Global investment manager Federated Hermes announced today the launch of the Responsible Investing Institute, aiming at helping investment professionals to deepen their understanding of responsible investing and authentic ESG integration in order to enhance client conversations.

The institute offers three 50-minute courses, including “ESG 101,” which helps investment professionals identify what constitutes ESG, while defining key concepts, themes and approaches. Other courses include “ESG data and investment implementation,” expanding knowledge about authentic ESG integration, and helping advisors to navigate the ESG data landscape and to recognize the value of engaging with corporate issuers, and “ESG business implementation,” a practical guide for advisors and asset allocators to help them identify ESG interest and talk about responsible investing with new and existing clients. The curriculum was developed in partnership with leading global advisory firms KKS Advisors. Each course is eligible for one continuing education credit.

Paul Uhlman, president of Federated Securities Corp., said:

“Through a Federated Hermes 2020 survey, we learned that 90% of financial advisors were being asked about ESG investing, while less than 25% of them felt confident having a client conversation about it. We established the Responsible Investing Institute to help fill that gap by offering a series of interactive, web-based courses designed to ensure financial professionals were not only fluent, but confident in their understanding of responsible investing and authentic ESG integration in order to deepen client conversations.”