4005137: Sustainable investments

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Semester:WS 15/16
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Self-directed study time:33.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Banking and Financial Management (01.10.2008)


"Sustainable Investments":

  • Definition and forms of sustainable investments
  • Legal framework and advantages/disadvantages
  • Market and performance overview
  • Outlook and trends on the sustainable investment market

Introduction "yourSRI":

Overuse of resources, increasing shortages of food, climate change, environmental pollution as well as numerous high-profile corporate governance scandals are examples that unsustainable economic activities constitute a threat to the well-being of humanity. As a consequence, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues attract wider attention and gain a credible place on the agenda of politicians, business leaders as well as investors.

However, in order to gain further attention and to become an integral part of the thinking, decision-making and actions taken by the next generation of business leaders, more efforts are needed. Educational institutions have to intensify their efforts to convey sustainable and responsible values in research and education.

Therefore, the European Education Initiative (EEI) was initiated in 2012. Today EEI supports more than 13 European Universities and Associations to get comprehensive access to the world of sustainable and responsible management and investment. EEI empowers universities to strengthen their capacity in those areas by providing access to specific information, lecture materials as well as helping supervising scientific papers, like Bachelor or Master Theses.

Learning Outcomes

"Sustainable Investments":

This lecture covers the rapidly growing market of sustainable investments and prepares students to be able to differentiate and measure them with the appropriate tools. Furthermore they are aware of the legal framework and have a broad knowledge about the players and strategies on the market and recognize trends and outlook. In detail students get familiar with socially responsible investments in general based on the UN Global Compact, receive an introduction to rating agencies and carbon markets and overview recent academic research in that field.

"Introduction yourSRI":

With this lecture participants receive an introduction into the use of “yourSRI”, the worldwide leading database on ESG, sustainability, real investment projects and products and financial data. Participants receive access to the database free of charge. Students could use the database for their thesis project or seminar papers.



List of readings will follow shortly.


Lecture slides, exercises, sample questions will be available on Moodle

Exam Modalities

  • Written examination 70% (Sustainable Investments, Private Insurance)


01.10.201513:00 - 16:30S4
29.10.201513:00 - 16:30S4
10.12.201509:00 - 12:15H3