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?

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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.

Partners in sustainable finance

RSM Executive Education’s Sustainable Finance programme is offered in partnership with the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation. The platform is committed to developing new insights in sustainable development through research and education, and works in close collaboration with leading sustainable finance players in the industry and academia.

  • 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.

  • During the Sustainable Finance Programme you will learn from Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker, Dr Willem Schramade and Dr Karen Maas. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

    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 wrote A framework for positive finance, and co-wrote the first textbook on sustainable finance Principles of sustainable finance. His research and teaching aim to incorporate sustainability into mainstream finance. His research topics include sustainable finance, central banking, financial supervision and stability, and European banking. Dirk obtained his PhD in economics from London School of Economics.

    Prof. Willem Schramade
    Willem Schramade is a guest researcher and teacher of sustainable finance courses at RSM, and is founder of The Sustainable Finance Factory consultancy. He specialises in integrating sustainability and societal impact into finance, valuation and investments by helping financial professionals to think further than the short term, and gives them the tools to integrate sustainability into their financial analyses. He also built the Global Equity Impact Opportunities fund at NN Investment Partners which generated financial and societal returns. He was an equity analyst at Robeco, and has held positions at GE and PwC. He is a co-author of Principles of Sustainable Finance with Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker.

    Prof. Karen Maas
    Karen Maas is professor of accounting and sustainability in the department of finance and accounting at the Open University, which is based in the UK. Karen is also academic director of Impact Centre Erasmus, a research institute in Rotterdam that focuses on impact strategy and management. Her focuses are sustainability, measuring performance and impact investing. Karen is also responsible for the executive Corporate Social Responsibility programme at the Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance. She is a member of the Sustainable Finance Lab and the Sustainable 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

    19 - 21 April 2022 > Apply now
    7 - 9 November 2022 > Apply now


    € 3,300 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, and lunches and snacks if applicable. These fees do not include hotel accommodation.
    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM, and for (corporate) partners of the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation. More information about the alumni discountView the platform's current list of (corporate) partners to see if you are eligible for the 10% 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.