Introduction to sustainable finance for directors

You will learn about the sustainable finance ecosystem and the financing of energy transition and social impact projects. You will analyse sustainable financing trends and understand the different financial instruments and sustainable finance market players to create sustainable investment strategies and learn the importance of environmental, climate, social and governance risks.

  • Finance
  • sustainability
  • social impact
Next edition
Classes start
22 February, 2021
Program ends
24 February, 2021
from 4 pm to 8 pm. Total length of the course: 12 h
900 €

Are your finances adapted to the energy transition and social impact?

The inclusion of sustainability criteria in the evaluation and selection of investments in financial markets has been gaining in importance in recent years. In particular, the inclusion of criteria related to climate change and the social impact of investments.

The opportunities and risks arising in today’s changing business world are leading to greater interest in aspects related to the environmental and social impact of companies.

Today, many companies are adapting their strategy and operations to help guarantee the achievement of economic, social and environmental sustainability goals. In this regard, finances are a key factor in ensuring the success of this organizational transformation process.

Why choose this program


A practical approach to learning

Theoretical knowledge is complemented by active methodologies including the case study method, group discussions and presentations, all of which facilitate improvement and interaction between participants.


Executive training

Spread over three afternoon sessions, enabling you to gain in-depth knowledge about sustainable finance without neglecting your professional obligations.


High-level networking

Grow your network of professional contacts with high level executives.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at professionals from companies and organizations in the public and private sector and civil society interested in learning how sustainable finance can transform the way the economy works. The course is suitable for introductory level learners, but may also be of interest to learners with prior knowledge and experience in the field of sustainable finance.

Admission and enrolment


This Executive Education Course in Introduction to sustainable finance for directors combines lecturer presentations with student participation.

It takes a theoretical-practical approach, to facilitate learning, make it fun and encourage participant interaction, student-to-student and student-to-lecturer.

Sustainable finance basics

Sustainable finance and international agreements
Incorporation of sustainability into organizations and the financial market
Introduction to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Risk Management

Green Finance

The economy’s energy transition
Introduction to the green finance market
Instruments for financing investments in energy innovation projects (green bonds loans, project finance, etc.)

Inclusive finance and impact investing

Principles of socially responsible investments
Inclusive finance and impact investing ecosystem
Instruments for financing investments with social impact (microcredits, impact risk capital, impact bonds, etc.)

Qualification obtained

Upon passing the Executive Education Course in Introduction to sustainable finance for directors, you will receive an official certificate from UPF Barcelona School of Management endorsed by the prestigious Pompeu Fabra University, the top ranked university in Spain and Latin America (Times Higher Education Ranking 2020).


Academic directors

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Vice Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer at UPF Barcelona School of Management
Associate Professor BSM


The Executive Education courses combine content that is key for any professional currently employed in or seeking a managerial role, with activities aimed at putting the acquired knowledge into practice.


Collaborative learning and real case studies

The diversity of student profiles enriches learning through a shared and interdisciplinary perspective. An integrative learning approach is used in the classroom, in which the active participation of all students is promoted in the form of dialogue and exchange of ideas for the resolution of various real case studies.


Practical approach

The program has a theoretical base, taught by lecturers, complemented with practical experience acquired in class through real business case studies.


Executive vision

We take full advantage of the time available, concentrating valuable learning within a few hours, in accordance with the demands of our participants, who hold positions of great responsibility in important companies.


Evaluation consists of following the sessions and practical case studies worked on in class.


The On-Campus&Live methodology allows you to follow the program in person and also remotely.

In this modality, two stable subgroups are opened that will coexist throughout the course: one face-to-face and the other with 100% remote students. The remote students will follow the program in a synchronous way with the face-to-face students. That is, they will share the same school calendar and schedule as the face-to-face students.

Personalized, interdisciplinary, and based on management as a practical resource for bringing ideas to life.

Professional Future

Executive Education training combines fundamental content for any professional currently employed in or seeking a managerial role, with activities aimed at putting the acquired knowledge into practice.

Student profile

The Executive Education Course participant ecosystem is made up of professionals with a relevant career history. 

The diversity of profiles and sectors represented in Executive training at UPF-BSM contributes added value to the learning experience. It consists of directors, CEOs, managers, executives, entrepreneurs, consultants and heads of teams, areas and departments.


Average age


Average years of professional experience

Career opportunities

This Executive Education program will provide you with the necessary knowledge to exercise executive and Director/Management functions.

  • CEO, Board of Directors or General Management of companies and organizations of any kind.
  • Team or Department manager.
  • Strategic consultant.
  • Management positions in functional areas related to finance, sustainability, CSR, etc.
  • Entrepreneur with your own project, thanks to the broad business vision provided to ensure its success.
  • Intrapreneur: entrepreneur of projects within your organization.

Admission and enrolment

The admission and enrolment process for this course consists of a few simple steps.

Who can apply?

Our Executive Education Courses are aimed at professionals in or seeking management positions and looking to acquire or recycle essential knowledge for their executive professional development.

How to apply?

To enrol in this program, you must read and accept the Contract Terms and Conditions and fill in the registration form.

The following steps need to be taken to register for the course:

1. Fill in the admission application form. You will receive a username and password to access the eSecretaría platform.
2. On the platform, upload a scanned copy of your ID (both sides).
3. Go to the "Enrolment" section to pay for the course by credit card or bank transfer.

In certain cases, additional documentation may be requested. 

The application is subject to the availability of places.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

Application for admission
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Introduction to sustainable finance for managers
Modality: Presencial
Language: Spanish

Introduction to sustainable finance for directors