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Topic Overview

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) has gained a tremendous amount of traction in the world of finance. This is due in large part to financial services firms and institutional investors thinking differently about sustainability concepts, and as a result, becoming increasingly selective around how and where they allocate capital. Read more
Our 100-percent online courses are completely self-paced and taught by leading instructors using proprietary technology to help you learn and retain each key concept. CFI’s courses combine theory with practice to provide a comprehensive understanding of ESG using real-world context.

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Focusing on finance only, CFI offers courses for beginners and students through to seasoned finance professionals. From Introduction to ESG to advanced ESG Integration & Financial Analysis, our courses build on the principles of ESG with a combination of theory and practical application to understand the full scope of ESG investing and strategy.

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Why Learn ESG with CFI?

As a leading provider of online financial analyst certification programs, CFI delivers finance-focused training and skill development. Our courses are designed with professional Wall Street trainers who have been teaching classes for new hires at global investment banks for over 20 years, as well as innovative designers, proprietary technologies, and leading instructors.

We’re proud to offer the best financial education using a combination of theory, application, and intuition in condensed, self-paced programs. Take courses anytime, anywhere to learn on-the-job aspects of ESG in the real world.

With our ESG courses, you can discover:

The fundamentals of ESG and how the framework can be used to assess a company’s overall management of risks and opportunities
How ESG factors converge to impact business and stakeholders
How to consider corporate pressures and stakeholder expectations
Key considerations from both the company and investor perspectives
The attributes of high-quality ESG disclosures
How to prepare and position ESG disclosures to meet requirements from investors, policymakers, customers, and rating agencies

Who should take ESG courses?

The ESG course topics are perfect for investment professionals, management consultants, and financial analysts of all types, as ESG is increasingly important to help finance professionals understand how a company manages risks and opportunities created by market and non-market shifts.

Investment professionals

Management consultants

Financial analysts

Registered Provider: National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

All courses are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US. Most courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders.

Courses include video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments.

Frequently asked questions

What is ESG?
ESG stands for “environmental, social, and governance,” which is a framework to understand the extent to which organizations are operating in a sustainable manner, including environmental stewardship, social factors that consider how companies treat employees and customers, and governance factors related to how a company is managed and operated. Some of these include carbon emissions, green energy initiatives, corporate culture policies, fair labor practices, and diversity of board members.
What is ESG Investing?
ESG, or environmental, social, and governance investing, is a way to build a more ethical and sustainable portfolio. Capital providers and investors are becoming increasingly interested in sustainability, and ESG considers non-financial factors that assess an investment or company’s sustainability. Aside from having a more sustainable portfolio, ESG investments may even outperform conventional portfolios while demonstrating lower risk.
What is the ESG Disclosure?
ESG disclosures, also known as ESG reporting, sustainability reporting, or corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, refer to the disclosure of data relating to the environmental, social, and governance performance of an organization. These disclosures allow investors to assess organizations and make informed decisions about their sustainability or ESG measures. While not every jurisdiction has rules on ESG disclosures, the corporate landscape is moving toward transparency and the expectation of disclosures is only likely to grow.
Why is ESG Important?
Whether looking through the lens of an investor or a corporate, no matter the size, clear ESG disclosure and reporting practices have become table stakes. In the wake of the pandemic and ongoing climate change concerns, ESG has taken on greater significance and companies are taking a more active role in building a sustainable and resilient future. As ESG grows and evolves, more investors are looking to incorporate ESG factors into their capital allocation decisions.
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