Certified Sustainability Banking Professional


Program Objectives

  • Learn about the history and evolution of Sustainability
  • Understand the principles of sustainable banking
  • Improve your appreciation of the role of banking in society
  • Understand the importance of sustainable banking to banks and wider society
  • Learn about the direct and indirect impacts of banking services
  • Understand the foundational elements that need to be in place to foster a high performance and sustainable organization.
  • Ensure appropriate level of skill is reached to perform sustainable banking roles.

Course Modules

Introduction to Principles of Sustainable Development

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Principles and Pillars of Sustainability
  • The Concept of Sustainable Banking
  • How Conventional Banks Currently see Sustainable Banking
  • The Role of Banks in Sustainable Development the Business Case for Sustainability Vs. The Sustainability Case for Business

History of Sustainability in Business Management

  • UN Conventions and Charters on Environmental and Social issues, MDGs, SDGs, etc.
  • Financial Sustainability Initiatives
  • UN Global Compact (UNGC)
  • UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
  • Equator Principles
  • IFC Performance Standards
  • African Development Bank – Guidelines on Sustainable Banking v Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • Global Reporting Initiatives – Financial Sector (Sustainability Reporting)
  • Global Impact Investing National (NNIN)
  • Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP))

Sustainable Business of Banking (Products and Services)

  • Value Creation and Sustainable Banking Products
  • Green/Responsible investments
  • Social Finance
  • Impact Lending
  • Financial Inclusion Products
  • Women Empowerment Products
  • Carbon Finance/trading

Direct Environmental and Social Impacts of Banking Services

  • Types of Impacts – Direct and Indirect Impacts of Banking
  • Direct Environmental Impact from internal operations (Paper, Energy consumptions, greenhouse gas emissions, e-wastes, solid wastes, etc
  • Direct Social Impact from internal operations (human rights, labour practices, grievance mechanisms, anti-corruption, whistle blowing, Health and Safety, Social Investments/CSR, etc)
  • How to minimize and mitigate environmental and social footprints in internal operations
  • How to measure and monitor environmental and social footprints in internal operations

Indirect Environmental and Social Impact of Banking Services

  • E and S Risks in Credit/Lending Activities
  • Key Risk Factors
  • Key Risk Sectors
  • How to identify, measure and manage E and S Risks in Credit and investment transactions (E and S Risk Categorization, Due Diligence, Corrective Action Plan, etc)
  • How to Monitor Customers’ E and S practices and compliance with agreed Corrective Action Plan
  • Benefits of effective E and S Risk Management

Environmental and Social Risks in the Supply Chain

  • How to identify, measure and manage E and S Risks in the Supply Chain
  • E and S conditions in Contract Documents
  • Code of Conduct for Suppliers and Contractors
  • Effective Monitoring and Sanctions