UN SDSN ESG: Professional program in ESG, SDGs and Sustainable Finance
UN SDSN ESG Certificate
The professional program in ESG, SDGs and Sustainable Finance, from the Athens University of Economics and Business, in collaboration with PwC Greece, under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) starts on 23 Junuary 2023!
It brings along the scientific eminence of academic staff of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), the business experience and know-how of the leading consulting company in Greece with a robust and multifaceted record focusing on Sustainable Development, PwC Greece, as well as the world-wide leading academic network of Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aephoria (AE4RIA) and ReSEES Laboratory at AUEB, and the largest international university network (approximately 1800 university institutions worldwide) working on Sustainable development solution under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).
The dynamic cooperation of the Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning Center of AUEB with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) and the AUEB Research laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) and the Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aephoria (AE4RIA), coupled with the support from PwC Greece, provides the basic theoretic and applied background, as well as decision making tools, to enable decision makers to respond to the swathe of sustainability-related regulations and standards that the business and financial community must comply with.
Governments, regulators and standards setters around the world have reacted to the increased urgency for business and finance to tackle climate change, biodiversity collapse and general unsustainable growth practices, by introducing a numerous regulations and standards that the business community must comply with. Mandatory reporting creates structure and detail around what companies must report however, the current flux in the market is leaving many practitioners with a set of new challenges in creating coherent and consistent reporting to fit the needs of their stakeholders.
The course provides all the necessary knowledge and tools for the holistic understanding of the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the incorporation of the Environmental, Social and Governance criteria (ESG) and Sustainable Finance principles in daily business conduct.
The course is directed by Phoebe Koundouri, Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, faculty of Economic Studies, director of the AUEB Research laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) and Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Professor Koundouri is also the scientific director of the Sustainable Development Unit at the "Athena" Research Centre, President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). She is the chair of the SDSN Global Climate Hub and co-chair of SDSN Europe and SDSN Greece and a member of the Nomination Committee for the Nobel Prize in Economics, fellow and trustee of the World Academy of Arts and Science. She has a broad global experience in consulting governments, financial institutions, and private enterprises regarding their transition to sustainability.