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ESG Investment and Finance

Participants

Feedback from participants

My reasons for taking the ESG Summer Programme were several, firstly my interest in environmental issues since I was in primary school. I have always been involved in environmental programmes both at school and in my municipality. Another reason was that the dates of the ESG Summer Programme coincide with the end of the regular exams and that is also why I decided that it was a good time to participate. And the last reason was to broaden my curriculum in social, environmental and governance issues with a programme promoted by the university that also dealt with all these areas from a financial perspective, a topic that is very interesting to me as I am studying Business Administration and Management.

It was a different experience at the university, with new colleagues and different professors every day. Very important people who came to dedicate two hours of their day to tell us about their experience, or one of the studies they had carried out. The highlight of the programme was attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit. There we met with many of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Biscay who attended talks given by ESG finance professionals from the political, educational and even ecclesiastical worlds. Therefore, my assessment is positive. It was a week where I learned a lot about ESG criteria and how all stakeholders (government, investment funds, education, companies from various sectors) are involved in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

It can help me to realise the importance of applying ESG criteria in decision making to minimise risks and increase long-term profitability. As we live in a society where more and more customers and suppliers choose which company to collaborate with based on whether they are focused on sustainability and social responsibility or not.

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Leire Rodríguez_ESG

My reasons for taking the ESG Summer Programme were several, firstly my interest in environmental issues since I was in primary school. I have always been involved in environmental programmes both at school and in my municipality. Another reason was that the dates of the ESG Summer Programme coincide with the end of the regular exams and that is also why I decided that it was a good time to participate. And the last reason was to broaden my curriculum in social, environmental and governance issues with a programme promoted by the university that also dealt with all these areas from a financial perspective, a topic that is very interesting to me as I am studying Business Administration and Management.

It was a different experience at the university, with new colleagues and different professors every day. Very important people who came to dedicate two hours of their day to tell us about their experience, or one of the studies they had carried out. The highlight of the programme was attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit. There we met with many of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Biscay who attended talks given by ESG finance professionals from the political, educational and even ecclesiastical worlds. Therefore, my assessment is positive. It was a week where I learned a lot about ESG criteria and how all stakeholders (government, investment funds, education, companies from various sectors) are involved in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

It can help me to realise the importance of applying ESG criteria in decision making to minimise risks and increase long-term profitability. As we live in a society where more and more customers and suppliers choose which company to collaborate with based on whether they are focused on sustainability and social responsibility or not.

Leire Rodríguez, ESG Summer Programme 2019 student

 

My goal from the outset was to learn about an area of the financial sector that interested me but which, on my own, I would not fully understand. And I could not think of a better immersion than with international speakers from leading financial institutions in the use of ESG criteria.

I think it is a very complete programme, a real luxury to have it in Bilbao. In addition, the integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment funds and governments. As for the development of the programme, I would like to highlight the clarity and practical application of the sessions.

On the one hand, the programme has helped me to understand what ESG criteria encompass and how they work and why their integration into the investment process is growing at an unstoppable rate. Also, I have discovered that I would like to focus my long-term career in the sustainable investment sector.

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The integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment and governments.

My goal from the outset was to learn about an area of the financial sector that interested me but which, on my own, I would not fully understand. And I could not think of a better immersion than with international speakers from leading financial institutions in the use of ESG criteria.

I think it is a very complete programme, a real luxury to have it in Bilbao. In addition, the integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment funds and governments. As for the development of the programme, I would like to highlight the clarity and practical application of the sessions.

On the one hand, the programme has helped me to understand what ESG criteria encompass and how they work and why their integration into the investment process is growing at an unstoppable rate. Also, I have discovered that I would like to focus my long-term career in the sustainable investment sector.

Diego Castresana, ESG Summer Programme 2017 student

 

I found it interesting to approach finance from a different perspective to the traditional and highly topical one. In addition, I found it enriching to have talks by professionals from large companies such as BlackRock, PwC, Amundi and Iberdrola, speaking to a small group of people.

During the week we had the opportunity to meet ESG ecosystem agents from different companies, getting a global vision from the different perspective of each one of them. On the other hand, we were able to see how companies following ESG criteria were able to reduce their risk exposure, providing stability in their long-term performance. Overall, the sessions were dynamic and interactive, which helped us to reflect on what we had learned.

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies. It has also provided me with a broader vision of the financial world that invites reflection and leaves open a new criterion from which to evaluate the profitability-risk binomial.

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies.

I found it interesting to approach finance from a different perspective to the traditional and highly topical one. In addition, I found it enriching to have talks by professionals from large companies such as BlackRock, PwC, Amundi and Iberdrola, speaking to a small group of people.

During the week we had the opportunity to meet ESG ecosystem agents from different companies, getting a global vision from the different perspective of each one of them. On the other hand, we were able to see how companies following ESG criteria were able to reduce their risk exposure, providing stability in their long-term performance. Overall, the sessions were dynamic and interactive, which helped us to reflect on what we had learned.

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies. It has also provided me with a broader vision of the financial world that invites reflection and leaves open a new criterion from which to evaluate the profitability-risk binomial.

Sofía Burguillo, ESG Summer Programme 2017 student

 

ESG criteria are very important for the business world, as companies are increasingly adopting a more human and social approach to their business development, as it is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but also about creating wealth and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company. This is due to the increasing importance given by the financial world, as many large fund managers and investors are looking for a safe, risk-free and sustainable economic return in the medium and long term, in addition to the possible restrictions that some types of funds may have when it comes to investing. These restrictions range from the companies in which they invest being both socially and environmentally responsible, to being efficiently run and free from malpractice. Consequences of poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices add a risk component that damages investments and investor confidence, so all three areas need to be monitored.

The ESG Summer Programme provides a theoretical overview of ESG criteria as seen through the eyes of the different actors in the universe (companies, fund managers, governments, ESG rating agencies, etc.), together with practical exercises teaching how to use these criteria when creating an investment portfolio. The celebration of the Biscay ESG Global Summit and the possibility of attending it offered by the course, gives the student an idea of the dimension that this sustainable investment trend is taking on.

The understanding of the ESG universe made me reinforce this field that I was only timidly aware of. On the other hand, attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit gave me an idea of the relevance given by the different actors, especially the fund managers, with many of whom we deal with on a daily or weekly basis in my department. Knowing their concerns or interests, and keeping up to date on them, is a help in my position.

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It is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but about creating wealth in the surrounding area and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company.

ESG criteria are very important for the business world, as companies are increasingly adopting a more human and social approach to their business development, as it is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but also about creating wealth and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company. This is due to the increasing importance given by the financial world, as many large fund managers and investors are looking for a safe, risk-free and sustainable economic return in the medium and long term, in addition to the possible restrictions that some types of funds may have when it comes to investing. These restrictions range from the companies in which they invest being both socially and environmentally responsible, to being efficiently run and free from malpractice. Consequences of poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices add a risk component that damages investments and investor confidence, so all three areas need to be monitored.

The ESG Summer Programme provides a theoretical overview of ESG criteria as seen through the eyes of the different actors in the universe (companies, fund managers, governments, ESG rating agencies, etc.), together with practical exercises teaching how to use these criteria when creating an investment portfolio. The celebration of the Biscay ESG Global Summit and the possibility of attending it offered by the course, gives the student an idea of the dimension that this sustainable investment trend is taking on.

The understanding of the ESG universe made me reinforce this field that I was only timidly aware of. On the other hand, attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit gave me an idea of the relevance given by the different actors, especially the fund managers, with many of whom we deal with on a daily or weekly basis in my department. Knowing their concerns or interests, and keeping up to date on them, is a help in my position.

Ignacio Fernández Sanz, Iberdrola's Investor Relations Department

 

Nowadays it is no longer enough to make your investments financially profitable, but it is necessary to do so in a responsible way. I believe that time will show that less responsible companies will be less profitable. There is still a long way to go, but it seems clear that ESG criteria will have more and more weight in valuations and investment decisions and will therefore become increasingly important in the business models of all companies.

The experience was tremendously positive. Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the main stakeholders in the ESG world at a global level, and in such a close environment, was an unparalleled opportunity. In addition to the speakers, being able to discuss with other professionals attending about the impact of the topic in each of our professions is a very remarkable additional enrichment.

In the fixed income world, it is virtually impossible to live outside of market trends. ESG criteria are giving rise to new figures, new financing instruments and new investment criteria. The Summer Programme was a fantastic basis for me to delve deeper into all these concepts that have become part of my day-to-day life and with which I am now more familiar thanks to the seminar.

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Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the world's leading ESG stakeholders in such a close environment was a unique opportunity.

Nowadays it is no longer enough to make your investments financially profitable, but it is necessary to do so in a responsible way. I believe that time will show that less responsible companies will be less profitable. There is still a long way to go, but it seems clear that ESG criteria will have more and more weight in valuations and investment decisions and will therefore become increasingly important in the business models of all companies.

The experience was tremendously positive. Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the main stakeholders in the ESG world at a global level, and in such a close environment, was an unparalleled opportunity. In addition to the speakers, being able to discuss with other professionals attending about the impact of the topic in each of our professions is a very remarkable additional enrichment.

In the fixed income world, it is virtually impossible to live outside of market trends. ESG criteria are giving rise to new figures, new financing instruments and new investment criteria. The Summer Programme was a fantastic basis for me to delve deeper into all these concepts that have become part of my day-to-day life and with which I am now more familiar thanks to the seminar.

Pablo Castro, Head of Fixed Income Investments and Business - Norbolsa S.V. S.A

 

Participants

Feedback from participants

My reasons for taking the ESG Summer Programme were several, firstly my interest in environmental issues since I was in primary school. I have always been involved in environmental programmes both at school and in my municipality. Another reason was that the dates of the ESG Summer Programme coincide with the end of the regular exams and that is also why I decided that it was a good time to participate. And the last reason was to broaden my curriculum in social, environmental and governance issues with a programme promoted by the university that also dealt with all these areas from a financial perspective, a topic that is very interesting to me as I am studying Business Administration and Management.

It was a different experience at the university, with new colleagues and different professors every day. Very important people who came to dedicate two hours of their day to tell us about their experience, or one of the studies they had carried out. The highlight of the programme was attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit. There we met with many of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Biscay who attended talks given by ESG finance professionals from the political, educational and even ecclesiastical worlds. Therefore, my assessment is positive. It was a week where I learned a lot about ESG criteria and how all stakeholders (government, investment funds, education, companies from various sectors) are involved in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

It can help me to realise the importance of applying ESG criteria in decision making to minimise risks and increase long-term profitability. As we live in a society where more and more customers and suppliers choose which company to collaborate with based on whether they are focused on sustainability and social responsibility or not.

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Leire Rodríguez_ESG

My reasons for taking the ESG Summer Programme were several, firstly my interest in environmental issues since I was in primary school. I have always been involved in environmental programmes both at school and in my municipality. Another reason was that the dates of the ESG Summer Programme coincide with the end of the regular exams and that is also why I decided that it was a good time to participate. And the last reason was to broaden my curriculum in social, environmental and governance issues with a programme promoted by the university that also dealt with all these areas from a financial perspective, a topic that is very interesting to me as I am studying Business Administration and Management.

It was a different experience at the university, with new colleagues and different professors every day. Very important people who came to dedicate two hours of their day to tell us about their experience, or one of the studies they had carried out. The highlight of the programme was attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit. There we met with many of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Biscay who attended talks given by ESG finance professionals from the political, educational and even ecclesiastical worlds. Therefore, my assessment is positive. It was a week where I learned a lot about ESG criteria and how all stakeholders (government, investment funds, education, companies from various sectors) are involved in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

It can help me to realise the importance of applying ESG criteria in decision making to minimise risks and increase long-term profitability. As we live in a society where more and more customers and suppliers choose which company to collaborate with based on whether they are focused on sustainability and social responsibility or not.

Leire Rodríguez, ESG Summer Programme 2019 student

 

My goal from the outset was to learn about an area of the financial sector that interested me but which, on my own, I would not fully understand. And I could not think of a better immersion than with international speakers from leading financial institutions in the use of ESG criteria.

I think it is a very complete programme, a real luxury to have it in Bilbao. In addition, the integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment funds and governments. As for the development of the programme, I would like to highlight the clarity and practical application of the sessions.

On the one hand, the programme has helped me to understand what ESG criteria encompass and how they work and why their integration into the investment process is growing at an unstoppable rate. Also, I have discovered that I would like to focus my long-term career in the sustainable investment sector.

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

The integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment and governments.

My goal from the outset was to learn about an area of the financial sector that interested me but which, on my own, I would not fully understand. And I could not think of a better immersion than with international speakers from leading financial institutions in the use of ESG criteria.

I think it is a very complete programme, a real luxury to have it in Bilbao. In addition, the integration of the Summer Programme with the Summit allowed us to see the role of the actors of the entire ESG ecosystem: companies, rating agencies, investment funds and governments. As for the development of the programme, I would like to highlight the clarity and practical application of the sessions.

On the one hand, the programme has helped me to understand what ESG criteria encompass and how they work and why their integration into the investment process is growing at an unstoppable rate. Also, I have discovered that I would like to focus my long-term career in the sustainable investment sector.

Diego Castresana, ESG Summer Programme 2017 student

 

I found it interesting to approach finance from a different perspective to the traditional and highly topical one. In addition, I found it enriching to have talks by professionals from large companies such as BlackRock, PwC, Amundi and Iberdrola, speaking to a small group of people.

During the week we had the opportunity to meet ESG ecosystem agents from different companies, getting a global vision from the different perspective of each one of them. On the other hand, we were able to see how companies following ESG criteria were able to reduce their risk exposure, providing stability in their long-term performance. Overall, the sessions were dynamic and interactive, which helped us to reflect on what we had learned.

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies. It has also provided me with a broader vision of the financial world that invites reflection and leaves open a new criterion from which to evaluate the profitability-risk binomial.

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies.

I found it interesting to approach finance from a different perspective to the traditional and highly topical one. In addition, I found it enriching to have talks by professionals from large companies such as BlackRock, PwC, Amundi and Iberdrola, speaking to a small group of people.

During the week we had the opportunity to meet ESG ecosystem agents from different companies, getting a global vision from the different perspective of each one of them. On the other hand, we were able to see how companies following ESG criteria were able to reduce their risk exposure, providing stability in their long-term performance. Overall, the sessions were dynamic and interactive, which helped us to reflect on what we had learned.

The ESG Summer Programme has helped me to learn how ethical principles need not only be philanthropy, but also catalysts for better economic performance of companies. It has also provided me with a broader vision of the financial world that invites reflection and leaves open a new criterion from which to evaluate the profitability-risk binomial.

Sofía Burguillo, ESG Summer Programme 2017 student

 

ESG criteria are very important for the business world, as companies are increasingly adopting a more human and social approach to their business development, as it is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but also about creating wealth and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company. This is due to the increasing importance given by the financial world, as many large fund managers and investors are looking for a safe, risk-free and sustainable economic return in the medium and long term, in addition to the possible restrictions that some types of funds may have when it comes to investing. These restrictions range from the companies in which they invest being both socially and environmentally responsible, to being efficiently run and free from malpractice. Consequences of poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices add a risk component that damages investments and investor confidence, so all three areas need to be monitored.

The ESG Summer Programme provides a theoretical overview of ESG criteria as seen through the eyes of the different actors in the universe (companies, fund managers, governments, ESG rating agencies, etc.), together with practical exercises teaching how to use these criteria when creating an investment portfolio. The celebration of the Biscay ESG Global Summit and the possibility of attending it offered by the course, gives the student an idea of the dimension that this sustainable investment trend is taking on.

The understanding of the ESG universe made me reinforce this field that I was only timidly aware of. On the other hand, attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit gave me an idea of the relevance given by the different actors, especially the fund managers, with many of whom we deal with on a daily or weekly basis in my department. Knowing their concerns or interests, and keeping up to date on them, is a help in my position.

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

It is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but about creating wealth in the surrounding area and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company.

ESG criteria are very important for the business world, as companies are increasingly adopting a more human and social approach to their business development, as it is no longer just about short-term economic growth, but also about creating wealth and investing in sustainable business in the long term, which in turn boosts the value of the company. This is due to the increasing importance given by the financial world, as many large fund managers and investors are looking for a safe, risk-free and sustainable economic return in the medium and long term, in addition to the possible restrictions that some types of funds may have when it comes to investing. These restrictions range from the companies in which they invest being both socially and environmentally responsible, to being efficiently run and free from malpractice. Consequences of poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices add a risk component that damages investments and investor confidence, so all three areas need to be monitored.

The ESG Summer Programme provides a theoretical overview of ESG criteria as seen through the eyes of the different actors in the universe (companies, fund managers, governments, ESG rating agencies, etc.), together with practical exercises teaching how to use these criteria when creating an investment portfolio. The celebration of the Biscay ESG Global Summit and the possibility of attending it offered by the course, gives the student an idea of the dimension that this sustainable investment trend is taking on.

The understanding of the ESG universe made me reinforce this field that I was only timidly aware of. On the other hand, attending the Biscay ESG Global Summit gave me an idea of the relevance given by the different actors, especially the fund managers, with many of whom we deal with on a daily or weekly basis in my department. Knowing their concerns or interests, and keeping up to date on them, is a help in my position.

Ignacio Fernández Sanz, Iberdrola's Investor Relations Department

 

Nowadays it is no longer enough to make your investments financially profitable, but it is necessary to do so in a responsible way. I believe that time will show that less responsible companies will be less profitable. There is still a long way to go, but it seems clear that ESG criteria will have more and more weight in valuations and investment decisions and will therefore become increasingly important in the business models of all companies.

The experience was tremendously positive. Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the main stakeholders in the ESG world at a global level, and in such a close environment, was an unparalleled opportunity. In addition to the speakers, being able to discuss with other professionals attending about the impact of the topic in each of our professions is a very remarkable additional enrichment.

In the fixed income world, it is virtually impossible to live outside of market trends. ESG criteria are giving rise to new figures, new financing instruments and new investment criteria. The Summer Programme was a fantastic basis for me to delve deeper into all these concepts that have become part of my day-to-day life and with which I am now more familiar thanks to the seminar.

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the world's leading ESG stakeholders in such a close environment was a unique opportunity.

Nowadays it is no longer enough to make your investments financially profitable, but it is necessary to do so in a responsible way. I believe that time will show that less responsible companies will be less profitable. There is still a long way to go, but it seems clear that ESG criteria will have more and more weight in valuations and investment decisions and will therefore become increasingly important in the business models of all companies.

The experience was tremendously positive. Having the good fortune to listen to and learn from the main stakeholders in the ESG world at a global level, and in such a close environment, was an unparalleled opportunity. In addition to the speakers, being able to discuss with other professionals attending about the impact of the topic in each of our professions is a very remarkable additional enrichment.

In the fixed income world, it is virtually impossible to live outside of market trends. ESG criteria are giving rise to new figures, new financing instruments and new investment criteria. The Summer Programme was a fantastic basis for me to delve deeper into all these concepts that have become part of my day-to-day life and with which I am now more familiar thanks to the seminar.

Pablo Castro, Head of Fixed Income Investments and Business - Norbolsa S.V. S.A