The Responsible Investment Academy will officially launch its first programs at the 7th International Responsible Investment Conference in Sydney next week.

The RI Academy is an Australian initiative that started as a project of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).

It aims to give investment professionals the skills to integrate Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues into existing frameworks.

RI Academy programs will enable signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) to better achieve their aims through a more insightful analysis of ESG factors within the scope of investment management.

“We’ve chosen the RIAA conference because it’s a premier RI event that will give investment professionals actively engaged in RI an opportunity to learn about our offerings first-hand,” said RI Academy director, Neb Jovicic.

“Global markets are now at an inflection point where any individual making investment decisions needs a practical knowledge of ESG risks and opportunities and the insights available through responsible investing.

“We are rapidly reaching the stage where employers will consider demonstrable knowledge and skills in these areas to be essential attributes for analysts, portfolio managers and asset owners,” he said.

The RI Academy will launch next Wednesday, 15 September, the second day of the RIAA conference. Jovicic said that the Essentials Pathway, a series of seven introductory lessons, would be the first program launched and would be available globally via the RI Academy’s learning portal.

Modules will be demonstrated at the conference and all current signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment will be offered one free module: Introduction to the PRI.

The next program to be launched will be the academy’s 100-hour Certificate Pathway.

The academy has also developed a comprehensive Academy Toolbox that includes a library of models, reports, presentations and podcasts including financial models used in ESG integration and rapid learning models on ESG integration, screening, industry tools and industry standards.

“Our interactive, web-based learning will help you to test key ideas, improve retention and sustain your focus. Our multimedia experience will help you acquire new concepts with ease,” said Jovicic.

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