Invest in your knowledge

Vlerick Business School

In October 2021, Columbia Threadneedle investment became a member of the “Centre for Sustainable Finance”, part of the Asset Management Academy of Vlerick Business School.
The mission of the Vlerick Centre for Sustainable Finance is to advance knowledge and understanding among its students of sustainability to support the financial services industry in its decision making. The Centre for Sustainable Finance offers its members, a unique knowledge platform and access to research findings, both relevant to the sustainable finance ecosystem, as well as the opportunity to share the best sustainable investment practices.
This collaboration brings experts from Vlerick Business Schools and investment experts from Columbia Threadneedle to talk about different topics and industries from a sustainable finance perspective. Please see below the list of future and past events.
Check our press release for more information about this collaboration. Also in Dutch and French.

Significant returns and sustainable outcomes – Europe has the edge

Experts from Vlerick Business School and Columbia Threadneedle Investments gave insights into the natural harmony of significant returns and sustainable outcomes and why Europe has the edge.

ESG has come to the forefront of investing, and nowhere more so than in Europe – rightly so given our concerns over the environment and heightened awareness of social and governance issues. No longer should this be seen as an alternative to strong financial returns. Focused ESG research can unearth robust commercial benefits and new and growing sources of exceptional profitability – and Europe has a head start over other areas.

Invest in your knowledge ‘Healthcare’

In the first online ‘Invest in your knowledge’ session experts from Vlerick Business School and Columbia Threadneedle Investments gave a broad view on the healthcare sector. Jan de Bondt provided a macroeconomic overview, professor Walter Van Dyck discussed the healthcare sector in details and Scott Woods shared his philosophy of how to invest in this sector.

Significant returns and sustainable outcomes – Europe has the edge

Experts from Vlerick Business School and Columbia Threadneedle Investments gave insights into the natural harmony of significant returns and sustainable outcomes and why Europe has the edge.

ESG has come to the forefront of investing, and nowhere more so than in Europe – rightly so given our concerns over the environment and heightened awareness of social and governance issues. No longer should this be seen as an alternative to strong financial returns. Focused ESG research can unearth robust commercial benefits and new and growing sources of exceptional profitability – and Europe has a head start over other areas.

Invest in your knowledge ‘Healthcare’

In the first online ‘Invest in your knowledge’ session experts from Vlerick Business School and Columbia Threadneedle Investments gave a broad view on the healthcare sector. Jan de Bondt provided a macroeconomic overview, professor Walter Van Dyck discussed the healthcare sector in details and Scott Woods shared his philosophy of how to invest in this sector.

Fit for 55: what’s the market impact

19 May, 16:30 – 20:00 CET, LE LOUISE Hotel Brussels

1,5 FSMA education credits

It has been a tumultuous start to 2022, with the tragic Russia/Ukraine conflict not only reminding us of the fragility of life, but also, as investment professionals, focusing our thoughts on the global nature of the world, financial and energy security, inflation and interconnectedness. At the same time, we cannot forget that the planet is facing a global climate emergency.

In Europe this has seen the publication of the EU’s Fit for 55 roadmap to ensure its climate and energy laws fit the ambition of a 55% cut in emissions by 2030, which could become law this year. 

Experts from Vlerick Business School and Columbia Threadneedle will give you insights into what all of this means, the sustainable themes that have emerged as a result, and how portfolio managers can go about stocking picking in Europe and beyond to take advantage of these opportunities.

Invest in your knowledge now and earn 1,5 FSMA education credits. We have limited seats, so first come, first served.