Concordia University's John Molson School of Business launches a
professional designation in sustainable investment
MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Business professionals interested in
sustainability now have access to a certification in sustainable
investment. The David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, at
Concordia University's John Molson School of Business (JMSB), has
created the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC).
The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals in finance,
investment or other functional areas in business through a rigorous
training curriculum in the field of sustainability.
The program offers 70 to 80 hours of self-study curriculum material,
online study guidance and certification testing, culminating in the
Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate. Topics covered include
sustainability, governance, ethics, corporate social responsibility and
environmental sustainability. The SIPC is a self-study program modeled
on other professional certifications such as the Chartered Financial
Analyst © designation.
"The SIPC program is designed for practitioners, guided by a Business
Advisory Council, thereby representing a fruitful collaboration between
academics and practitioners," says Paul Shrivastava, JMSB Management
Professor and Director of the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable
Enterprise. "It teaches investment professionals practical ways of
incorporating sustainability, environmental, social and governance
issues into investment decisions."
Mary C. Larson, Steering Committee Member at the Finance and
Sustainability Initiative (FSI), underscores the linkages between
education, community and business in the realm of sustainable
development. "FSI is a not-for-profit organization which serves as a
medium through which education and research around sustainable
investment is developed and disseminated. Our goal is to build
awareness and recognition of the impact of sustainability efforts and
to provide a vehicle in which professional, business and organizational
partnering can flourish."
A Business Advisory Council, formed of practitioners in the fields of
sustainability and finance, guided the development of the program.
Organizations represented include Addenda Capital, Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec, Cascades, Desjardins Group, Groupe Investissement
Responsable, and Osisko. The companies assisted in the creation of a
well-rounded curriculum focused on relevance, practicality and
For the complete version of the press release and links to the partners:
David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise: http://bit.ly/2NuwKF
SOURCE CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
For further information:
Mai-Gee Hum, MSc
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Tel.: 514-848-2424 ext. 4142
Mary C. Larson
Steering Committee Member, Financial Sustainability Initiative Montreal