SFI Master Class - Fundamental Principles of ESG Investing (videoconference)

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Data: 12 Giugno 2020 / 09:00 - 12:00

Besides technology, sustainability has emerged as one of the most profound societal trends of our time. The finance and insurance sectors have not been isolated from this development and many institutions are now trying to account for sustainability in their decision making. At the heart of this effort is the idea of incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions.

Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), in cooperation with Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and Centro Studi Villa Negroni (CSVN), organises a Master Class, through videoconferencing, featuring SFI professor Philipp Krueger, University of Geneva, and Claudia Bolli, Head of Responsible Investing, Swiss Re. The lecture is held in English.


Building on industry practice and recent academic insights, this Master Class will provide a high-level overview of the fundamental principles of ESG investing in liquid asset classes, such as listed equities and corporate bonds. The Master Class will discuss currently available data and implementation approaches and discuss both opportunities and shortcomings of current practice. Overall, the master class aims to equip banking and finance professionals with up to date and relevant high-level knowledge about ESG investing. Specific learning objectives are:

  • Becoming familiar with basic ESG investing terminology and different ESG implementation approaches, including the motivation behind different approaches
  • Understanding the risk/return, asset universe and impact implications of different ESG implementation approaches
  • Being able to identify and discuss current shortcomings/challenges relating to available ESG data and ESG implementation approaches

The Master Class will also touch upon the implications of COVID-19 for ESG investing.


This Master Class is aimed at non-sustainable investing specialists in the financial industry who wish to broaden their knowledge capital and deepen their understanding of ESG investing. For instance, portfolio managers or relationship managers working in asset management and private banking will find the Master Class useful in order to get familiar with ESG investing.


Full details and registration at: https://www.sfi.ch/en/events/esg-investing