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ISEG launches new “Sustainable Finance Knowledge Centre”

Within the scope of the Sustainability Strategy for 2030, ISEG launches the Sustainable Finance Knowledge Center with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the institution and the British Embassy, reinforcing the importance of the issue of sustainable finance and ESG for the Portuguese economy.

Nowadays, financing a greener, more circular, resilient and inclusive economy is essential for us to improve competitiveness and be able to generate real added value. With the launch scheduled for today, September 22nd, the ISEG Sustainable Knowledge Finance Center it comes precisely to promote an applied thought that makes all this happen.

The event, which will take place in person at 5:00 pm in ISEG's CGD Auditorium, will present the 2030 sustainability strategy, and will also include the presence of Ambassador Chris Sainty, who will sign a memorandum of understanding between the British Embassy and ISEG. The meeting, which will be broadcast online, will also include the participation of ISEG professors, researchers and students, as well as officials from AON Portugal and Euronext.

According to Clara Raposo, Dean of ISEG: “By 2030, ISEG will be fully aligned with the teaching of green, regenerative and inclusive economy, where the themes of decarbonization, preservation of biodiversity, equality and diversity will be integrated into the school's activities. We want to have a positive impact on society by educating and promoting a culture of cooperation and solidarity that contributes to the implementation of sustainable and humanistic management practices, enhancing sustainable development in Europe and also in developing economies”.

“Exploring the immense potential of Sustainable Finance to deliver a transition towards carbon-neutral societies, while supporting long-term prosperity, will be essential for all countries with lasting climate ambitions”, says British Ambassador Chris Sainty. “The launch of the ISEG Sustainable Finance Knowledge Center is an excellent example of a major initiative to address the challenges that climate change poses and support the long-term goals of COP26.”

According to Sofia Santos, associate professor and coordinator of the Sustainable Finance Knowledge Centre, “the launch of the Sustainable Finance Knowledge Center demonstrates ISEG's recognition of the importance of financing practices to achieve a sustainable economy, capable of producing goods and services with less environmental impact and, at the same time, capable of generating employment, well-being in society and happiness". The same teacher also states that: “ESG issues (environmental, social and governance) are on the agenda today. It is necessary to build thinking and tools capable of helping SMEs, large companies, and even the financial sector, to implement a good ESG risk analysis and to identify the opportunities that arise from it.”

In addition to the launch of ISEG Sustainable Knowledge Finance Center and its 2030 Sustainability Strategy, today's event also features the presentation of the study “Sustainable Finance market in the UK and Portugal, a contemporary snapshot” and a round table with the participation of Clara Raposo, Dean of ISEG; Lucas Chaud, student of the Master in Management at ISEG; Pedro Penalva, CEO of AON Portugal, Spain, Israel and Africa; Susana Fonseca, researcher in Environmental Sociology; ISEG professors Vitor Barros and João Carvalho das Neves; and Sandra Machado, director of communication for Euronext.

See the full program here and watch the stream online at ISEG YouTube.