Executive Education


“Sustainable Business and Investing” will address the implementation of sustainability strategies into general business and specific investment decisions. Incorporation of sustainability aspects into business making is not only requested by regulators worldwide, but helps to reduce long-term and often extreme risks and caters to customers’ and investors’ demands.

The class will cover the origins of the global sustainability movement, the development of corporate sustainable strategies and best practice examples for implementing these strategies. In addition, the class will present the relevant regulatory developments, for instance in the area of sustainability reporting. Participants will learn to assess firms based on their sustainability policy and evaluate sustainable investment strategies and financial products. Group discussions provide an opportunity to share insights with regard to the potential future development of sustainability on financial markets and its role for the stability of financial systems.

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Ludmila Ketterer

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This course is offered in the part-time Master in Finance program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program. Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Upon completion of this course, YOU will:

know the main elements of sustainability strategies and understand the role of a sustainable corporate governance for implementing them

heighten your awareness with regard to materiality in the complex field of ESG

learn about the data sources to evaluate corporate sustainability

understand the main sustainable investing strategies and financial products

gain information on the role that sustainability plays for the stability of the financial system


Most common classical and modern ethical theories

Practical application of ethical decision-making framework

Behavioral and situational impacts affecting ethical decision-making

Application of CFA Institute’s Standards of Professional Conduct

Conflicts of Interest, Fiduciary Duty, Limitations of Regulation


Prof. Dr. Christina E. Bannier

Prof. Dr. Christina E. Bannier holds the Chair of Banking and Finance at Giessen University and is Head of the Sustainable Governance Lab. Previously, she held professorships at Gutenberg University Mainz, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Leibniz University Hannover.

In addition to her academic activities, Christina Bannier is spokesperson of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Evangelische Bank, a member of the Supervisory Board of Clearstream Banking AG, a member of the Board of the German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA), and a member of the Working Group on Guidelines for Sustainable Executive Board Compensation. Together with Julia Redenius-Hövermann, she heads the expert group for the development of sustainable governance guidelines for SMEs.

Christina Bannier is co-editor of ESGZ, the Journal of Business Economics, and the Global Finance Journal, and serves as a reviewer for various international academic journals and associations. Her work and research focuses on sustainable governance, sustainable finance, corporate governance, compliance / AML, and asset management.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee*

€ 950 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 400.

*Withdrawal and fee refund
In case the course withdrawal request is received two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain a withdrawal fee of €50. In case the course withdrawal request is received less than two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain 50% of the payment made.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Fri., Jun 23, 2023 13:00 - 15:00, 15:30 - 17:30
Fri., Jul 7, 2023 13:00 - 15:00, 15:30 - 17:30
Fri., Jul 14, 2023 13:00 - 15:00, 15:30 - 17:30

There are two main things which make returning for Open Programs such a valuable and worthwhile experience. The first is being back on campus – meeting the current students, returning to campus again, the whole experience was just so pleasant. The second is the level of quality in the courses – the faculty teaching are absolute experts.

Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009


This Open Program will be offered in the Summer semester 2023
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