Certificate in ESG Investing Adds to the Skills Landscape in Investment Management


Global certificate awarded by CFA Institute is helping the profession navigate shifting client demands for sustainable ESG Investing

Mumbai, 2 November 2021: CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has seen more than 11,500 global registrations for its Certificate in ESG Investing since inception two years ago, signaling a change in skillsets required in a fast-changing world of sustainable investment management.

Most candidates have come from the UK, where the Certificate was first offered, followed by the US, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, and Singapore with interest growing throughout the globe. Financial institutions such as HSBC Wealth and Personal Banking, AXA Investment Managers and Aegon Asset Management, amongst others, have been some of the largest employers of these candidates as these firms take steps to arm their investment professionals
with a solid understanding of ESG investing.

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Navneet Munot, CFA, Chairman at CFA Society India comments:

“ESG investing has matured, from simple strategies based on exclusionary screening to strategies that integrate ESG in the investment process and involve active engagement with companies on material ESG issues. Investment professionals, whether they are dedicated ESG specialists, or portfolio managers conducting ESG analysis, need to possess a body of knowledge to navigate this rapidly evolving field. CFA Institute’s ESG certificate, with its
comprehensive and global curriculum certainly fits the need.”

Vidhu Shekhar, CFA, Country Head, India at CFA Institute comments:

“Global sustainable investments are growing rapidly and reached $35 trillion or 36% of the total assets under management in 2020. 1 In India, almost all sustainable investment products have been launched in the last two years, highlighting its tremendous growth potential. In many ways, we are moving from sustainable investing as a good thematic idea to a reality that has implications for all investment portfolios. This recognition is fuelling demand for ESG
expertise, but supply lags demand by a great extent. 2 The CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing offers candidates both practical application and technical knowledge in the fast- the growing field of ESG investing — and an opportunity to accelerate career progress and demonstrate purpose. “

The Certificate, which was first launched by the CFA Society of the United Kingdom, is now under the auspices of the CFA Institute and is available to candidates in most markets globally. The certificate is also now available for investment firms to make bulk registrations for their employees, making it more convenient and practical for both companies and individuals. In the run-up to COP26, CFA Institute is continuing to raise awareness for the need to upskill investment professionals in order to meet client demand and advocate for clear and consistent data in order for the sector to play its part in the transition to a more sustainable world. During the week of COP26, CFA Institute has partnered with the City of London Corporation and Green Finance Institute and will host a panel discussion on Skills, Capacity, and Data at the Green Horizon Summit on Finance Day, 3 November. Panelists will include Dr. Ben Caldecott, Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and Lombard Odier Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow; Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive of Impact Investing Institute; and Will Goodhart, Chief Executive of CFA Society of the UK. CFA Institute President and CEO Margaret Franklin, CFA, will also host a fireside chat with Kate Hampton, CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation on 2 November. To register your interest, please visit:

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About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economics grow. There are more than 175,000 CFA chart holders worldwide in
more than 160 markets. CFA Institute has nine offices worldwide and there are 160 local societies. Visit www.cfainstitute.org or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter at @CFAInstitute.

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