Financial Markets

Sustainable Finance


Sustainability focuses on meeting our own needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability does not only equate to environmental-ism, but considers the economy and society as well.

Sustainable finance is the adoption of this principle, and uses capital markets investment vehicles as a solution. This can be in the form of any financial services that integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into business or investment decisions.

This module covers the basics of sustainable finance, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs), environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria, and the ESG index, with opportunities to dive deeper into ESG issues and their impact.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain what SDGS, PRI and ESG are
- Define and explain water-related investments
- Understand how to implement ESG into portfolios
- Recognise the urgency and importance of sustainable finance


- Unpacking acronyms (SDGs, PRIs, ESG)
- Commitment to sustainable finance
- Water-related investments
i. Example 1: ING group
ii. Example 2: BNP Paribas
- UN Global Compact
- ESG index
- Growth of ESG investments
- Integration of ESG into portfolio


Relevant Subject
Type 1 - Dealing in securities
Type 2 - Dealing in futures contracts
Type 3 - Leveraged foreign exchange trading
Type 4 - Advising on securities
Type 5 - Advising on futures contracts
Type 6 - Advising on corporate finance
Type 7 - Providing automated trading services
Type 8 - Securities margin financing
Type 9 - Asset management
Type 10 - Providing credit rating services
Type 11 - Dealing in OTC derivative products or advising on OTC derivative products
Type 12 - Providing client clearing services for OTC derivative transactions
SFC:1.00, PWMA:1.00
All Member: HK$350
Staff of Corporate Member: HK$350
Non-Member: HK$700