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Designed to equip students, especially scientists and others with no background in economics or finance, with the knowledge and skills they need to engage with responsible investing.

In the Gottman Room at the School of Geography and the Environment

Urgency grows to tackle challenges such as climate change, stark inequity, environmental degradation and sustainable development. The global financial system may prove instrumental in meeting these challenges, if its traditional priorities and norms can be reoriented.

There is an increasing awareness of the need for corporate success to be measured not only in terms of financial return to shareholders, but in terms of the positive impact delivered to society and the environment. Many investors are now demanding higher standards of the companies they have holdings in, often reflecting a groundswell of public opinion.

In this course we will explore the landscape of responsible investing and examine its impact. Some of the questions we will address include: How can shareholders be effective stewards of their companies? How can capital be re-allocated to promote green and prosocial businesses? Can the adoption of environmental, social and governance criteria safeguard investors from risk? Can an investor seeking impact also seek return?

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to engage with responsible investing, via career, advocacy, activism or personal finance. Course content will be delivered by leading researchers and practitioners. The format of the course will be largely interactive, providing an opportunity for participants to share ideas with engaged peers and experts alike.

The course design and delivery is by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Positive Investment.

Priority will be given to MPLS students funded by the EPSRC, NERC and BBSRC, but in the interests of encouraging diversity and participation in this key area, researchers from other divisions and funders are also welcome to apply.