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Training DetailsTarget AudienceOverview of courseTraining TypeTraining Implementation
Training of Trainers for Local ConsultantsE&S Consultants
Management Consultants
This intensive deep dive workshop will be open to local consultants, supporting institutions, and select representatives from each of the banks. The TOT series will run over a period of 12 months and feature a series of trainings on E&S risk management and investing opportunities.Face to FaceIFC ESRM Team
Training of Trainers for Local BanksStaff of banking and financial institutionsThe objective of the course is to develop capacity within the banking and other financial sectors on E&S risk management best practices. These trained participants will in essence become sustainable banking and finance champions within their institutions.VirtualLocal Training Partners
Professional Short Course on Sustainable FinanceOpenThe ESRM program will work with local identified training institutions to develop customized short courses on sustainable finance. The objective of the course is to deliver specialized training to graduate and post-graduate students on sustainable banking and finance.
The program has identified training partners in each country and will work with them to develop, and deliver the trainings
Face to face
Local Training Partners:


Chartered Institute of Bankers Ghana

Environmental Protection Agency Training School

University of Ghana Business School


Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria

Lagos Business School

South Africa:

Rhodes University, South Africa

Training DetailsInstitutionOverview of courseTraining TypeCourse feeWebsite
Brew-Hammond Energy Center Short Course on Financial Modelling and Analysis of Renewable Energy Projects and PVKwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyStrengthening capacities of energy sector actors in Ghana. Provides training, research and advisory services to public and private actors in energy technology, policy and management including financial modelling and analysis of renewable energy projectsFace to face trainingPlease contact institution for feeLink to Resource
EBRD Sustainability webinarEBRDRecorded sessions of EBRD environmental and social risk management best practicesRecorded webinarsFreeLink to Resource
E-Learning Course on Environmental and Social PerformanceIFCTraining for designed to help clients manage their environmental and social risks, to impact positively on their bottom line, reputation and developmental impactOnlineFreeLink to Resource
Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA)UNEP FITraining on how to establish and implement effective environmental and social risk management systems in banks. Targeted at lending practitionersOnlineUSD 700 – USD1050 (depending on participant profile)Link to Resource
Environmental training coursesEPACourses include: Strategic Environmental Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management in the Manufacturing Industry, Environmental Management Plans, and Environmental MonitoringFace to face trainingPlease contact institution for feeLink to Resource
Green Bond trainingUNEP FITraining aimed at potential green bond investors, issuers and verifiers/second-party opinion providers. Training is on demand only Face to face trainingSponsorship by local partnersLink to Resource
IFC Sustainability webinar seriesIFCRecorded sessions offering IFC expertise and thought leadership on sustainability issuesRecorded webinarsFreeLink to Resource
Introduction to Green EconomyUN CC:e-learnBasic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks on green economyOnlineFreeLink to Resource
Introduction to Sustainable FinanceUN CC:e-learnBasics of Sustainable Finance including examples of UN-supported initiatives to promote sustainable financeOnlineFreeLink to Resource
Responsible Investment TrainingUNEP FIPromoting the development of responsible investment amongst investorsFace to face trainingSponsorship by local partnersLink to Resource
Sustainable Finance TrainingUNEP FITopics include Environmental and Social Risk Analysis, Green products and services financing and corporate eco-efficiencyFace to face trainingSponsorship by local partnersLink to Resource
Sustainability Training and E-Learning Program (STEP)IFCTraining for managers and staff of financial institutions (banks, PE funds, etc.) to better understand sustainable finance, social and environmental risk management and explore sustainability related business opportunitiesOnlineFreeLink to Resource
Global Reporting Initiative TrainingGlobal Reporting Initiative (GRI)Online courses on sustainability reportingOnlinePlease contact institution for feeLink to Resource
Certified expert in climate adaptation financeFrankfurt School of Finance and managementTraining on the various perspectives and aspects of climate adaptation finance. Suitable for both public and private sector practitionersOnlineEUR 1,100 – 1,300Link to Resource
Certified expert in sustainable financeFrankfurt School of Finance and managementOnline course designed for insurance experts and professionals interested in the topic of sustainable financeOnlineEUR 1,100 – 1,300Link to Resource
Climate and sustainable energy finance summer academyFrankfurt School of Finance and managementVarious work streams including: Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy, Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Executive Training, Executive Training in Applying Investment Theory to Climate FinanceFace to face training
Training on Corporate Environmental and Social Footprint for BanksESRM and EPA GhanaThe ESRM program in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ghana delivered this training on corporate E&S footprint for banks The training was anchored to the Ghana Sustainable Banking Principle 2 which asks banks to “Promote good environmental, social and governance practices in our internal business operations”. The Principle requires banks to “identify and effectively manage the environmental and social aspects and impacts of our internal business operations (such as our carbon footprint, use of resources and employment practices)“.
The training took participants through an overview of how to evaluate environmental and social footprints related to a bank’s business operations such as buildings, staff, suppliers, etc. It provided insight on how to identify and measure environmental and social footprint issues such as water use, waste generation, energy use, etc., and strategies to minimize and manage these issues.
Online Free
Video Access Passcode: c=0jV0E7
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Carbon Pricing Leadership CoalitionVoluntary partnership of national and subnational governments, businesses and civil society organizations that agree to expand the use of effective carbon pricingLink to Resource
Climate Bonds InitiativeInvestor focused organization to promote investment in projects and assets in low carbon and climate resilient marketLink to Resource
Equator Principles (EPs)Risk management framework for financial institutions to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks of projectsLink to Resource
G20 Sustainable finance study groupStudy group co-chaired by China and the United Kingdom with the mandate to identify institutional and market barriers to green finance.Link to Resource
Principles for Responsible InvestmentInvestor focused initiative that supports the adoption and implementation of best practices around environmental, social and governance issuesLink to Resource
Sustainable Banking Network (SBN)Voluntary community of financial regulators and banking associations from emerging markets that are committed to advancing sustainable finance in line with best practicesLink to Resource
Sustainable Insurance ForumUNEP program for insurance supervisors and regulatorsLink to Resource
UN PAGE Initiative GhanaThe Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) comprised of five UN agencies (UN environment, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR) with the mandate to coordinate UN action on green economy to assist Ghana in achieving its SDG 8 goal of “Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”Link to Resource
UNEP FIGlobal partnership between the UN Environmental Program and the financial sector with the objective of promoting financial sustainability.Link to Resource
Network for Greening the Financial Sector (NGFS)The Network for Greening the Financial System is a network of 75 central banks and financial supervisors which aims to accelerate the scaling up of green finance and develop recommendations for central banks’ role for climate change. The NGFS was created in 2017 and its secretariat is hosted by the Banque de FranceLink to Resource
Global Reporting Initiative StandardsGlobal standards for sustainability reportingLink to Resource
IFC corporate governance development frameworkCommon platform for evaluating and improving governance practices of investee companiesLink to Resource
IFC Performance StandardsGlobal best practices on environmental and social risk managementLink to Resource
Integrated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment GuidelinesGuidance document for implementing Bank’s E&S assessment proceduresLink to Resource
World Bank Group Environmental, Social and Safety GuidelinesTechnical reference documents with general and industry specific examples of good international industry practicesLink to Resource