The Role of Socially Responsible Investments in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Are you interested in understanding how finance and socially responsible investment can contribute to sustainable development? Explore the objectives and topics of this MOOC.

This course forms part of an Erasmus+ project From Enviromental, Social and Governance (ESG) Integration to Impact Investing dedicated to how to use the beneficial of capital markets in order to finance socially responsible projects.
The course content will focus on the role of sustainable investing in addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The framework for a Sustainable Society and their goals as well as fundamental concepts of Sustainable Investing will be described, and interdependencies will be illustrated.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the main implications of sustainability
  • Know in which way(s) are the environment and the economy related
  • Be able to critically analyse what opportunities do the United Nation’s SDGs offer and how businesses can contribute to achieving the SDGs
  • Be able to reflex about what motivates companies to manage social, ethical and environmental issues
  • Have and overview of the functions of financial markets and their main instruments
  • Learn how to implement a strategy and principles for responsible investment and impact investment
  • Know some examples of socially responsible projects, investments and companies
  • Examine and best practices of how investors can implement socially responsible and impact investment and methodologies to measure impact
  • Put in practice what you have learnt in the course through a case study.


The course is structured in 3 sections and composed by 12 units. This open course starts by explaining the implications of climate change commitments and the SDGs on economy, businesses and finance. These bases serve as an introduction to the main principles, strategies and management tools used like exclusions, engagement and voting, ESG integration, norms-based screening, best-in-class, sustainability themed, and impact investing.
Unit 1. Sustainability, implications, and historical development
Unit 2. Transformations for a sustainable economy
Unit 3. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Unit 4: Business contribution to the SDGs
Unit 5. Sustainable finance
Unit 6. Financial markets and sustainability
Unit 7. Main sustainable financial instruments
Unit 8. Defining Socially Responsible Investments (SRI)
Unit 9. SRI strategies and ESG criteria
Unit 10. SRI indexes and ESG rating agencies
Unit 11. Social impact investing
Unit 12. Social impact investing: A case study

This is the first open course of three courses. The second course is designed for use in tertiary education, especially for students in finance. The third course is intended for potential investors and practitioners interested in impact and ESG investments.

There is no entry requirement, as the course starts assuming no prior knowledge. All that is required is an interest in the subject matter and a B1 level of English, as the course is in English.

Provided ByUNED Abierta
Type of providerHE Institution
Provided atonline
Learning opportunity typeMOOC
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Start date2022-01-09
End date2022-12-20
Workload in hours25
Admission procedureOpen to all
Price detailsFree registration and access to all materials + free open badge + paid certificate of participation (15€/ 40€)
AssessmentsSelf-evaluation tests
Type of credentialCertificate of participation
ISCEDF Code04 - Business, administration and law
Education subject0412 - Finance, banking and insurance
Learning settingsnon formal learning
Learning outcome typeKnowledges
Learning outcome typeSkills
Learning outcome typeSkills
Assessor typeSelf-evaluation
Assessment formatTest/ Quiz

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