Institute offers “free” green finance course enabling finance professionals to pass the “Carney Test”.

  • 27 October 2021
  • News | Press release | Green Finance

27th October 2021

In the run up to COP26, the Institute, as one of the leading global professional bodies in green and sustainable finance, is delighted to announce that it has made elements of its programmes (freely) available to a wider audience through a new module, “Foundations of Green and Sustainable Finance”  

To pass what we are calling the ‘Carney Test’, after UN Special Envoy Mark Carney stated that “… every professional financial decision takes climate change into account...” then it follows that every finance professional needs to develop and apply a knowledge and understanding of climate change and sustainability to the extent appropriate for their role, function and organisation. This knowledge and understanding then needs to be applied to advise, finance, and support customers and communities as they transition towards more sustainable, low-carbon futures.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute commented: The Institute continues to lead the development of green and sustainable finance education and training for bankers worldwide. In 2018, we launched the Green Finance Certificate, the world’s first benchmark qualification for green finance. Updated in 2020, and renamed the Green and Sustainable Finance Certificate, it is now available through a network of partners in 40 countries. The most recent version was launched in October 2021. 

It is our hope that, by making this learning opportunity available to as many individuals within the sector as possible, we will help to build the necessary capacity, capabilities and culture required if we are to achieve mid-century and interim climate change targets, and hasten the progress towards ensuring that what we currently view as best practice, in terms of incorporating ESG and sustainability into lending and investment decisions and other financial activities, becomes standard practice – in all financial institutions, everywhere”  



For further information contact:

Matthew Ball, Head of Public Affairs, Chartered Banker Institute
Tel: +44 (0) 7720 684226 E-mail: [email protected]

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Chartered Banker Institute | Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, key stakeholder engagement and communications.

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile, impact and influence. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

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