Candriam Investors Group launches the Candriam Academy, the world’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI).
The Candriam Academy aims to raise awareness, promote education and improve knowledge of financial intermediaries on the topic of SRI via an innovative online platform of inspiring and actionable content and materials. Although conceived with the needs of intermediaries in mind, the platform is free and open to all.
A study carried out by Candriam in 2016, showed that although more than 60% of distributors were convinced of the added value of SRI and more than 70% foresaw an increase in such funds over the next 10 years, distribution remained limited because of a lack of available information. The Candriam Academy aims to raise awareness on SRI and demonstrate how it fits within a performing client portfolio.
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, CEO of Candriam Investors Group, says:
“Economic agents have an important role to play in ensuring the development of a sustainable and responsible economy. As an asset manager, this is a responsibility we take very seriously at Candriam. We believe in the importance of promoting sustainable investing and the Academy will allow us to raise further awareness and improve best practice among the financial community.”
The Academy will provide different modules as an in-depth introduction to SRI. At the end of each module, a minimum score of 8/10 is required to complete the course and receive a certificate. The Academy has received accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and is requesting further local accreditations. The platform is currently available in English and Italian, and will be soon in French.
Wim Van Hyfte, Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, says:
“At Candriam we have the deep conviction that sustainable and responsible investing is not only a good thing for the world, but it is also the driving component of a successful long term investment strategy. With that in mind we developed Candriam Academy to help train the next generation of responsible investors.”