Sustainable Finance – what’s the deal?

Increasing climate and transition risks are compelling leading financial institutions to question the sustainability of current business practices. This challenges the sector to utilize its influence in directing capital to a greener economy, opening up questions within the field of what is a green and sustainable economy. The question is whether the methods and models of conventional finance are sufficient, or if they simply contribute to greenwashing existing investment practices and portfolio management?

In this seminar, Rethinking Economics BI and BI Norwegian Business School invites you to a stimulating discussion on the future of finance. We will investigate the role that sustainable finance plays in the ‘race to zero’ while also preserving the natural environment for future generations. Are current finance models and the theories that underpin them, cut for the scale and urgency of the challenges we face? Will redirecting capital be enough to meet current climate and environmental commitments? More broadly, how do we move business practices in a more sustainable direction?

To answer these questions we have gathered a highly competent panel of academics, investors and financial analyst. The event opens with a keynote from Mr. Martin Skancke, chairman of the Principles for Responsible Investment, board member at Storebrand ASA and Norfund and member of the FSB Task Force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD). Mr. Skancke was also head of the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2011, with responsibility for overseeing the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.

Due to current covid restrictions, registration for physical attendance ahead of the event is mandatory and limited to 100 participants.



Practical information

  • Time:Tuesday, September 14, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Location:Campus Oslo, auditorium B1-020 + online digital stream
  • Price:Free
  • Contact:Olav Bjerke Soldal (olav.b.soldal@bi.no)

Infection control and Covid-19

All events at BI are carried out in accordance with current guidelines for infection control. We ask that all participants and guests help limit potential infection by:

  • Not attending events if you have symptoms, even mild ones, or if you are in quarantine/isolation
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene. There are dispensers with disinfection at all entrances, and toilets
  • Keep social distance of one meter

We reserve the right to change or cancel the event, if the infection situation has changed, or if new regulations prevents us from executing the event as planned. More about FHIs guidelines for events can be found via this link.



  • Time
  • Title
  • Introduction

  • Keynote on ‘tools for climate and green investing’

    • Chairman Martin Skancke
  • Panel debate on the future of finance

  • Student challenges to panelists

  • Q&A

  • Conclusion