1st Edition

Sustainable Finance Fundamentals

By Carlos Vargas Copyright 2024
    168 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sustainable Finance Fundamentals provides an accessible overview of this critical, rapidly growing area at the intersection of finance and sustainability.

    The first part showcases different approaches to sustainable finance, covering banking, impact investing, integrated reporting and strategy, and risk management. The second part covers investing, including equity, green bonds, and crowdfunding. In the final part, issues beyond sustainable finance, such as alternative investments, renewable energy, and innovation, are explored. In addition, two optional appendices provide useful introductions to the time value of money (TVM) and financial statements.

    Ethical and regulatory issues are addressed holistically throughout the book and sustainable finance is linked to related topics, such as environmental economics and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each chapter has an international focus and features examples, "in a nutshell" summaries, and discussion questions.

    Whether you are a student or professional, Sustainable Finance Fundamentals is essential reading for anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainable finance, impact investing, and related areas. Lecture slides and teaching notes are also available for instructors, making this book an ideal text for courses on sustainable finance.

    1. Introduction  2. Value creation through sustainable finance  3. Financial institutions  4. Different approaches to sustainable finance  5. The basics of reporting  6. Equity ownership  7. Bonds in different colors, shapes, and sizes  8. Indices and passive investments  9. Alternative assets  10. Insurance and risk  11. Carbon markets  12. Transition to clean energy  13. Innovation, a path to follow


    Carlos Vargas is Professor of Finance at the EGADE Business School at Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). Dr Vargas has also been instructor of Sustainable Finance in the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University (USA), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and the University of Zurich (Switzerland), among other prestigious universities all over the world.