Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance

How can the financial sector contribute, or even speed up, businesses’ transition to long-term value creation within a sustainable economy? If it means combining financial, social and environmental values, what pathways and challenges are there for sustainable investing and lending?

Long-term value creation

The key challenge is to plan for a long term integration of the financial, social and environmental dimensions. The why, what and how of integrated and sustainable finance are addressed in this three-day RSM Executive Education programme. During workshop sessions you will learn practical tools for implementing sustainable investing and lending, and explore the change management issues that put it in motion.

RSM’s world-class academics and leading experts in asset management and banking will show you how social and environmental dimensions can be integrated without sacrificing returns. After the course you will be able to contribute to a financial sector which fulfils its role in society by allocating funds towards sustainable companies and projects.

The Sustainable Finance programme will show you the newest skills and methods for sustainable investing and lending, which you can adopt in your own business.

Learning objectives

During the programme, you will:

  • learn how finance can be used to increase businesses’ contribution to a sustainable economy
  • understand how the global economy is transitioning to sustainability
  • learn how companies and financial institutions can adapt to a more sustainable economic model
  • explore the newest approaches in sustainable investing and lending
  • learn how to engage with companies and set up an active dialogue
  • discover practical tools to implement sustainable investing and lending in your organisation
  • join an international network of academics and practitioners.
  • The course will benefit senior and middle managers in the financial sector looking to extend their knowledge of sustainability; asset managers, bankers and sustainability managers.

  • The Sustainable Finance programme is led by Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker, Dr Willem Schramade and Dr Karen Maas.

    Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker
    Dirk Schoenmaker is a professor of banking and finance at RSM, and a fellow at the Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel. He promotes new, integrated thinking of all players in the financial system, including central banks, supervisors, asset managers, analysts, lenders and auditors. He is the author of the second book in RSM’s Series on Positive Change, A Framework for Positive Finance, and co-author of the first textbook on sustainable finance Principles of Sustainable Finance (Oxford University Press). His research and teaching aim to incorporate sustainability into mainstream finance. Dirk obtained his PhD from London School of Economics.

    Dr Willem Schramade
    Willem Schramade is a guest researcher at RSM and a portfolio manager for impact investing and sustainable equities at NN Investment Partners. His fund aims to generate both a financial and a societal return. Previously, he was an equity analyst at Robeco, specialising in sustainability and valuation and held positions at GE and PwC. Willem teaches a sustainable finance course at RSM, where he obtained his PhD in corporate finance in 2006.

    Dr Karen Maas
    Karen Maas is the director of Impact Centre Erasmus, a research institute that focuses on impact management and measurement. Her focus areas are sustainability, performance measurement and impact investing. Karen is also responsible for the executive CSR programme at the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance. She is a member of the Sustainable Finance Lab and the Pension Investment Lab. Her work has been published in academic journals and books, on radio and in newspapers.

  • "There are interesting lecturers and guest lecturers, and the programme is full of insights. It is a small-scale set-up in which interaction between speakers and students is very much encouraged, and the topic is explained well from several angles. I have been involved with this topic for a little while already, but the programme provided me with more in-depth knowledge about sustainable finance, and gave me more insights into the issues that professionals in the financial sector encounter in practice. I learned what is already happening in the sector, and what additional actions governments can take to influence activities in the sector." 
    Jasper Timmermans, co-ordinating policy advisor, Ministry of Finance, the Netherlands

    "The investment decisions of today shape our future. We have a choice. Do we maximise short-term returns, or create long-term sustainable value? It is becoming increasingly clear that society is reaching ecological and social boundaries, and that we can only prosper if we respect these boundaries. Erasmus University’s Sustainable Finance programme provides investors and financiers with the tools to make the right decisions, now and in the future.”
    Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment officer, PGGM

  • Dates

    11 - 13 November 2019 > Apply now


    € 3,000 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM, and for members of the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation. More information about the discount.

    General terms and conditions

    Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


    The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

    Hotel accommodation

    We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

  • The programme Sustainable Finance runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register.