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Vastuullinen sijoittaminen – Sustainable Investing

Build success sustainably by considering ESG factors in investment strategy

With increased regulation, new investment instruments, and conscious customers, sustainability has become an important strategic focus from an investment perspective as well. An investment strategy that considers environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in decision-making can promote sustainable development goals and even address global challenges while also helping organizations achieve better financial profitability.

Vastuullinen sijoittaminen program provides corporate executives and investment and finance industry professionals with a comprehensive overview of what a person making investment decisions should know about sustainability. The program covers ESG terminology, legal obligations, and societal drivers, explores how and what ESG data can be utilized, and discusses responsible investment strategies and related tools such as ESG ratings and ESG indices. Additionally, it delves into the impact of ESG factors on stock pricing and the return and risk of sustainability. A central theme of the program is also how to evaluate a company's sustainability and how sustainability is perceived and verified in different business areas.

After the program, participants will understand how to assess a company's sustainability and how sustainability is perceived and verified in different business areas. The program also helps to understand the broader impact of sustainable investment on society, the environment, and people and provides practical examples of how sustainable investment has achieved real impact.

It is possible to transfer 4.5 ECTS credits from the Sustainable Investment program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

Please note that this program is conducted in Finnish.

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October 23, 2024


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Sustainable investing is a future trend that is growing all the time. Benefit from this growing market by embracing the ESG ecosystem.

Learn to identify ESG risks and opportunities of sustainability and achieve better investment returns.

Be part of creating a better society by choosing sustainable investment targets.


Participants in the Sustainable Investment program gain a comprehensive understanding of the ESG field, principles, and practices of sustainable investment and learn to see opportunities to apply them in their work now and in the future.

Get a comprehensive understanding of the ESG ecosystem and environmental, social, and governance factors from the perspective of sustainable investment.
Receive practical tools and models to make more informed and sustainable investment decisions.
Learn to identify greenwashing and greenhushing, use information sources to support sustainability assessments, and ask essential questions to investment targets and service providers regarding sustainability.
Lead your company's investment activities in a more sustainable direction with the support of top experts and participant network.


The program is aimed at managers and experts who want to accelerate the transition towards sustainable financial arrangements and a more responsible investment strategy.

Those who benefit from the training include:

  • Managers and experts who need to budget for sustainable investments and report on returns.
  • Investment professionals working in listed companies and foundations.
  • Consultants, risk management professionals, lawyers, and investment communication experts who need a broad understanding of the ESG landscape.
  • Public policy and regulatory decision-makers.

Contents and Schedule

This program provides comprehensive know-how on regulating responsible investing, ESG factors, sustainable investment strategies, accountability across asset classes, and effectiveness measurement and reporting.

Learning is based on pre-readings, lectures, in-class discussions, and assignments during training days.

Program structure

Before module

Getting acquainted with pre-reading materials and preparation for training days

During the module

Lectures, group discussions, and exercises under the guidance of Aalto EE trainers

After the module

Applying the learnings in the work



Markku Kaustia

Markku Kaustia is the Hannes Gebhard Professor in Finance and Insurance at Aalto University School of Business.

His areas of research include finance, investments, financial markets, assets management, investor behavior, and psychology. His research has been published in leading academic journals, like the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Finance.

Professor Kaustia is a regular speaker and teacher for finance professionals and conferences. He has investigated micro-foundations of investment epidemics, dynamics of investors' risk aversion, and behavioral biases of finance professionals. 

He has been at Aalto University, School of Business, Department of Finance, since 2008. As a Visiting Professor, he has taught in the USA at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (2011-2012), and at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (2012-2013).

In 2014, Aalto University established the position of Hannes Gebhard Professor in Finance & Insurance to acknowledge the support of the OP-Pohjola Group in promoting scientific research in finance. Hannes Gebhard was a Finnish businessman, professor of economic history & economics, member of Parliament & father of the Finnish Cooperative Business.

Markku Kaustia has a Ph.D. in Finance from Aalto University School of Business.

Mika Leskinen

Mika Leskinen, Investment Director of S-Bank, is one of Finland's most experienced sustainable investing professionals with more than 15 years of experience.

In the IRRI survey 2017, Leskinen was the world's TOP 50 ESG influencer in the asset managers category. In 2023 he was selected as the 29th most important ESG influencer in the world in the Onalytica listing.

Leskinen is an active speaker in domestic and international sustainable investing events. He has been on the Commission for Sustainable Investment of the Church Pension Fund (Kirkon eläkerahasto) from 2016-2020 and Chairman of the Finsif Board 2018. Leskinen has been widely quoted and also quoted in media and non-fiction books.

Anna Hyrske

Anna Hyrske works as a leading sustainability expert at Suomen Pankki.

Her responsibilities include developing principles and processes for sustainable investing, supporting portfolio managers in ESG integration in the bank's treasury office, and serving on international working groups to promote sustainability.

Before the Bank of Finland, Hyrske held various positions for over 20 years (including portfolio manager, analyst, leader of Asian operations, and sustainability specialist) at the investment organization of pension insurance company Ilmarinen. She has a long experience in sustainable investing and has written three books on the subject (2023, 2020, and 2012) and studied the issue in his master's studies (2004).

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