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CII works with International Association for Sustainable Economy

Publication date:

20 July 2020

Last updated:

20 July 2020


Chartered Insurance Institute

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has revealed how it will work with the International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) to create ESG qualifications.

The CII will join the association’s board and academic committee to help to create the content for exams exploring environmental, social and corporate governance.

The International Association for Sustainable Economy launched today (20 July) with an aim to urge governments worldwide to align their economic aid and Covid-19 recovery efforts with the latest climate science and to issue ESG certification to candidates with multiple professional profiles.

IASE expects to offer the certification of professionalism in ESG knowledge via official online exams during the fourth quarter of 2020.

IASE will begin its activity with a presence in more than 25 countries, providing coverage and services to more than 2/3 of the world's population, and intends to continue growing, expanding the geographies in which it will be present.

Based in London, IASE is chaired by Javier Manzanares Allen, who currently holds the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund.

Mr Allen said: "IASE seeks to be the reference in ESG at an international level that aspires to deepen the sustainable development of our society by certifying professionals in ESG matters and in an environment of continuous innovation.

"The association will initially have two types of certification, the first (International Sustainable Finance) aimed at the financial sector, with specialisations in the banking, insurance, savings banks and microfinance sector, and the second (International Sustainable Business) aimed at the business sector.”

Keith Richards, managing director of engagement at the CII, said: “ESG considerations have been growing in prominence within the institutional market for a good number of years and this is starting to flow into the retail market.

“The IASE qualifications will be designed in collaboration with highly experienced ESG professionals from multiple geographies and industries around the world.

“We look forward to working with IASE to help shape qualifications that improve understanding of the different responsible investment approaches and the green finance market.”

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