Finance for Sustainability

This course explores two questions: how can firms gain access to finance for sustainability, and how can the global financial system be made more sustainable? The focus is on the financial environment of the firm, both internal and external. Corporate finance topics include corporate governance and capital budgeting; project and firm level valuation; stock and option valuation including portfolio theory; debt and equity; and sources of financing. The course then explores the broader financial landscape, with a focus on financial markets, market players, risk management and systemic risk.

After completing the course, students will be better able to:
  • Describe how forecasted future cash flows inform both capital-budgeting and asset valuation
  • Understand how risk and variance factor into the cost of capital and asset valuation, and implement simple hedging strategies
  • Assess the risks and benefits of debt financing
  • Characterize major financial markets
  • Explain the recurring nature of financial crisis, major strategies for reform, and business level strategies for mitigating risk

Current Course Descriptions

  • Principles of Sustainable Management (POSM)
  • Economics for Decision-making
  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Accounting and the Integrated Bottom Line
  • NYCLab
  • Globalization and Emerging Markets
  • Operations and Supply Chains
  • Finance for Sustainability
  • Customers and Marketing
  • Data, Analytics, and Decisions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leading Change in Organizations
  • Strategy for Sustainability
  • Employees and Organizations
  • Circular Value Chain Management
  • Sustaining a Mission-Driven Organization
  • ImpactLab: Defining the Future of Finance
  • Business and Sustainable Development
  • Capstone