An educational hub about sustainability and investment developed by our experts

Welcome to the Federated Hermes Academy – an educational hub developed by our experts for our clients and prospects seeking to understand responsible investing and how the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and stewardship can help create long-term wealth sustainably.

From the basics of ESG and stewardship to impact investing and advocacy, we will equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the landscape of acronyms and approaches used across the investment industry and discern genuine integration from greenwashing.

Sustainability seminars

Our sustainability seminars are CPD accredited and one-hour long. Please note our seminars can be tailored to your specific requirements. If you’d like bespoke sustainability and investment training, please contact your sales representative. Otherwise, please secure your place by registering for the modules below.

Access engaging sessions from our successful Season One of the Academy which we signed off in 2021.

The net-zero imperative

Mitch Reznick, Head of Sustainable Fixed Income, Credit, and Louise Dudley, Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

While 90% of the global economy has now pledged net zero carbon emissions over the next 30 to 50 years, ambitions still fall short of the goals laid out in Paris Climate Accords. Even after 2021’s COP26 climate change conference, updated government pledges would put the world on a 1.8°C post-industrial warming trajectory, according to estimates from the International Energy Agency.

Although the exact route to net zero remains unclear, the imperative for investors is not: only a massive combined effort by all stakeholders can achieve a 1.5 °C pathway.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the backdrop to the climate crisis
  • Explore what needs to be done to avert catastrophic global warming
  • Learn about the role of active management in mitigating CO2 emissions


9.00 BST / 10.00 CEST / 16.00 SGT

All together now: Why social inclusion matters

Martin Todd, Portfolio Manager, European Equities and EOS

Social inclusion is the foundation for shared prosperity. In its absence, inequality thrives and poverty gains a foothold.

With a world subject to massive social transformation, rising urbanisation, climate change, seismic shifts in technology and transformative demographics, the question of inclusion sits at the heart of everything we do as responsible investors.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how social exclusion undermines prosperity
  • Explore how social inclusion has the potential to transform global GDP
  • Learn what investors can do to bring about change.


09.00 BST / 10.00 CEST / 16.00 SGT

A design for life: Building better through sustainable real estate

Kirsty Wilman, Real Estate Finance

According to the World Economic Forum, the real estate sector consumes over 40% of global energy each year, buildings are responsible for 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the construction industry consumes c.40% of the world’s raw materials annually.¹

Against this backdrop, it’s little wonder that sustainable real estate is considered a critical element in achieving momentum towards the world’s net zero ambitions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the carbon challenge facing the real estate sector
  • Explore paths to remediating the industry’s carbon footprint
  • Learn how investors in real estate can engage with stakeholders and advocate for more sustainable approaches

¹ World Economic Forum: ‘Environmental Sustainability Principles for the Real Estate Industry’.


09.00 GMT / 10.00 CET / 17.00 SGT

Sustained thinking: our ESG knowledge hub

Our knowledge hub brings together the latest insights from our experts and thought leaders on sustainable investing.

ESG investing - how Covid-19 accelerated the social awakening
Pricing ESG in credit markets
We can all get along
(part I): Why bondholders and long-term shareholders can jointly engage companies
We can all get along
(part II): How bondholders can engage companies for the benefit of all stakeholders
ABS analysis: through the ESG lens
The why question
Stewardship: the 2020 vision
Shareholder engagement and its effects on target companies
Responsibility Report 2020
Direct lending uncovering the private nature of ESG
Pricing ESG in sovereign credit: an emerging market
Pricing ESG in sovereign credit

The Circular

Keeping you in the sustainability loop

From thought leadership to press features, we capture our recent sustainability-related insights in our quarterly newsletter The Circular.

Our definitions

What do we mean by ESG leaders, active ownership and SDG investing? We provide definitions that we stand by.

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