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Social Responsible Investment - Training Course - SRI

Not only since the 2008/09 world financial crisis, sustainable, ecological and social criteria have become a more and more important factor of modern financial businesses. The application of criteria aiming at environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights and diversity is equally called for by the European Commission supporting to integrate non-financial information into investment decisions. However, today most financial advisors are not able to consult clients in an adequate way. To this end, the “SRI-project” intended to transfer a training course and educational material for European financial consultants to raise their skills and competences on sustainable/ethical investment.The main basis of this project was the already existing SRI training course in Austria which was successfully running since 2010 with yearly reiterations. Other consortium partners offer less comprehensive educational units on the topic and intend to significantly upgrade these offers by the Austrian course respectively the common European course resulting from this project. The main tangible result will include a concerted training-course for SRI, consisting of a homogenous core-component and additional modules, adapted to the social cultural, political and legal aspects of SRI respective national market specifics of the partner countries. The benefits of a European cooperation are to promote the idea of SRI with its typical cross-border nature of financial transactions and learning from the project partners about different SRI approaches.The multi-national consortium, consisting of nine organisations specialised in SRI for their respective markets, covers 7 countries, namely Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, comprises of all necessary competences, and a clear picture how to implement the course in the long run not only in their home countries. The impact of the project is personalized in the form of financial advisors adequately equipped with competences for responding to and anticipating the future challenges of the financial market. They will be able to offer qualified SRI-consulting for their clients which finally leads to a higher demand for SRI investments in return raising the supply of these financial products.

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