Green FinTech Innovations

Learn more about ESG criteria in the financial services industry and how they relate to investment decision-making

About the course

Discover the power of ESG criteria in the financial services industry with out expert Geilan Malet-Bates! In this course, you’ll learn how environmental, social, and governance factors can impact investment decision-making and shape the future of the industry.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to make informed, sustainable investment decisions. With a focus on real-world examples and case studies, you’ll learn how to integrate ESG criteria into your investment strategy and make a positive impact on the world.

Join us for our course now to get an understanding of the use of financial technology to support and promote sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices.

Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 55mins

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With this online course, you will:

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ESG

Sustainability

Green Finance

Investment Decision-Making

Climate Change

The expert you’ll be learning from

Geilan Malet-Bates

Chair of The Green FinTech Forum P27

Geilan is the Chair of the P27 Green FinTech Forum and a regular contributor to green finance debates and consultations. Geilan joined Morgan Stanley’s capital markets division 20 years ago where she managed institutional client relations in Europe. She then went on to advise global fintechs on strategy and business development. In 2018, Geilan co-founded Plenitude, an ESG-focused digital wealth and pensions manager. She led Plenitude’s acceptance into the FCA’s Green FinTech Challenge and the company’s graduation from the Zurich-based F10 FinTech Accelerator. In 2020, Geilan was included in the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist. Geilan also sits on the IOD National Sustainability TaskForce and is the Co-Editor of a pending book on Green Finance and Fintech. Geilan is a UCL and Bocconi alumna who is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Italian.

Course Content

Geilan Malet-Bates, Chair of the Green FinTech Forum P27, discusses the importance of ESG criteria in the financial services industry and how they relate to investment decision-making.
Geilan begins by explaining that ESG criteria are based on global reporting standards and are used by investors in different ways depending on their beliefs. She breaks down each of the three components of ESG – environmental, social, and governance – to provide a better understanding of their meaning and significance. The perception of a company’s commitment to ESG criteria can impact its chances of success and financial returns.
In this chapter, we will discuss the various factors that influence the adoption of ESG practices in the financial services industry. We will begin by examining the role of government and regulation in shaping the sustainability landscape. We will then look at the differing perspectives on sustainability in different parts of the world, and how cultural and economic factors can impact the prioritisation of ESG issues. Finally, we will discuss the challenges posed by corporate lobbying and the need for transparent and science-based decision making in the development of sustainability frameworks and regulations.
In conclusion, the adoption of ESG practices in the financial services industry is shaped by a complex interplay of political, economic, societal, technological, and legal factors. Ultimately, the integration of ESG criteria into investment decision-making has the potential to not only drive positive environmental and social outcomes, but also to enhance financial performance and stability in the long term.

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