This course gives participants an introduction on the definitions of sustainability and ESG, sustainability considerations in standard models of financial markets, the role of ethical decision making, systemic risks.

Target audience

The course is designed for practitioners in banking, finance and investment who are interested in the concepts and theoretical framework of sustainability and its relevance in finance, as well as to understand how financial innovations challenge the sustainability of the financial system.


Participants have a graduate degree and several years of working experience. The course language is English.


This one-day course allows participants to gain a basic understanding of the foundations of sustainability and finance.

Course director

Dr. Annette Krauss, Center for Sustainable Finance & Private Wealth, University of Zurich


Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval Chair in Political Philosophy UZH
Prof. Dr. Marc Chesney Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Dr. Annette Krauss Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Prof. Dr. Philipp Krüger University of Geneva
Dr. Julia Meyer Department of Banking and Finance UZH
Silvia Ruprecht-Martignoli FOEN Climate Policy


Active classroom attendance and assessment


Attestation of participation (1 ECTS).
The credits can be transferred to the CAS in Sustainable Finance executive degree program or to the MAS/DAS in Finance.


Lecture (attendance required)

Place & Date

Event Date Place
Lecture March 5, 2020 Zurich

Application deadline: February 20, 2020


CHF 800.- tuition. Tuition covers all materials and breaks. 

Travel and accommodation are not included.