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Sustainable Finance

This UTS Open microcredential will introduce you to sustainable financial instruments, systems and investment decisions that can create long-term value for your organisation. Explore environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and gain insights how sustainable finance can contribute to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


About this microcredential

The field of sustainable finance has grown in importance in recent years. Get ahead and learn about the planet’s social and environmental challenges and the critical role of transitioning the economy to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You will develop an understanding of the advantages and challenges of integrating ESG into investment decisions.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you will be able to:

  • Assess the role of sustainable finance in transitioning the economy to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Evaluate concepts of financially material ESG factors in investment for long term value creation
  • Apply appropriate frameworks in the development of responsible investment policies

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Sustainable Finance (25899) in the Master of Finance. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for professionals looking to enhance their knowledge & skills in financial management.

  • Financial service providers
  • Financial advisors
  • Sustainability consultants
  • Fund managers
  • Policy makers
  • Marketing specialist
  • Investors
  • NGOs


Full price: $2,570 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check the price at the time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course learning objectives

  • Contribute to the development of your business knowledge and concepts
  • Enhance your critical thinking and creativity
  • Develop your analytical skills
  • Develop your attitude and values around sustainability


Assessment task 1: Quizzes Weighting 35%

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding the sustainability challenges and the role which sustainable finance plays in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Apply knowledge of Environmental, Social and Governance within the role of long-term value creation
  • Analyse the appropriate frameworks and how these are applied to responsible investment policies

Assessment task 2: Assignment Weighting 65%

Assessment Criteria:

  • Demonstration via the responsible investment policy how an asset management firm can contribute to the transition of the economy to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Depth of analysis to identify the financially material ESG factors in long term value creation within the investment process and the role this plays at the entity level
  • Identification and application of appropriate frameworks in the development of the responsible investment policy for the organization

To pass this course, participants must complete both assessment tasks and achieve an overall mark of 50 and above (minimum Pass). The weighting for each assessment task is indicated in brackets.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Participant requirements and equipment

To complete this online course you will need a personal computer with reliable Internet access and an operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS.

Contact information



08 May




7 wks


Avg 10 hrs/wk

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Meet the Expert

Dr Kylie-Anne Richards

Dr Kylie-Anne Richards
Lecturer Finance Discipline Group

Kylie-Anne Richards is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney with research and teaching interests in sustainable finance, green finance, ESG and high-frequency finance. Kylie-Anne has developed and lectures the Sustainable Finance subjects offered in the Master of Finance, MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Financial Planning and Microcredential suite. She is an internationally published academic with papers appearing in ‘International Journal of Financial Engineering’, ‘Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes’, among others.

Kylie-Anne is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer and leads the implementation of responsible investment practices at Fortlake. Kylie-Anne is also a member of the Fortlake Asset Management Board and a board member of IAM Funds.

Kylie-Anne has extensive industry experience both domestically and overseas, having worked at Macquarie Group in Hong Kong as Head of Financial Engineering for the Asia Pacific. Subsequently, Head of Indexation and Quantitative Trading Research at CLSA in Sydney. Most recently she held the position of Director, Portfolio Manager at QTR Capital, a proprietary trading business, which was active in trading MSCI Global Index rebalances in developed markets globally and depository receipt arbitrage in Australia and the USA.

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Dr Chris Meier

Dr Chris Meier

Dr Chris Meier convenes the Unit, AFIN8018 - Investments. Dr Meier was awarded a PhD in Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University in 2017. He researches in the areas of asset pricing and Behavioral Finance.

Dr Meier has published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance and Applied Economics. Outside of academia, he is an entrepreneur and has founded a number of ventures, including a company that provides funding solutions to the coffee industry and an online platform that facilitates commodity transactions with a focus on green coffee.

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Book a session

Mon 08 May 2023 -
Wed 14 Jun 2023
Expert: Dr Kylie-Anne Richards, Dr Chris Meier
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 4 hours total

Self-managed enrolments close at 6.59pm Monday 8 May. If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email

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