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The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management are proud to present the e-learning Master Class on EIB Environmental & Social Sustainability Management!

Frankfurt School's Master Class on EIB Environmental & Social Sustainability Management is a comprehensive qualification for practitioners in financial intermediaries, loan officers, risk managers or other interested persons. It prepares you for the challenge of serving your clients in changing and increasingly competitive environments, while considering social and environmental risks in your operations. Further Information is also available on www.eib.org

What Do We Offer?

  • An interactive e-learning course including video lectures, PDF scripts, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
  • A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with your classmates and tutors.
  • Personalized support from your FSDF e-Campus Team.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for practitioners in financial intermediaries, loan officers, risk managers or other interested persons. It prepares you for the challenge of serving your clients in changing and increasingly competitive environments, while considering social and environmental risks in your operations.

Workload

The course takes 3 months assuming 5-7 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 4 units which build upon each other. You will take the units in sequence and will need to pass an online test before accessing the next unit.

The last unit includes a case study that has to be submitted on a fixed deadline

Upcon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Confirmation of Course Completion.

Course Details

Course Objectives

The overall learning objective of this course is to familiarise you with international best practices related to Environmental & Social Sustainability Management (ESSM), and in particular to introduce you to ten Environmental and Social Standards of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The EIB encourages and assists its partners to include E&S sustainability issues into their own risk management frameworks. The main learning objectives of the four units that make up this course are as follows:

  • Unit 1 is an introduction to the course topic. Participants will learn why financial institutions increasingly care about social and environmental issues, and how financial institutions can manage environmental and social risks.
  • Unit 2 familiarises course participants with the ten Environmental & Social Standards of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • In Unit 3 course participants will learn how a financial institution can set up and run an Environmental & Social Management System.
  • Unit 4 provides two case studies that will allow course participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge on ESSM.

Suggestions & Recommendations

This course is designed so that you have the flexibility to decide on the timing and pace of your learning experience. However we will provide you with recommendations for your to take as much as possible from this course.

Your schedule: We will provide you a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as a guideline for your personal learning schedule and will help you complete the programme within the given time frame.

Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise that you use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare for the final exam.

Networking Opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself to your peer participants and to start interest discussions.

Unit 1: Introduction - Environmental & Social Impacts, Risks and Opportunities for FIs

In Unit 1 you will be introduced to the topic. Unit 1 consists of three chapters. The first chapter explains why financial institutions do or should care about environmental and social issues. The second chapter outlines the main social and environmental risks that can affect financial institutions. The last chapter describes how financial institutions can manage environmental and social risks.

Unit 2.1: Introduction

This Unit introduces you to the first Standard of the EIB, "Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Impacts and Risks". After completing this Unit you will be able to outline the main responsibilities of a client related to environmental and social impacts and risks accociated with the operations and explain the requirements of Standard 1 for the client and the Financial Institution.

Unit 2.3: Social Standards

This Unit introduces to the Social Standard of the EIB Environmental and Social Standards Handbook, covering the broad branch of social issues, including cultural heritage, involuntary resettlement, rights and interests of vulnerable groups, labour standards and occupational and public health, safety and security.

Unit 3: Environmental & Social Sustainability Management in Practice

This Unit discusses the policies, procedures and resources that financial institutions use to manage E&S sustainability issues and risks in MSME lending. You will get to know international good practice approaches that will help financial institutions to meet EIB’s requirements at the management system level. You will also receive practical tips and guidance on implementing E&S risk management at the level of individual clients and transactions.

Unit 2: Environmental & Social Risks and Impacts

Unit 2 is the heart of the course. It consists of ten sub-units, each one explaining one of the ten E&S Standards of the EIB.

Unit 2.2: Environmental Standards

This Unit introduces to the Environmental Standards of the EIB Environmental and Social Standards Handbook, on "Pollution Prevention and Abatement", "Biodiversity and Ecosystems" and "Climate Change".

Unit 2.4: Stakeholder Engagement

Special attention will be given on Stakeholder Engagement. This Unit makes you familiar with different stakeholders and their engagement in project planning and implementation.

Unit 4: Case Studies

Unit 4 consists of case studies that allow you to apply your newly acquired knowledge in "real life", taking the perspective from different actors involved in typical FI scenarios.
 

Registration

The online Master Class on EIB Environmental & Social Sustainability Management will be launched in July 2017.

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