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Sustainable Finance Course

Organised by
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Balliol College, University of Oxford
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The University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is inviting applications for its Sustainable Finance Course in 2017. The course was successfully piloted in 2016 and is designed as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in policy, regulation, civil society, and investment.

The course is designed for those working in a range of sectors, for example: staff at environmental NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better environmental outcomes; civil servants and regulators working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; executives working in financial institutions that need an introduction to sustainability, the environment, and climate change as they relate to finance and investment; 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.

The course is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at Balliol College, Oxford from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st September 2017. Over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.

The course fee is £2,000 per person and includes all teaching costs, en suite accommodation at Balliol College, breakfast, lunch and some dinners, but it does not include the cost of travel to and from Oxford. There are some bursaries to cover fees that will be awarded on the basis of merit and need.