NHH/FFN Sustainable Financial Analysis

Learn how to how to include ESG-issues into financial analysis of companies and investment portfolios. Where traditional finance focuses on financial valuation, this programme investigates risks as well as opportunities related to sustainability.

The programme retains a practical and applied approach, and the student will be equipped with a deeper and more fundamental understanding of the dilemmas that arise where financial analyses meet sustainability.

As a student you will explore methods and skills that enable you to include ESG in well-founded financial analyses. The benefits are many, particularly as this is a field where the need for essential ESG-information faces many challenges due to a general lack of standards and the very speed with which this field has developed.

You will become part of a network of highly professional and experienced students and lecturers, where peer-learning and chared knowledge and experiences are essential tools.

Who is the programme for?

The Sustainable Financial Analytics programme is designed for experienced professionals with an interest in how to integrate sustainability in financial assessments. Relevant professional backgrounds include analysts, portfolio managers, CFOs, accountants, investors, rating analysts as well as advisors, journalists and regulators.

The programme is particularly suitable for Norwegian and Scandinavian applicants but welcomes applicants from outside the Nordic region as well.   

Applicants are required to have at least three years of relevant work experience as well as a basic knowledge of sustainable finance.

FFN offers an introductory course in sustainable finance where needed (in Norwegian). Read more here: FFNs kurs i bærekraftig finans

Who will you meet?

The Sustainable Financial Analytics programme has succeeded to combine excellent resources both from academia and the market. Among others you will meet:

From the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH):

Aksel Mjøs, Head of Department of Finance and Head of the Sustainable Financial Analytics programme
ose A. Albuquerque de SousaJosé Albuquerque de Sousa, Assistant Professor of Finance
Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen, Associate Professor 
Sveinung Jørgensen, Associate Professor in Sustainable Business
Ibrahim Pelja, PhD Research Scholar

Practitioners/Lecturers from the market

Annie Bersagel, Portfolio Manager ESG, Folketrygdfondet
Melanie Brooks, Portfolio Manager and Head of ESG, Fondsfinans Kapitalforvaltning
Ulf G. Erlandsson, Founder/Chief executive, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute
Kristin Holth, Non Executive Director at Maersk Tankers
Are Jansrud, Chief compliance officer, SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Kjetil Rimstad, Partner, EY
Hanne Thornam, Partner/Nordic Head of Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Laurens Swinkels, Executive Director at Robeco and Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Isabelle Juillard Thompsen, Portfolio Manager, DNB Asset Management
Christopher Wright, Head of ESG Risk Monitoring, Norges Bank Investment Management

What you learn

The Sustainable Financial Analytics Programme is organised in three sessions covering three parts. The first part focuses on current challenges and sustainable business models, materiality analysis and reporting.

Part two integrates sustainability in financial valuation using traditional valuation models as a starting point. The third part focuses on how to best include sustainability in Portfolio Management; both on a more general level, and for the most important asset classes.

The group based assignment, which will be discussed in full in a separate third and final session, integrates the knowledge and information from the two previous sessions and is an essential part of the programme.

The first session: 20th – 22nd October 2022 

  • Sustainable business models, materiality and reporting
  • Integrated valuation using ESG metrics

The programme’s starting point will be topics related to the nature and characteristics of more sustainable business models We will discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainability reporting, and discuss the identification, prioritization, measurement and reporting of ESG factors, as well as EU Taxonomy and other key international standards.

The second part of this session offers an integrated perspective on valuation that incorporates externalities that can cause sudden shocks to a company’s cash flows, lead to stranded assets, and force losses in the company’s productive value. . The goal of this part of the course is to explore ways of internalizing the inherent uncertainty about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into a company’s valuation.

The second session: 24th – 26th November 2022 

Based on an understanding of fundamental sustainability concepts and criteria, as well as how these are measured and included in valuation models, the second session covers how to apply this in a portfolio management context.

Understanding how sustainability could be integrated in portfolio management includes a recap of the core portfolio theory models, based on the trade-off between risk and return, with topics like the CAPM, factor models and market efficiency, proceeding to discussing how to create portfolios according to different investment styles, and how to evaluate their performance. We will look into different ESG strategies used by portfolio managers.

We will cover how sustainability could enter the analysis and investment into other asset classes, e.g. fixed income/credit, real estate, private equity, and impact investments, as well as performance measurement and implementation challenges.

The final part of this session prepares the students for the group projects that will be discussed in the final session.

The third and final session: March 2023 in Oslo

The last session will focus on discussing the group assignments. Sustainable finance is a complex field with a particular need for well-founded and balanced discussions. Each assignment will be presented and discussed by students, lecturers and invited experts and contributors in the field.

Assignment/assessment method

The assessment method is a group based written assignment where the aim is to integrate knowledge and information from lectures, presentations and discussions throughout the programme, and apply this to a valuation of a company or a financial instrument, a portfolio construction, portfolio analysis, or other topics that include sustainability in valuation, or assessment of portfolios. The assignments will be presented and discussed in a separate two-day session at the end of the programme (March 2022).

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Practical information

Starting date: 20th October 2022
Location: Oslo
Application deadline: 26th August 2022
Sessions:

  • 2oth – 22nd October 2022
  • 24th – 26th November 2022
  • 17th and 18th March 2023 (Lysebu, Oslo)

Part time programme, with English as working language.

Tuition fees/additional costs

Tuition fees: NOK 70.000 (programme tuition)

In addition: Travel expenses, full board and literature (text books).

Assessment method/assignment

The final assignement is a report written in groups of 3-4 persons. The report is to be presented and discussed in the final session. The written assignment is a requirement of the programme. Grading: Pass/Fail 15 ECTS Credits

Testimonials

Håkon Astrup, Equity Analyst DNB I participated in the sustainable financial analysis programme by FFN and NHH. It was both interesting and educational and I would highly recommend the programme for those who want to have a deeper insight into sustainability perspectives, particularly in corporate analyses and valuation. The programme is also an excellent arena to meet peers from the industry with and interest in sustainability. Jørn-

 

 

 

Gunnar Kleven, Head of Finance and Controlling, Eidsiva I have taken both the AFA program and the Corporate Finance program before enrolling in the program on Sustainability. As one of Norway’s largest issuers of green bonds, I hoped to broaden my perspective on sustainability and finance. I experience to have my perspective and my competence expanded, in an area in rapid change. The work with the thesis was very useful, and the lecturers and fellow students were constantly engaged with useful comments on issues and new perspectives.

 

 

Sindre Sørbye, Equity Fund Manager, Arctic The programme (in sustainable financial analysis) is a significant add-on to the toolbox in my profession as an equity fund manager. While covering relevant theoretical concepts and empirical research in the field of sustainability, there is ample emphasis on how to apply and integrate this into company and portfolio analysis. The sessions are very interactive and led by a diverse mix of highly enthusiastic academics and practitioners. The course digs into the essential field of sustainability while sharpening the ability to differentiate buzzwords and greenwashing from material topics. Outsourcing ESG-analysis is really no option for active managers. This programme helps me not only to understanding the theoretical framework and lingo but also to identify and integrate important issues into financial analysis.

 

 

Kristine K. Timberlid, Head of department, Innovation Norway The course I took at NHH in Sustainable Financial Analysis gave me a unique insight into the risks and the opportunities when dealing with ESG in finance. What I appreciated the most was still the many interesting discussions we had during the program over the many dilemmas sustainable finance touches upon.