CFA Society launches CFA Institute Certificate

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The Certificate in ESG Investing is now available to candidates in Sri Lanka. The global certificate is awarded by the CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, to help the profession navigate shifting client demands for sustainable investments, a spokesman said.

The education programme represents a new global qualification for ESG in investment management. It aims to strengthen market integrity by delivering 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 Certificate in ESG Investing will enable the industry to evolve by placing sustainable practices at the forefront of investment considerations, ultimately contributing to a more holistic financial analysis, he added.

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

Dinesh Warusavitharana, CFA, President of CFA Society Sri Lanka, said, “We are seeing a real acceleration of interest in ESG investing – a major development that will shape the future of finance – while increased demand from clients and investment management firms has fuelled the need for education. This Certificate will equip practitioners with foundational knowledge and competencies, and enable them to better serve the needs of their clients and contribute to building trust within the industry.”