Forthcoming Events

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Forthcoming Courses

Coronavirus COVID-19 information:
We are still planning for all of our Summer 2020 courses to be held in Oxford to go ahead. However, in light of coronavirus (COVID-19) we will not require successful applicants to pay the course fees until the situation becomes clearer and would advise them not to commit to other related expenses (i.e. travel). We aim to confirm and re-confirm courses by the end of April 2020. It is possible that courses may need to be postponed, but we will continue to monitor events and follow UK Government guidance. We will also be providing successful applicants for 2020 courses with the option to defer their enrolment to 2021 should they prefer to do so. Please contact: executive.education@smithschool.ox.ac.uk for any queries in relation to this.


Enterprise and the Environment Summer School

28 June - 10 July 2020

The Enterprise and the Environment Summer School is designed, delivered and managed by the University of Oxford. It is a programme intended for undergraduates, as well as recent graduates and young professionals passionate about leading environmental change. The Summer School combines our world class faculty, cutting edge research and expert practitioners; they will explore topics with you such as environmental economics and policy, enterprise management, financial markets and investment to approach critical environmental challenges in the 21st century.

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Climate-related Financial Risk Course

15 - 17 July 2020

Measuring and managing climate-related financial risks will be critical for institutions across the financial system. This has been made clear by the G20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), as well as by central banks and financial regulators around the world. Physical climate change impacts and societal responses to climate change are already stranding assets across sectors of the global economy and this looks set to accelerate. This has very real implications that need to be appropriately and professionally managed.

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Sustainable Finance Foundation Course

14 - 18 September 2020

Aligning finance with sustainability is a necessary condition for tackling the environmental challenges facing humanity. It is also necessary for financial institutions (and policymakers and regulators) to manage environment-related risks, as well as capture opportunities associated with the transition to global environmental sustainability. The Sustainable Finance Foundation Course was launched in 2016 and is the premier short-course on sustainable finance globally.

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Engagement, Stewardship, and Sustainability Course

23 - 25 September 2020

Engagement and stewardship are fundamental to achieving sustainable finance. The positive influence that financial institutions can have on the companies and governments they finance is essential for the successful realisation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Engagement and stewardship are also fundamental to improving the practices of investee companies, particularly in terms of the systematic management of environment-related factors, including climate-related physical and transition risks.

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Leadership in a Climate Emergency

TBC - December 2020

It is clear. We are in a time of Climate Emergency. The scale and pace of climate change threatens the business status quo. This programme is for senior executives who recognise the need for change within their business and are looking for guidance on how to best activate it. It uniquely combines the academic expertise and research of two leading University of Oxford institutions:

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