Global investment professional association CFA Institute and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) announced today the launch of a new climate finance course targeted for business, finance, investing and accounting professionals.
According to CFA Institute and the ACCA, the new course is being introduced in response to the demand for skills and training for finance and investment professionals to help organizations with their sustainability strategies and activities.
CFA Institute and President and Chief Executive, Margaret Franklin, CFA, said:
“Concerns over greenwashing and a demand for products and skills to support sustainable investing have created a real need for finance professionals to develop a deeper understanding of how these factors are impacting the industry, clients, and the world at large.”
The new course provides an introduction to climate change, and its related economic and environmental impacts, as well as climate solutions, and covers topics including carbon pricing, sustainable business models, climate risk and opportunities in the context of business and portfolio construction and investment analysis. The course requires around 10 hours of self-paced study, and can be used as verified CPD.
According to ACCA Chief Executive Helen Brand, the course, designed by experts from both organizations, is “unique in its holistic approach, looking at the perspectives of both issuers and of investors.”
“Both accountancy and investment professionals have a vital role to play in the fight against climate change and creating a better world, so we’re delighted to be working with CFA Institute on this.”