May 2021

We are pleased to share with you our second Newsletter that will keep you informed about what is being done in Barcelona Center Financer Europeu for Sustainability (BCFE4S), the essential project in the strategy of
Barcelona Centre Financer Europeu (BCFE) that, as member of Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S), aims to promote Barcelona as a relevant center for sustainable finance, investment and ESG financing, as well as contribute to the purposes of Europe and the United Nations for an ecological transition and the fight against climate change.
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Barcelona Center Financer Europeu
The next few days, from 05.25.21 to 05.27.21, the Innovate for Climate 2021 Congress, organized by the World Bank, will take place online. This Congress, due to its broad content and the high level of the participating speakers, provides the opportunity to know the opinion of world experts on everything related to Sustainability and Climate Change.

BCFE4S organizes the workshop "FC4S: International Cooperation of Financial Centers for Climate Action" on 05.25.21 at 15:30 CEST. The Workshop will introduce the achievements of the
Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) Network, its plans for the next years and its links and partnerships with other initiatives to improve connectivity of financial centers and its hinterland economies, including both private and public sectors committed to mobilize finance to address the climate challenges. In particular it will emphasize the priorities and results of spreading sustainable finance in emerging economies.
If you want to register you must follow the following steps:
  1. Click the "REGISTER NOW" button that appears at the top left of the following link:
  2. Fill the form.
  3. Once registered, you will receive two emails: one instantly that will welcome you, and another within 48 hours of registering that will allow you to view more information on the sessions and the Congress, speakers and resources as well as begin to personalize your own agenda.
  4. When you have received the second email, click on the "JOIN HERE" button on that email and follow the steps indicated.
  5. Once you have completed point 4, click on the following link to access the workshop "FC4S: International Cooperation of Financial Centers for Climate Action":
(Click '+ Reserve spot'. The link of the session will appear on the website
1 minute before the session starts. You just need to click into the
session when it is due to start and there will be a button to join.)

"Con la entrada en vigor, el pasado 10 de marzo, (...) del Reglamento Europeo sobre la divulgación de información relativa a la sostenibilidad, ha llegado la hora de la verdad para las finanzas sostenibles y, en particular, para la incorporación plena de los criterios ESG en la labor que realizan los asesores financieros con sus clientes." Read more
Josep Soler, La implantación del ESG y el asesoramiento financiero, 16/04/2021 - 16:43

EFPA España has launched the EFPA ESG Advisor™ Certification, a certificate that offers a complete vision of sustainable finance (ESG) and is aimed at all professionals interested in complementing their certified knowledge and skills and / or obtaining a solid knowledge in this sector , specifically for financial advice and financial planning, acquiring a mark in relation to ESG factors for the distribution of financial products and services, taking into account what it implies and how it is affecting the financial markets.
This certificate in Advice on Sustainable Finance is characterized by having European recognition and validity by EFPA and being a certification conceived and proposed for financial advisers and planners.
The association does not provide preparatory training for the exams, but it does have accredited training centers, which have been previously evaluated by the Accreditation and Certification Committee. They approve that the program they develop as well as their level of teaching staff and training manual achieve with the training requirements and fulfillment of the programs demanded at European level. Accredited training centers have the EFPA España certification seal and are authorized to use registered trademarks to promote their courses. In Barcelona, ​​the EFPA ESG Advisor accredited training center is the Institut d’Estudis Financers (IEF), which teaches a preparatory course for the EFPA ESG Advisor exams.
Sustainable Finance Course for Financial Advice, EFPA ESG Advisor:
  • Blended methodology (40h online and 15h face-to-face / streaming focused on preparing the certification exam) - More information
  • Online methodology (40 hours of classes through the IEF Campus with self-study modality) - More information
As we already informed you in the last Newsletter, in the run-up to COP26, Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) published the Sustainable Finance Market Update Series. The first edition is already published in the Newsletter April 2021 in Spanish and English, while the second edition is only published in English.

FC4S has published the second edition in Spanish and English!
The three remaining reports in the series will be published soon. Such reports will cover Sustainable Finance in Banking, Sustainable Finance in Capital Markets and Sustainable Finance among Insurance Providers.
On 22nd April of 2021, MarketsMedia published the article EU Sustainable Taxonomy Is Step in Right Direction written by Shanny Basar in which explain many of the measures that the European Commission has adopted and different advances in the field of sustainable finance and the taxonomy of the European Union.
As we already informed you, on 21st April, the Bank of Spain organized the webinar The Effect of Climate Change on Sovereign Creditworthiness.
You can see it by clicking the video or you can click the following link for more information!
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