renewable energy generation.

    Colin Palmer14:02

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Financial Services

    In this two-part series, Nisrin shares her insight into diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with a particular focus on the financial services industry in the UK. She also talks us through her experience as a woman in the banking sector, as gender equality, or the lack thereof, is a key issue among many others when it comes to matters of diversity and inclusion.

    06:29

  • Why Impact?

    The world has been moving in the direction of investment that achieves a positive impact. We're at the critical historic juncture where we all have to push together to achieve this impact transparency. Join Sir Ronald as he explains what Impact investment and ESG investment is and the key reasons why the world is moving in the direction of assessing impact. He further highlights the similarities between technology and impact and finishes by explaining the roles different parties play in bringing about positive impacts.

    12:27

  • Social Impact Investment & Social Lending Introduction

    Stuart provides an introduction to social investment and explains what social investment is, the difference between loans and grants and how charities sustain loans and credit.

    Stuart Sweeney15:29

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