Sustainable Investing

Ensure your investment strategies are driven by environmental, social, and governance factors



Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


The Sustainable Investing programme explores this rising industry and gives you the skills to navigate the terminology, activity, drivers and participants of the ESG ecosystem. This programme prepares you to harness ESG data to drive financial performance and investment strategies.

With increasing pressure from regulators, investors and consumers, Sustainable Finance and Investing has moved from a niche concept to a globally recognized strategic priority. This form of financial services, which addresses Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions, is key to addressing some of our global challenges and helping professionals and organizations achieve long-term profitability and success.

You will explore the challenges of ESG factors within the context of investment decision-making, as well as their effect on asset pricing and portfolio management models. Using data, you will learn to assess the impact of an investment and examine the role of ESG in debt, novel fixed-income products, and private equity investments.

This course on Sustainable Investing will equip you with the insights, frameworks, and skills to evaluate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and measure and manage impact resulting from investments.

You will explore the evolving sustainable investing landscape, understand how to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions, gain insights into climate risk and how to incorporate those implications into financial models, and develop your own perspective on the interaction of investing and impact.

The Sustainable Investing programme focuses primarily on equipping you to make (more) informed analyses and decisions when investing in sustainable assets and products.

This course is a logical follow-up of (B24) "Financing Models for a Sustainable World".

Day to Day Documents

B21 Day-to-day Sustainable Investing.pdf

Target audience

The programme is intended for students in banking, accounting and finance of advanced bachelor or at master level, and for those interested in becoming investment professionals, finance advisors, consultants, and business and non-profit leaders. This course is open to students.  

If you have no or a limited background in finance or banking, we advise you to first take part in the five-day course ‘Introduction to Finance and Banking’ and then take this course as a follow-on.

In all cases, a good command of English is necessary.

Aim of the course

In short, you will learn how to:

  • Explore the evolving sustainable investing landscape
  • Understand how to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions
  • Gain frameworks and analytical tools which support future financial decisions that serve clients’ or organizations' goals and objectives
  • Apply frameworks to measure and monitor sustainable investment opportunities
  • Learn how to evaluate, measure, and manage sustainable investment opportunities with cutting-edge frameworks, strategies, and techniques
  • Analyze cutting-edge implementation strategies
  • Gain insight into climate risk inherent in investment opportunities
  • Discover how to integrate risks into financial models
  • Think critically about how and where to add value while avoiding 'impact washing'.

Study load

This course represents 53 hours of workload (including lectures, workshops, assignments, project work and company visit).


  • Course fee: €699.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €200
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

The course fee presented applies to all students currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni'.

If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for this fee, please include this in your motivation when applying for this course.

If not, the professional fee of €875 is applicable, and will be invoiced and visible for you in your account once you are accepted to the course.

Please note: if you do not provide proof that you are currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme or a  'Fresh Alumni', we will charge the ‘professional (higher) fee!

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. In that case, do not forget to bring your own bed linen and pillow! In all cases, do bring your own towels, please.