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Introduction to ESG Bank Lending (Virtual Classroom)

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This online ESG Bank Lending training is being delivered live in one 4-hour session which runs from 13:00 – 17:00 London (UK).

Bank lenders have ESG exposure on their books already, whether recognised or not. Whilst some banks, still smarting from more than a decade of regulatory shock, unquestioningly adopt what they are told, others see ESG Banking and ESG Lending as an opportunity of a life-time.

This half-day introductory programme provides just enough actionable material to get bankers started, if they have not already, or move them further along if they have, started their ESG journey.

We will be discussing whether ESG risk is separate from credit risk, or is simply an extension of it. We will see what good ESG disclosure looks like – and what it doesn’t. We will evaluate regulatory approaches in the ESG space to see how far banking has come in ESG and what may be yet to come.

Session Review:

  • Does the presence of ESG exposure increase loan credit risk? Does it increase cure costs on the part of the borrower? The first session explains how everything has changed in a world that is, superficially at least, the same.
  • The second session outlines the disclosure requirements for borrowers, as well as for banks. It then transitions into a discussion of ESG due diligence and how bankers can avoid falling prey to corporate “green washing”.
  • The third session discusses bank regulation and initiatives taken to incorporate ESG. Here are examples of direct legislation (EU), recommendations to bank regulators (BCBS) and recommendations to accounting oversight bodies (IFRS).

Learning Objectives

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the ESG risk environment banks are required to navigate
  • discuss the main ESG disclosure initiatives that are currently required for corporates and banks
  • outline the main ESG regulatory initiatives that do, or will, influence banking and bank lending

Who Should Attend

  • Credit analysts
  • Corporate bankers
  • Corporate relationship officers
  • Industry specialists
  • Client support managers
  • Loan administration officers
  • Credit risk managers
  • Compliance managers
  • Other corporate bankers operating in the ESG space


  • Session 1 – RISK – ESG and Credit Risk
    • Common cost/return perceptions – past and present
    • Types of ESG risk – on-going risk vs event risk
    • Risk domains: Environment, Social and Governance criteria
  • Session 2 – DISCLOSURE - Corporate and Bank ESG Disclosure
    • Implications of the TCFD recommendations
    • Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB)
    • Corporate reporting and self-assessment
  • Session 3 – REGULATION - Regulation and Compliance
    • EBA proposals for supervising credit institutions
    • BCBS Task Force on Climate Risk
    • IFRS Sustainability Standards Board

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction and illustrative examples
  • The program is highly interactive and will encourage participation through exercises and case studies that the delegates will solve individually or in small work-groups. These activities are designed to allow delegates to practise and to consolidate the concepts that will be discussed during the lectured sessions of the program.
  • The program will focus on the practical realities of the market, rather than taking an excessively mathematical or academic approach.
  • All participants receive comprehensive electronic course notes, including presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.


Our seminars take place in professional conference facilities, usually situated within a carefully chosen and well-located hotel. We use prestigious brands such as Radisson Blu, Hilton and Marriott.

Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Refreshments and lunch are provided at our events.

CPE/CPD Accreditation

IASeminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Field of study: Accounting


The ‘Introduction to ESG Bank Lending’ course has no formal requirements for attending.