Thank you for choosing this resource as part of your continuing professional development. 

The Institute continues to lead the development of green and sustainable finance education and training for bankers worldwide. In 2018, we launched the Green Finance Certificate, the world’s first benchmark qualification for green finance. Updated in 2020, and renamed the Green and Sustainable Finance Certificate, it is now available through a network of partners in 40 countries. The most recent version was launched in 2023. 

This is a subject that is critically important to all of us – personally, professionally, individually and collectively. 

That’s why we are delighted to make elements of our programmes (freely) available to a wider audience. To pass what we are calling the ‘Carney Test’, every finance professional needs to develop and apply a knowledge and understanding of climate change and sustainability to the extent appropriate for their role, function and organisation. This then needs to be applied to advise, finance, and support customers and communities as they transition towards more sustainable, low-carbon futures. It is our hope that, by making this learning opportunity available to as many individuals within the sector as possible, we will hasten the progress towards ensuring that what we currently view as best practice, in terms of incorporating ESG and sustainability into lending and investment decisions and other financial activities, becomes standard practice – in all financial institutions, everywhere.  

The Foundations of Green and Sustainable Finance consists of three modules: 

  • Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change 
  • Module 2: Foundations of Climate and Sustainability Risks 
  • Module 3: Foundations of Green and Sustainable Finance 

Learning is a journey – enjoy the journey! 

For more information on Green Finance, you can read our blog here. You can also check out our latest Podcast on Green Finance now.

Have you viewed our Certificate in Climate RiskClick here to find out more.

Member Access to Foundation in Green and Sustainable Finance


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