The Department of Finance and Business Economics of FBA successfully held the Sustainable Finance Forum on Nov 23, 2023, which is co-organized with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Singapore Management University.

The world is undergoing profound changes and the need for sustainable finance has never been more urgent. Policymakers, businesses, and financial institutions today find themselves increasingly dealing with the challenges and opportunities associated with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, such as climate change, social inequality, and resource depletion. Investors are also moving beyond traditional financial returns to actively engage in addressing these societal and environmental issues. These shifts have given rise to the concept of sustainable finance, which aims to raise the ethical standards and social responsibilities of financial capital, supporting environmental protection and fostering social development.

In light of this, the Sustainable Finance Forum was held at UM on Nov 23, 2023. The Forum included six panel discussion sessions that accommodated active dialogues, idea exchanges, practice experience sharing, and collaborations on innovative solutions that will drive the agenda of sustainable finance. More than 20 senior academics and industry experts were invited as guest speakers across Asia, reflecting the goal of bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Prof. Jun Yu, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, delivered the opening speech and expressed a warm welcome to all guest speakers and participants. The guest speakers shared their views/practices and held discussions on various topics on the frontiers of sustainable finance, including transition finance, blended finance, impact investing, the role of alternative data in sustainable finance, green financing, biodiversity finance, and public ESG investments. Prof. Wenjin Kang, the Head of the Department of Finance and Business Economics (FBE), gave the closing remark to thank all the guests and participants and to conclude the successful organization of the Forum.

The organizing committee at UM includes Prof. Wenjin Kang, Prof. Xiaoqing Fu, and Prof. Endong Yang. They would like to express their gratitude to the University and the Faculty for their strong support. Special thanks also went to Prof. Shuaishuai Gong, Prof. Xiaorong Ma, Prof. Tao Chen, Prof. Zhenjiang Qin, Calvin, Kelmen, Tina, Peggy, Rex, Sterling, Sally, Albee, Remington, and Ph.D. students from the FBE department for making this forum successful.