CFA Society Launches CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing

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The Certificate in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Investing is now available for candidates in Sri Lanka, according to the CFA Society Sri Lanka.

The Global Certificate is awarded by the CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, to help the profession manage changing client demands for sustainable investing.

The training program represents a new global qualification for ESG in investment management. It aims to enhance market integrity by providing the benchmark knowledge and skills required by investment professionals to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process.

With 68% of institutional investors and 76% of retail investors in Asia-Pacific declaring an interest in ESG investing, according to a recent CFA Institute survey, the ESG Investment Certificate will enable the industry to evolve by placing practices at the forefront of investment. considerations, ultimately contributing to a more holistic financial analysis.

The Certificate in ESG Investment is designed to meet the needs of practitioners in investment roles who want to learn how to analyze and integrate material ESG factors into their daily investment analysis practice. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of ESG issues in functions such as sales and distribution, wealth management, product development, financial advice, advisory and risk.

CFA, President of CFA Society Sri Lanka, Dinesh Warusavitharana, said: “We are seeing a real acceleration in interest in ESG investing – a major development that will shape the future of finance – as demand increases of clients and investment management companies has fueled the need for education.

This certificate will equip practitioners with fundamental knowledge and skills and enable them to better meet the needs of their clients and help build trust within the industry.

Securities Exchange Commission Chairman Viraj Dayaratne said, “We are seeing a clear trend emerging from capital markets regarding the adoption of ESG. Many are looking for investments that support investments that are more broadly aligned with ESG principles. The CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing aims to enhance the skills of capital market participants as they respond to client demands. The general curriculum provides a solid foundation for understanding these concepts while instilling the ability to sift through disclosures quickly and effectively.

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Chairman Dilshan Wirasekara said: “Establishing a strong group of individuals with ESG investments and broader ESG know-how in Sri Lanka is an important step in driving ESG-related market development activities, whether in the form of attracting investment, introducing new products, encouraging ESG reporting, etc. The ESG Investment Certificate certainly provides a formal opportunity for individuals to gain knowledge in this area and the CSE welcomes the launch of the certificate in Sri Lanka.

CEO of CFA Society Sri Lanka, Aruna Alwis, said: “The certificate is a self-study course requiring around 130 hours of study, culminating in a computer-based exam comprising 100 questions in a supervised test center or via online proctored tests, where applicable. and/or permitted by local regulations. »

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