Robeco has rolled out its Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials to employees of Standard Chartered Private Bank in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and the UK.
The platform, launched in 2018, is a series of e-learning modules that gives background information and insights on areas such as sustainability investing.
Robeco's aim with this rollout is to further share its knowledge on key topics, while at the same time enabling Standard Chartered's private banking professionals to enhance their skills and help their clients achieve their investment goals.
Sustainability investing is here to stay and will continue to grow. We do, however, see there is a need for education on this topic in Asia"
Eugenia Koh, head of sustainable investing and engagement strategy at StanChart, said the bank's private banking clients are increasingly looking to get more involved in sustainability investing.
"This collaboration with Robeco allows us to leverage Robeco's expertise to further equip our bankers to drive these conversations with clients and to bridge the gap between social impact and finance," she added.
In October 2018, an Asian Private Banker survey sponsored by Robeco indicated that 65% of relationship managers have received limited or no ESG-related training in the last 12 months, but that 52% of relationship managers' clients have shown an interest in ESG-related investments over the past 24 months.
Tom Keenan, head of Wholesale Asia ex-Japan at Robeco, added: "Sustainability investing is here to stay and will continue to grow. We do, however, see there is a need for education on this topic in Asia. In order to provide well-informed advice, or make the right decisions, sufficient knowledge is instrumental, certainly when it comes to sustainability investing. Robeco is considered a leader and pioneer in this area."
The Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials programme is recognized under the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore's Financial Training Scheme. The test at the end of the module gives participants two hours towards their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.
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