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Sustainable Finance Executive Programme

In brief

Details
Dates 11-15 September 2023
Duration 5-day residential
Location Oxford
Fees
Private sector £6,250
Public sector £4,250

Contact

sfep@smithschool.ox.ac.uk

Overview

A five-day residential workshop at the University of Oxford, our course is an introduction to sustainable finance for professionals working across a range of sectors. It equips participants with essential knowledge the of principles and concepts, as well as an advanced understanding of the latest developments.

The Sustainable Finance Executive Programme (formerly the Sustainable Finance Foundation Course) was launched in 2016 and is is designed to be the premier executive programme on sustainable finance globally. The programme attracts the best and brightest current and future leaders from a diverse range of sectors and delivers a unique in-person experience that equips them with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance. 

The programme has been designed and developed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group as an introduction to sustainable finance for professionals working in a range of sectors, for example: executives working in financial institutions that need to understand how sustainability, the environment, and climate change relates to finance and investment; civil servants, regulators, and central bankers working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; staff at environmental NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better environmental outcomes; philanthropic funders looking to navigate sustainable finance topics so as to support the most impactful activities; and trustees or company directors that want to understand how sustainable finance relates to their fiduciary duties.

Participants on the programme engage critically with systems and theories in sustainable finance and investment such as: active ownership, the carbon bubble, climate finance, conservation finance, disclosure, divestment, engagement, ESG, green banks, green bonds, green benchmarks and indices, impact investing, public private partnerships, reporting, responsible investment, stranded assets, and green taxonomies.

The Sustainable Finance Executive Programme is the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group's flagship executive programme. Participants will become part of a growing alumni community and receive invitations to our events and conferences. Alumni also receive a 15% discount on all other Oxford Sustainable Finance Group open enrolment executive programmes.

Alumni

SFEP alumni will receive invitations to our events and conferences as part of our growing community. Alumni are eligible for a 15% discount on all other Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme open enrolment executive courses.

Course objectives

Through the programme participants will:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge in the emerging theories and practice of sustainable finance and investment.
  • Become confident in navigating and critically analysing the key aspects and developments in sustainable finance, as well as how to engage with different financial sector stakeholders for collaboration.
  • Study how different policies, regulations and supervisory expectations related to sustainable finance are evolving in different jurisdictions, their direction of travel, and opportunities for influence.
  • Form a global network of like-minded professionals that are approaching sustainable finance from different angles and professional perspectives.
  • Learn from, challenge, and engage in conversation with leading Oxford faculty and expert practitioners who blend research with experience. Cutting edge theory on sustainable finance and investment will be examined using a blend of case-studies, presentations, and Oxford Union-styled debates.
  • Embark on a unique 'Oxford experience' and explore first-hand the history that the city has to offer including candlelit college dinners.

The programme is designed to equip participants with essential foundational knowledge of core principles and concepts in sustainable finance, as well as an advanced understanding of the very latest developments. It is an ideal preparation for current and emerging professional examinations in sustainable finance and related areas.

  • Dr Jacob Schumacher

Apply

In order to apply please complete an online application form

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their suitability for the programme in terms of:

  • The relevance of the programme to their occupation and organisation
  • Their experience and potential, particularly in areas related to programme content

Fees & funding

The course fee includes all teaching costs, ensuite accommodation at an Oxford college for five nights, breakfast, lunch and several dinners. It does not include the cost of travel to and from Oxford, visas, insurance or any personal expenses.

Participants will become part of a growing alumni community and receive invitations to our events and conferences. Alumni also receive a 15% discount on all other Oxford Sustainable Finance Group open enrolment executive programmes.

Fees
Private sector £6,250
Public sector & civil society £4,250
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Participant stories

I go back with a lot of food for thought, an enhanced network and a handful of interesting ideas to think about. Thank you for making it possible.
With limited background in either finance or sustainability this was a great and comprehensive introduction. The setting and organisation was perfect as well!

Application form – collection notice

Information collected in the Application Form above will only be used for the purpose of evaluating your application to the Sustainable Finance Executive Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), University of Oxford, and will not be made available to third-parties. Information provided will only be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil this purpose. Information is handled, stored and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. By supplying this information you are consenting to the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, SoGE holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. For more information, please see the SoGE's Privacy Policy.

In brief

Details
Dates 11-15 September 2023
Duration 5-day residential
Location Oxford
Fees
Private sector £6,250
Public sector £4,250

Contact

sfep@smithschool.ox.ac.uk