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What you need to know about working in Sustainable Finance

  • Publish Date: Posted 11 months ago

​If you’re thinking about a career in sustainable finance or considering hiring a sustainable finance professional? Here’s what you need to know.

Sustainable finance is a rapidly growing field, this growth is driving more and more demand from the finance sector for skilled knowledgeable sustainable/environmental, social, and governance (ESG) finance professionals. This growth and demand is being driven in the most part by investors who are seeking to align their investments with their climate values and address global challenges such as climate change and social inequality. As a result, this high demand for professionals with expertise in sustainable finance has created plenty of opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in this field.

Working in sustainable finance requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. Professionals in this field must have a deep understanding of ESG issues and how they influence investment decision-making. They must also be able to analyse the financial risks and opportunities associated with ESG factors and develop investment strategies that align with their client’s goals and values.

Where to start?

One way to build a career in sustainable finance is to pursue a degree or certification in sustainable finance or ESG investing. Many universities now offer courses in sustainable finance, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this field. On top of the formal qualifications route, several professional certifications are available, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program's ESG Investing Certificate, which can help demonstrate a candidate's expertise in sustainable finance.

Another approach to building a career in sustainable finance is to gain experience in related fields typically these include CSR, sustainability, or ESG analysis. Many professionals with backgrounds across these areas have successfully transitioned into sustainable finance roles, leveraging their existing expertise to analyse ESG factors and develop sustainable investment strategies.

Networking is also critical and shouldn’t be underestimated for those interested in pursuing a career in sustainable finance. Attending industry events, joining professional associations such as the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance or the Principles for Responsible Investment, and connecting with professionals on social media platforms such as LinkedIn can help build a strong network and create opportunities for career development over the long term.

When looking to hire people for sustainable finance roles, organisations should prioritise candidates who have a deep understanding of ESG trends and a passion for sustainable investing. In this skill short / high demand sector, organisations should also look for candidates with a strong analytical background and the ability to develop investment strategies that align with their clients' goals and values. Building a diverse team with a range of backgrounds and perspectives is also important to ensure a well-rounded approach to sustainable investing.

Sustainable finance is an exciting and rapidly growing field that offers a range of career opportunities for those with a passion for sustainable investing. Pursuing a degree or certification program, gaining experience in related fields, networking, and demonstrating a deep understanding of ESG issues and a commitment to sustainable investing are all key to building a successful career in this important and impactful field.

Looking for people with the skills and experience to work in sustainable finance? Speak to the experts. We’re niche recruiters, specialists in Sustainability and ESG hiring, with a network built over 30 years of working in the ‘green’ economy. To find out how we can help you make your next great hire, contact Spencer Cooney on +44(0)1202 888986 or email:scooney@allen-york.comtoday.