World’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for sustainable and responsible investing provided by Dubai International Financial Centre

  • Programme will be offered through DIFC Academy and powered by Candriam, a recognised pioneer and leader in sustainable investing
  • Candriam Academy will offer eight modules accredited by the Dubai Legal Affairs Department

Dubai, UAE, 12th January 2021: As part of Dubai’s commitment to be the region’s most sustainable financial city and to develop human capital skills needed for the future, DIFC Academy has partnered with Candriam Academy to offer the world’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for sustainable and responsible investing.

The partnership between the DIFC and Candriam is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 to build a competitive knowledge-based economy by developing local capabilities and investing in education.

Candriam is a recognised pioneer and leader in sustainable investing, integrating ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) factors across all its investment processes and managing more than $50 billion in pure ESG funds and mandate managing. It is also an affiliate of New York Life Investments, which ranks amongst the biggest asset managers in the world.

Candriam launched the Candriam Academy in 2017 to raise awareness, education and knowledge on the topic of sustainable investing via an innovative online platform of inspiring and actionable content and materials. Free of charge and open to all, the Candriam Academy already counts 5,550 members from 30 countries.

The programme consists of eight modules which have been accredited by the Dubai Legal Affairs Department. This partnership will enable the DIFC community to deepen their understanding of investments in a more sustainable world.

Alya Al Zarouni, Executive Vice President of Operations and Head of DIFC Academy, DIFC Authority said: “DIFC is playing a central role for Dubai becoming the region’s most sustainable financial city and shaping the future of finance. Our collaboration with Candriam will help us achieve these ambitions whilst equipping the next generation of talent with the necessary skills to lead the transformation of the financial sector.”

“We look forward to working with Candriam and supporting local talent while enhancing our knowledge-based economy in the country,” added Al Zarouni.

David Czupryna, Head of ESG Development at Candriam commented: “As our world faces rising environmental, social and economic disruptions, the need for solutions accelerating sustainable change has never been so critical. Investors and the financial sector at large have a central role to play in allocating capital differently, thus developing a sustainable and responsible economy. We are pleased to be partnering with DIFC Academy and look forward to sharing our expertise on responsible investing with members of DIFC’s community.”

About Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of USD 7.7 trillion.

With a 16-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 25,000 professionals working across over 2,500 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.

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CANDRIAM (which stands for “Convictions AND Responsibility In Asset Management”) is a global multi-asset manager and a recognized pioneer and leader in sustainable investing. CANDRIAM has approximately 144 billion of assets under management with a team of more than 600 professionals. It operates management offices in, Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg and London, serving clients in more than 20 countries on 4 continents. CANDRIAM offers innovative and diversified investment solutions in bonds, equities, absolute performance strategies and asset allocation.

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