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ESG and climate risks in India: an introduction for finance professionals



Many Indian financial institutions have begun exploring opportunities to reduce the carbon intensity of their portfolios and exposure to climate risks. These efforts build on the extensive experience of addressing other environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities such as gender equality and social inclusion. However, many finance professionals do not know how to identify and manage ESG risks or to pursue new opportunities in ESG finance.

The aim of this training module is to equip finance professionals in India with the knowledge and skills necessary to mainstream ESG considerations into their financial decision-making. The trainings were offered to ten Indian financial institutions in 2020-2021: Axis Bank, Bandhan Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, NABARD, Punjab National Bank, SBI Mutual Fund, State Bank of India and SEWA Bank. These ten institutions represent some of the largest players by assets under management in their respective segments.