Explore the benefits of sustainable finance systems and develop a plan for creating a sustainable economy with long-term value returns.

In today’s business landscape, it’s no longer sufficient for organisations to simply acknowledge global sustainability challenges like climate change, resource depletion, and inequality – they’re expected to lead the way through them.

The Sustainable Finance online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) offers the tools and insights needed to develop financial strategies that create value for society and invest in a sustainable future.

Over eight weeks, you’ll learn about the pressures, trends, and opportunities in the current financial system. You’ll also investigate the strategic business implications of social and environmental challenges, and discover how best to plan for the future through sustainable initiatives like impact investing, the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing, and positive screening.

With expert guidance from CISL faculty, you’ll gain the skills to implement sustainable finance solutions in your own context, and better understand how these strategies can positively impact your organisation’s long-term value gain. This course will also give you new perspectives on how businesses, banks, and insurers are shifting to more sustainable business models that offer positive returns for both their clients and society.


Is this course for you?

This course will be relevant to anyone interested in harnessing sustainable finance initiatives to bring about positive change – both professionals currently working in the finance sector, such as financial service providers, financial advisors, sustainability consultants, and fund managers, as well as those outside the industry seeking a more practical understanding of how sustainable finance can strategically drive long-term business returns (including managers, marketing specialists, investors, and those who work with NGOs). Policymakers in the public sector will also benefit from this finance course, as will anyone with an interest in integrating environmental considerations into development planning and finance. Similarly, this course is ideal for those looking to understand how both mindsets and the broader financial system are evolving in response to social and environmental pressures and, ultimately, how this can be financially and environmentally beneficial.


This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and CareerCourses accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.


What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
Insight into the environmental and social sustainability challenges and disruptions facing financial systems and business.
An understanding of how climate change and environmental concerns are rewiring financial systems and the skills to steer capital for a sustainable future.
Tools and frameworks to respond to financial risks posed by sustainability issues, and the insights needed to create long-term value.
The ability to develop sustainable finance strategies and lead integration into traditional financial management practices.
A personal action plan to implement sustainable finance in your sphere of influence.