Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Sustainable Finance: Building the Business of the 21st Century

Western University


Winter 2020

Prof. Diane-Laure Arjaliès


Group projects

This elective will shed light on the reality and plausibility of putting the financial sector at the service of society. Finance is arguably one of the most important sectors today. It is an industry which, not only due to its complexity but also due to its damaged reputation in the recent crisis can potentially provide real solutions to pressing social concerns despite its seeming to be a most unlikely candidate.

The course is designed so as to follow the money through the investment chain. We will explore how the flow of capital travels from the savers to the corporations in which the money is ultimately invested. Throughout, we will reflect on the potential flaws in the system and how to address them.