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E-learning on Sustainable Finance

In order to share the experiences that our team acquired in consulting hundreds of financial institutions and investment projects worldwide, we have developed a series of highly relevant, interactive E-learning courses.

These course are available now on our E-learning platform Sustainability.Training for financial institutions in developing countries and beyond.

These courses are different

Focus on typical loopholes – practical examples – discussions on how to solve problems – proven ideas

E-learning on Sustainable Finance

= sustainability.training – from a risk perspective, the opportunity perspective and from a motivational point of view

Proven ideas

Based on our experiences with hundreds of financial institutions and investment projects worldwide that are used and loved by thousands of customers

Sustainability Training multi devices

Interactive E-Learning courses


Best practices




Minimum theory, maximum practice

Good international practices as formulated in the IFC Performance Standards are the bottom line in all our E-learning courses.

Case studies, lessons learnt, lines or argumentation, interactions and quizzes are our didactical vehicles. All crisp, varied and practical.

What kind of courses do we offer?

These courses are different from what you might expect. The courses

  • focus on typical loopholes and related problem solving

  • anticipate your training needs

  • provide the key learnings in the most time-saving way possible

  • show what is a must have and what are nice to haves

  • explain why to do something and not only how to do

  • allow the trainees to be more confident in performing their job

Sustainability.Training – this is what our courses cover:

State of the art E&S risk management for financial institutions

Background, good practices, case studies, introduction to IFC Performance Standards, related guidance, convincing your customer, case studies

Banker and Site Visits: Identfying Environmental Issues

Bankers on site visits: checking environmental issues inside and outside the fence

What investment managers as non-experts could actually look for on the environmental side when making a client visit – inside and outside the factory gate

Bankers and Site Visits: Identifying Health and Safety Issues

Bankers and Site Visits: Identifying Health and Safety Issues

What non-experts could look for when making a client visit. Beyond looking for workers wearing helmets or asking villagers whether they like the project

Reducing the direct environmental and social footprint of a bank

Reducing a banks direct E&S footprint

Getting your own operations in order first: Environmental and Social footprint related to banks buildings, staff, and suppliers

Sustainable Banking Principles - CEO briefing

Sustainable Banking Principles – CEO brief

Motivating banks CEOs to understand, sign and implement one of the various sustainable banking principles sets

Opportunities Facilitating the Green Economy

Opportunities Facilitating the Green Economy

Megatrend “Green Finance”: What it is, seizing opportunities, developing your own strategy

Overview of Good Practice in Governance for Sustainability and Transparency

Overview of Good Practice in Governance for Sustainability and Transparency

Context, good corporate citizenship, corporate governance for impact, the new art of corporate reporting

E&S risk management guide and toolbox

E&S risk management guide and toolbox

to provide tailor made guidance in implementing financial institutions E&S policies related to risk management

No E-learning but an innovative tool box to provide tailor made guidance in implementing financial institutions E&S policies related to risk management (In conjunction with course “State of the art E&S risk management”)

DFI E&S Requirements

Development Banks E&S requirements on their banking clients

Understanding E&S related requirements that Development Banks typically have when financing the financial sector. Regularly updated to reflect the latest DFI requirements

What are the courses’ aspirations? And what not?

Not sure if these courses are really relevant for your bank?

For the “risk related” courses the idea is NOT:

  • To transform investment managers into E&S experts

    Whenever serious environmental or social problems come up, ‘real’ experts will need to be involved

  • To ‘offload’ work from local authorities to your managers

    Obviously, the local authorities’ roles and responsibilities remain unchanged

  • To unnecessarily ‘increase’ the workload for credit officers

    The additional workload will actually be marginal and allow for a much deeper understanding of the investment project thereby reducing risks

  • To create more ‘bureaucratic hurdles’

    … for the companies in need of credits thereby reducing your competitive situation

The “business opportunity related courses” may give you some examples of what other financial institutions have successfully done in the larger field of “Green Finance”. However, more importantly, they will explain how financial institutions could ideally develop their own, individual business strategies.

The courses that focus on motivational aspects related to sustainable finance will provide you with some proven line of arguments when selling the idea of sustainable financing as well as proper E&S management for investment projects. These arguments may not be readily applicable to all thinkable scenarios but prepare you well for discussions with clients as well as colleagues.

Who are these courses for?

Sustainable Finance Team

Our courses target financial institutions that at least have a soft corner for environmental and social aspects related to their financing. This clearly includes corporate finance, investment banking (corporate advisory, structured lending and capital, trading), equity investments, project finance, project finance advisory, structured commodity finance, small and medium business lending, trade and leasing, and other forms of direct lending.

This clearly does not include financial institutions that engage in CSR-related activities in a minimum manner, but still expect that they can create highly positive brand image for the company by publicising their CSR efforts.

Very often our customers have a business relationship with a Development Financing Institution (DFI), a Development Bank or an Equator Principles Financing Institution which almost always will lead to E&S requirements to your lending. However, this is not a must, i.e. courses are meaningful to all financial institutions interested in sustainable finance.

Within each financial institution we target the following functions:

  • CEOs

    To quickly get the key arguments for better E&S risk management and the business case

  • E&S Team

    To overcome implementation barriers internally and with regard to the client by learning best practices and lines of argumentsuments for better E&S risk management and the business case

  • Investment Manager

    To better understand related risks and discuss issues at eye level with the customer

  • Business Developer

    To understand that E&S issues can be full of opportunities

  • CFO

    Getting a full understanding for DFI requirements and the relation to your core business

How do the courses ‘work’?

George is the trainer of most E-learning courses provided by sustainability.training. He will guide you through the training modules – step by step. In the trainings you will benefit from his experience and his capability to address those issues that really matter.

You will then meet different characters in our trainings each of which with a very specific job role (Managing Director, Investment Manager, Client, E&S Officer, etc.). The characters interact with each other, discuss problems that you also may face and jointly develop suitable solutions. You will recognize our team as avatars for people you meet in your daily work.

Sustainability Training Team

How to benefit?

There are various ways to benefit from our experiences:

  • Benefit 1

    Expand your corporate training concept

    We offer corporate clients that are interested in larger scale E&S related trainings for their staff or clients customised E-Learning access. This allows you to integrate our E-learning courses into your overall E-learning strategy, allowing for an unlimited number of trainees and the tracking of training performance. Moreover, we offer corporate customers to adapt our off-the-shelf products to own specifications (design, terminology, procedures) or to develop new courses on E&S topics. – Corporate training licenses –

  • Benefit 2

    Upgrade individual skills

    In case you want to have only a small number of staff trained, you may want to consider buying access for off the shelve courses. – Individual training licenses –

    Benefit 2

  • Benefit 3

    Become a test user

    Just try our free courses. Or request free access to one of our modules and provide us with your feedback.


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