Financial Markets

ESG Regulation & Reporting - Part 3


This eCourse consists of two modules on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs have huge implications for the financial sector. While the SDG framework was not developed specifically with business in mind, companies are increasingly assessed on their progress in achieving the SDGs, both positive and negative. Module 1 provides a broad overview of the SDGs and examines the recent developments in this space.

Module 2 describes how the SDGs are shaping the private sector – with particular focus on the financial industry – and changing the way business is transacted and investments are made. It is important to understand the impact of businesses on delivering the SDGs and managing the associated risks, including assessing investment opportunities to ensure they align with the SDGs and a company’s sustainability agenda.


On completion of this eCourse, you will be able to:
- Define the 17 SDGs and identify the reasons why they were created by the UN
- Apply the SDGs to some real-world situations, with an emphasis on the financial sector
- Recognise how governments and regulators have responded to the SDGs
- List some of the main criticisms of the SDGs
- Recognise the challenges SDGs present for the private sector
- Identify the relationship between the SDGs, ESG, & sustainable finance
- Recognise the opportunities SDGs present for the financial sector, and the importance SDGs will play in future investments


Module 1 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - An Introduction
Topic 1: Overview of the SDGs
Topic 2: Relating SDGs to the Real World
Topic 3: Government & Regulatory Response
Topic 4: Criticisms of the SDGs

Module 2 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Impact on the Financial Sector
Topic 1: SDGs & The Private Sector
Topic 2: SDGs, ESG, & Sustainable Finance
Topic 3: SDGs & The Financial Sector


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
SFC:1.00, PWMA:1.00
All Member: HK$285
Staff of Corporate Member: HK$285
Non-Member: HK$420