Pioneering in Finance: Creating Value through Sustainability
More than ever, today’s financial markets play a key role in tackling global environmental and social challenges. Regulators and society expect major capital suppliers to demonstrate the purpose they serve beyond financial goals. At the same time, the financial sector recognizes that considering issues such as climate change and societal well-being in financial decision-making is not just the right thing but also a smart thing to do.
It is the reason why the world’s leading institutional investors, banks, and financial service providers are making sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) an integral part of their core activities. For example, BNP Paribas and APG no longer finance the tobacco sector, while ABN AMRO and Triodos invest in companies that have a positive impact on society and earn competitive financial returns.
This move towards sustainable finance creates the need for professionals who can use their knowledge of finance and sustainability to achieve financial and societal goals. Are you interested in learning how financial analysis and investments can take sustainability risks and opportunities into account? Do you want to apply finance in a meaningful way by investing in companies and projects that have a positive impact on society? Do you want to bridge the knowledge gap between traditional finance professionals and sustainability experts?
Our Master’s program Sustainable Finance and Investments is an opportunity to study how fundamental finance knowledge and the principles of sustainability can be brought together in financial analyses and investments. The program equips you with the latest scientific know-how and practical skills to integrate environmental and social issues in finance. This combined expertise is sought by major financial institutions and companies that seek to fulfill their financial goals while promoting a more sustainable financial market, economy, and society.
In this Master’s program, you will learn from academic staff with more than a decade’s experience in research and education on sustainable finance and business. Utrecht University School of Economics’ (U.S.E) academic staff excel in integrating financial and economic perspectives into broader societal issues. U.S.E promotes the translation of science into practice and policy through initiatives such as the Sustainable Finance Lab and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.