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, a better understanding of this rapidly growing industry, and qualifies for continuing education credits (3 hours for CFP® Board, CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA®)

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

Module II: Approaches to ESG, SRI Portfolio Construction Considerations 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: Performance Studies, Fiduciary Standards, and Global Trends
  • Financial performance studies and meta-studies
  • ERISA and fiduciary duty
  • Trending topics and issues

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


Cost for online course
US SIF Member:  $200
Non-member:       $250

The online course can be accessed on-demand for 365 days from the date of purchase. Group rates 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:
Past live training dates:
  • The 2018 US SIF Conference: Investing for a Sustainable World at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC (May 31, 2018)
  • The SRI Conference at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA (November 1, 2017)
  • The 2017 US SIF Conference: A New Climate for Investing in Impact at Morningstar in Chicago, IL (May 10, 2017)
  • Southern California Training at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Santa Monica, CA (February 8, 2017)
  • The SRI Conference at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver in Denver, CO (November 9, 2016)
  • The 2016 US SIF Conference: Investing for the Next Generation at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC (May 23, 2016)
  • The SRI Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO (November 3, 2015)
  • The 2015 US SIF Conference: Risk, Value, Impact at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL (May 4, 2015)
  • The SRI Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO (November 9, 2014)
  • The 2014 US SIF Conference: Markets, Mission and Materiality at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC (May 19, 2014)
  • The SRI Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO (October 28, 2013)
  • The 2013 US SIF Conference: Finance for a Sustainable Future at the Westin River North in Chicago, IL (May 20, 2013)

Contact Michael Young (202-872-5304) for more information.