ESG, Green Finance & Risk Management for ESG Professionals
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Achieving a net-zero carbon footprint is an enormous task for every firm. Understanding the challenges of sustainability,  ESG and risk management is key to any expert or manager!

15 reasons why gaining this know-how is crucial.

  1. Everybody is talking about Sustainable Finance. Can you too?
  2. Investors and other stakeholders inquire about the sustainability of your business. What do you answer?
  3. Learn how the physical and transitional risks of climate change transmit into your organization.
  4. Hazards, exposures, and vulnerabilities – experience what these terms mean for your firm!
  5. Understand how your enterprise risk management (ERM) may incorporate climate change and other ESG-related risks.
  6. Implement climate scenario analysis in your organization in an efficient and effective way, and benefit from your findings.
  7. Discover how green financial markets and sustainability-linked instruments work in practice.
  8. Hear about the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, and how they affect your business strategy, business model, and governance.
  9. Be aware of current regulatory initiatives such as the EU taxonomy and the Corporate Sustainable Reporting Directive, and how these regulations impact your organization.
  10. Improve your knowledge on ESG (environment, social, governance) matters, and understand how ESG should be implemented in your organization.
  11. Study the scientific basis of climate change for using it in your arguments on implementation matters.
  12. Identify the crucial key performance indicators (KPI) that explain the sustainability of your organization to internal and external stakeholders.
  13. Know how to disclose comprehensive and comparable information on your sustainability.
  14. Stay in front of the herd with learning about the upcoming regulatory initiatives on sustainability not only on climate risk but also on social and governance risk.
  15. Develop stress tests to better assess and manage exposures to ESG risks in your organization.

The course and the learning outcome

This 2-day course is designed to provide a starting point to sustainability and ESG risks, always paired with practical case studies on the concepts. You will get hands-on experience on ESG risk management which will benefit you in your day-to-day business, as the role of sustainability managers becomes more and more prominent in corporate life.

The political goals are set, namely the UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate. Now it is up to regulators and market participants to define concrete strategies and policies for the implementation at the firm level

The practical challenges lie in the complexity of sustainable development. Environmental (E), Social (S), and Governance (G) matter impact firms not only in a single area but often on a global basis. Special managerial skills are required for the overall understanding of ESG risks, and for their measurement and management to the benefit of the firm but also the wider society

Key Learnings:

  • The course starts with an introduction to ESG and in particular climate change from a scientific perspective.
  • It then moves on to the key features of sustainability, explains the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and shows how they are incorporated into investment guidelines and corporate risk frameworks.
  • The third part analyses in detail how ESG risks are translated into financial risks and discusses examples of how hazards/drivers, exposures, and vulnerability interact to manifest transition and physical risks.
  • Next, the course takes a holistic perspective on ESG risks in the context of public policy, corporate culture, and governance for promoting green finance.
  • Markets and financial instruments for green finance are the core of part five. The Green Bond Principles for investment decision-making are explained as well as the EU taxonomy.
  • Measurement and management of ESG risks are among the most urgent challenges for sustainable development.
  • Approaches to measuring climate-related risks are identified and available metrics and tools are presented. The masterpiece of the course is reached when, finally, climate models, scenario analysis, and stress tests are explained.


Recommended background

Basic ESG and financial understanding is helpful, but not a precondition. You gain the most from this course if you require a compact introduction to ESG and sustainability to introduce and support corporate decision-making along with sustainability guidelines.

Course format

Practice-based learning and critical engagement is a key theme through all our courses allowing delegates to acquire the needed skills and techniques to be applied as soon as they are learned and developed.


Day 1:


The Scientific Foundation of ESG and Sustainability. The Case of Climate Change.

  • Introduction to general trends of modern climate change
  • The earth’s energy balance and the greenhouse effect
  • The economic and ecological impacts of climate changes


Goals and Objectives of Sustainability

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Incorporation of SDG’s into investment guidelines and corporate risk frameworks  
  • Corporate case study


Climate Change Risk

  • Introduction to climate change risk
  • Translation pathways into financial risks
  • Acute/chronic hazards/drivers, exposures, and vulnerability for physical and transition risks with case studies
  • First-mover opportunities for firms and sectors


ESG Public Policies, Corporate Culture, and Governance

  • Introduction to the Paris Agreement and other climate initiatives
  • Carbon-pricing policies, carbon taxes, and emission-Trading Schemes
  • Integration of climate goals in corporate cultures and governance with case studies


Day 2:


Green Finance: Markets, EU Taxonomy and ESG (linked) Financial Instruments

  • Market trends in ESG and Sustainable Finance
  • Introduction to the Green Bond Principles 
  • Introduction to green credit markets
  • Introduction to EU Taxonomy & current status
  • Investment and lending decision-making under ESG-Criteria with case studies


The Measurement and Management of Climate Risk

  • Overview of measurement approaches for climate risk including metrics and tools
  • Risk inventory, impact on earnings & costs, quantification of overall climate risk
  • Incorporation of climate risk into corporate strategy, governance, and disclosure


ESG Risk Models and Scenario Analysis including Stress Testing

  • The benefits of scenario analysis for ESG risks
  • The IPCC scenarios and associated Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs)
  • The case of scenario analysis for transition risks
  • The case of scenario analysis for physical risks
  • The use of scenario analysis for defining corporate strategies and communication
  • Case study: ECB Climate Stress Tests


Feedback and Farewell



*** This course brought me the insights needed on global developments, the impacts on finance, management thinking, investments and managing our risks.

*** Dr. Hofinger and Dr. Buchmueller clearly have a large experience in these matters. They brought the course in a structured way. Now I can revert to my own organisation, evaluate and steer our ESG requirements

*** This was an excellent course. ESG Should clearly be on our radar within the firm. The course was structured in a very logical way, and I liked the teaching style, very clear in communication and using real world examples to bring the ideas to life. Thank you very much.

Lerne, wie es dir am besten passt!


Dr. Johannes Hofinger, MBA, FRM

Dr. Johannes Hofinger is specialized in Risk Management, Basel III, IFRS and regulatory reporting. His professional skills are reinforced by strong academic roots. He lectures for global business schools in corporate finance, managerial accounting and financial reporting. The main roles undertaken are lecturing, consulting and project management.  

Dr. Patrik Buchmueller

Dr. Patrik Buchmueller has more than 20 years of experience as regulator and risk manager in the financial sector. He has worked for German Banking Supervisor BaFin and for various public and private banks in Germany. Since 2018 he acts as consultant for central banks, and international banks in Germany. He also lectures at university level in the fields of risk management & economics and has published several books on risk management in the financial sector. Working for BaFin he had been member of Basel Committee of Banking Supervision’s Subgroup on Operational Risk Management and other workgroups between banking supervisors in the European Union and in Germany.  

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Bücher, die wir für Sie studiert haben

ESG Matters: How to Save the Planet, Empower People, and Outperform the Competition
ESG Matters: How to Save the Planet, Empower People, and Outperform the Competition

In ESG Matters, authors Dr. Debra L. Brown and David A. H. Brown challenge the thinking that businesses operate in a vacuum, separate from the environment. Maintaining a focus on environment, social, and governance (ESG) places an organization a step above those that don’t consider the ethics of good business.  

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing: A Balanced Analysis of the Theory and Practice of a Sustainable Portfolio
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing: A Balanced Analysis of the Theory and Practice of a Sustainable Portfolio

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing: A Balanced Analysis of the Theory and Practice of a Sustainable Portfolio presents a balanced, thorough analysis of ESG factors as they are incorporated into the investment process. An estimated 25% of all new investments are in ESG funds, with a global total of $23 trillion and the U.S. accounting for almost $9 trillion. Many advocate the sustainability goals promoted by ESG, while others prefer to maximize returns and spend their earnings on social causes. The core problem facing those who want to promote sustainability goals is to define sustainability investing and measure its returns.  

Responsible Investing
Responsible Investing

This book provides the first holistic resource on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing. It provides a thorough background and history of ESG investing, as well as cutting-edge industry developments, in a way that introduces the reader to the rapidly developing field of responsible investing.  

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AG Insurance
Allianz Benelux
Argenta NV
AXA Belgium
Baloise Insurance
Banca Monte Paschi Belgio S.A.
Bank De Groof
Banking Association (Kosovo)
Belfius Investment Partners
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bpost Bank
Buy Way
CBC Bank
Celio Finance SPRL
Delen Private Bank
Delta Lloyd Life
Deutsche Bank AG
DKV Belgium
Ethias SA
Euler Hermes Services
Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Euroclear Investments
Europ Assistance
European Investment Bank - EIB (Luxembourg)
European Union - EDFIMC / ElectriFI
Flanders Investment & Trade
Gras Savoye Belgium
Incofin Investment Management
ING Bank België
KBC Bank
Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
National Bank of Belgium
NN Insurance Belgium
Record Bank
Société Générale Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Triodos Bank
VGD International -Audit & Tax
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Zurich Insurance plc, Belgium branch
Vanbreda International
Afton Chemical SPRL
Air Liquide
Allnex Belgium SA/NV
ANL Plastics
Arcelor Mittal ( Belgium & Luxembourg)
Axalta Coating Systems 
BASF Antwerpen
BASF Belgium Coordination Center
Beaulieu International Group
Borealis Polymers NV
Bridgestone Europe SA
CNH Industrial Belgium NV
Cofely Fabricom
Cytec Belgium
DOMO Chemicals (Germany)
Dow Corning
Electrolux Appliances AB - EMA- EMEA (SEE)
Engineered Pressure Systems International
European Owens Corning Fiberglas
Fost Plus
GDF Suez
Griffith Foods
Hamon & Cie
Heraeus Electro-Nite International NV
Jacobs Belgium
Milliken Europe
Niko Group
NXP Semiconductors - Prodis  (Netherlands)
SPX Cooling Technologies
Synventive Molding Solutions (Germany)
Vinçotte International
VPK Packaging Group NV
Yara Belgium NV
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
AVEVE Biochem NV
Carrefour Belgium
Delhaize Corporate Group
Abbott Logistics B.V. (Netherlands)
AbbVie (Canada)
Agfa HealthCare NV
AZ Sint-Blasius
Baxter International (Austria)
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CinnaGen (Tehran)
Datwyler Pharma Packaging International
Groep OZ ESV
Landelijke Christelijke mutualiteit (LCM)
Mutualités Libres: MLOZ
Novartis Pharma
SA Bristol- Myers Squibb Belgium NV
Stryker (Netherlands)
Terumo BCT Europe NV
Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen
AW Europe
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN)
Corelio Printing
De Persgroep Publishing nv
EDF Luminus
Elia System Operator
Engie Electrabel NV/SA
Eni Gas & power
Fluxys Belgium
Itineris NV
Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen
Europees Parlement
Ministry of European Integration
National Agency for Protection of Personal Data
Nationale Loterij
SD Diensten NV (SD Worx)
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Stad Antwerpen
Stadsbestuur Harelbeke
Syntra Brussel
UGent - FBW
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Acturus sprl
ARC Europe
BIA Africa
Bia Overseas
Brooser BE Operations 
Cipal Schaubroeck
Computer Task Group
Deloitte Accountancy
Egemin International
Enhesa International
FIS (former Clear2Pay)
Interel Group
K&L Gates
Matexi NV
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
PwC Tax Consultants
Vinçotte International sa
Alstom Belgium
ARC Europe 
Brussels Airport Company
De Lijn
D'Ieteren Auto
Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen
Globachem nv
GSC Greensea Chartering 
HONDA Motor Logistics
Neovia Logistics
PSA Antwerp nv
Retail & Wholesale
Seatrade Reefer Chartering
Thalys International
Trimble T&L
Volkswagen Group Services
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge NV
Witzenmann Benelux nv

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