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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Sustainable Finance Foundations




Online, asynchronous.

Learning time

Self-paced, typically 6-8 hours.


£139 + VAT, discount available for bulk purchase.

Key learning

Learners create a personal action plan to contribute to the necessary change in their organisation or sphere of influence.

Who is this course for?

  • Those in the finance sector are looking to start their sustainability journey, refresh their understanding with the latest knowledge and deliver impact within and beyond their business.

  • Organisations looking to build a foundational understanding of sustainable finance in specific teams or across their organisation.

  • Individual or small-groups of learners looking to build their understanding of sustainable finance.

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This online course is designed for those working across banking, investment, and insurance who are looking to understand the risks of the global sustainability crisis and identify the opportunities for a sustainable transition in the finance sector. The course provides crucial foundational sustainability knowledge and supports professional development, decision making and strategic planning for financial institutions seeking to embed impact and sustainability risk mitigation into their practice.


This course enables learners to

  • Build their understanding of global pressures and trends, their commercial implications, and why business as usual is no longer viable. 

  • Evaluate the role of business in society and explore what leading practice looks like within financial institutions and the future direction of travel. 

  • Assess how financial institutions can support the transition to a more sustainable economy and compare their practical actions on ESG and sustainability. 

  • Create a personal action plan to contribute to the necessary change in their organisation or sphere of influence. 


Topics include

  • Sustainable finance challenges: Global pressures and trends. 

  • The impact of financial institutions: Commercial risks and opportunities. 

  • Reevaluating the role of business and finance in society. 

  • Taking action: How financial institutions transition to a sustainable economy. 

  • Your personal action plan: How to drive sustainability in your organisation. 

Course launch

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Sustainable Finance 8-week online course

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about positive change, seeking to unleash transformative change by leading with sustainability-aligned decision-making.

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