Online Course & Live Training


Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment

The US SIF Foundation's Center for Sustainable Investment Education offers Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment  as an introductory resource for investment advisors, financial planners and other financial professionals who want to learn the basics of sustainable, responsible, and impact investment. It offers a unique blend of instruction and scenario learning that will enhance your ability to incorporate SRI into investment portfolios and client conversations. The course covers the implementation of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data into security analysis, discusses the latest trends and research, and explains how to communicate your expertise in sustainable and impact investment. The course can be taken online and/or in a live training format.

Completion of the course results in a certificate, 3 CFP® Board, CFA Institute, CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® continuing education credits and a better understanding of this rapidly growing industry.

Module I: An Overview of Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing
  • Introduction to SRI
  • Strategies for application of SRI

Module II: SRI Portfolio Construction and Shareowner Advocacy
  • Asset class mix and weighting, ESG analysis
  • Selecting public equity, fixed income, cash, alternative investments and community investments for an SRI portfolio
  • Active shareowner strategies

Module III: Current SRI Trends and Issues
  • Financial performance and SRI
  • ERISA and Fiduciary Duty
  • Studies and Trends in the Sustainable and Impact Investing space

Module IV: Communicating your SRI Expertise with Clients
  • The value of adding SRI to your practice
  • Addressing perceptions of SRI
  • Working with clients and building a client base


Online Course on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment

The online course is currently unavailable as it is being updated to incorporate new information, including data from the 2016 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends (release date November 15, 2016) and the upcoming report from Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (release date March 27, 2017). The updated course will become available again Spring 2017. Thank you for your interest, and please let us know if you would like an update on course availability.

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Cost for online course
US SIF Member:  $240
Non-member:       $300
Group rates for 100 or more are available. Contact Michael Young (202-872-5304) for more information.


Live Training on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment:

The live training version of the course is led by expert sustainable investment practitioners and the US SIF team.

Upcoming live training dates:
  • The 2017 US SIF Conference: A New Climate for Investing in Impact at Morningstar in Chicago, IL (May 10, 2017)
  • The SRI Conference at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA (November 1, 2017)

Past live training dates:
Contact Michael Young (202-872-5304) for more information.