Utrecht, Netherlands

Sustainability & the Future of Finance

when 29 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 875

Our economic models were developed in the age of resource abundance when natural resources were plentiful and carbon emissions limited. No environmental concerns were factored into these models, only labour and capital. Likewise, financial theory does not account value to natural resources beyond their near-term cash flows[1].

The financial system is integral and crucial to achieving a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy!

This course will provide insights into sustainable finance aspects like governance and financial behaviour, changing financial strategies, integrated reporting, investing for long-term value creation, equity investing, impact investing, green bonds, new forms of lending, microfinance, sustainable project financing, social entrepreneurship and transition management.

Course leader

Frans Boumans, MSc MBA

Target group

This course is open to students with an advanced Bachelor and Master level. A background in Business Studies is not required. Instead, students are expected to have an interest and /or background in either finance or banking, and have to be curious to explore new financials models and innovations. If you have no or limited background in finance or banking, we would advise you to first take part in the 5 days’ course ‘Introduction to Finance & Banking’ (B23) and then take this course as a follow-on. In all cases, a good command of English is necessary.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand new financing models in a changing world, within and outside the traditional banking industry. Students will learn about alternative funding sources: How can crowdfunding provide equity and debt; What is the impact of new technologies like blockchain?; Could banking unions be helpful; What is the role of pension funds?; What is the impact of peer-to-peer lending?

Fee info

EUR 875: Course + course materials.
If you are a student you will receive a discount and pay a course fee of € 699.
EUR 250: Housing fee (optional)