General overview

The financial services sector supports individuals, SMEs, large companies, and policymakers. As such, it is arguably the most important sector when it comes to sustainability. 

This Masterclass introduces the fundamental principles of sustainable development and its importance.  It examines the relationship between sustainability, resilience, and business growth. Through different perspectives on sustainable finance and discussions around the emerging business models and what impact they have on the financial sector, it will explore how transformational change to sustainability can be delivered.

The Masterclass also sheds light on key national and international developments related to climate change, specifically the net zero movement, and it provides an overview of key initiatives within the United Nations (UNEP FI, SDGs, UNFCCC, UNCTAD, etc.), focusing on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From governance to risk management: we will discuss how to incorporate ESG risks into a risk appetite framework.

What will you get out of this Masterclass?

  • You will learn about the key concepts of sustainability and their role in future economic growth and development
  • You will be able to identify business risks and opportunities related to sustainability and their impact on long-term business success and viability
  • You will be able to describe the key international institutions and agreements that affect sustainable development
  • You will understand the impact of the linear economy on the triple bottom line (people, profit, planet) and how a circular economy can change this. 
  • You will be able to explain the concept of net zero and describe how the financial sector contributes to the net zero transition
  • You will be able to explain the problem while creating sustainable corporate action and describe how to convert ideas and vision into actions that can be successfully implemented
  • You will gain an overview of theories on creating sustainable behavioral change and describe how to overcome resistance
  • You will understand how these seemingly disparate topics are interconnected and use this understanding to develop an action plan
  • Practical solutions ready to be implemented in everyday business
  • Global peer collaboration and networking
  • Certificate of completion             

Who is this Masterclass for?

  • There is no formal prerequisite. The participants can be executives, managers, experts, specialists 


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Vera Spender Koubek
Vera Spender Koubek LIBF
Visiting Professor
Emmanuel Rondeau
Emmanuel Rondeau La Banque Postale
Consultant, Non-Executive Director, Risk & Ethics


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Practical information


08 December - 10 December 2021 


3-hour long sessions on each of the 3 days 
  • starts at 10:00 CET / 13:00 Dubai time / 17:00 Singapore time 


Online platform 
  • MS Teams


For Efma member institutions - €900
For non-member institutions - €1,350


Ticket: Sustainable Finance

  • €900 for Members
  • €1,350 for Non-members
Any questions?
Rastislav Križan
Rastislav Križan Efma
Events & Efma Business Academy Coordinator

What people say about the initiative

Very engaging and well-organized despite the virtual setting.
Chap Kar Hin SVP, Sales Performance & SME Banking Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad
Efma International Masterclass is far from conventional training with its participants and organization. Together with professionals from all around the world, it provides a vision both on the subject and on the countries/sectors of the participants. Thus, in addition to receiving training, it also offers you a wide networking chance 
M. Alper Aydın, PMP Business Architecture Manager Ziraat Bankasi