​The introduction of the 12 Sustainable Finance Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) aims to bolster the Skills Framework for Financial Services by setting out specialised set of sustainable finance knowledge and abilities for the financial industry.

The Sustainable Finance TSCs cover a range of thematic and functional skills that financial sector professionals need to be equipped with to effectively perform their responsibilities in sustainable finance roles. 

​What is the Sustainable Finance Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs)?

The Sustainable Finance TSCs include thematic topics such as climate change management, natural capital management, carbon markets and decarbonisation strategies management and taxonomies application, which will equip an individual with a broad understanding of sustainability issues. The TSCs also cover functional knowledge such as sustainability investment management, sustainability risk management, sustainable insurance and re-insurance solutions and applications that are tailored for different financial sector roles. 

​Sustainable Finance Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs)

Thematic Sustainable Finance TSCs
TSC TSC Description
Carbon Markets and Decarbonisation Strategies Management
Lead organisation's strategy and policies in response to current and projected carbon policy, market developments and decarbonisation strategies, and provide support for the organisation and clients in their efforts to decarbonise and become net-zero
Climate Change Management
Synthesise information on climate change and climate policy developments to shape the organisation's strategies and policies, products and/or services
Natural Capital Management Develop market research on natural capital and lead organisation's strategies and policies in response to natural capital policy and market developments, to support decision making and organisational dealings
Taxonomy Application Analyse and shape organisation's strategy, policies, practices and relevant business activities in response to key domestic, regional and global taxonomies that classify green and transition economic activities
Functional Sustainable Finance TSCs
TSC TSC Description
Impact Indicators, Measurement and Reporting
Analyse, monitor and report impact of sustainability actions and lead the organisation in setting impact mission and targets for the organisation or customers
Non-Financial Industry Sustainability Developments Synthesise sustainability-related risks, opportunities and market developments of the non-financial industries, and their impact and application to the organisation and the financial sector
Sustainable Insurance and Re-Insurance Solutions and Applications Develop new and/or existing sustainable insurance and/or re-insurance solutions which are aligned with international best practices and support customers in improving their sustainability performance over time
Sustainable Investment Management
Lead organisation's strategies on sustainable investment and implement sustainable investment concepts and approaches on portfolio management 
Sustainable Lending Instruments Structuring Structure key sustainable lending instruments, which includes bonds, loans, project and trade financing, derivatives, blended finance and develop incentive mechanism to encourage adoption of these instruments
Sustainability Reporting
Lead development of organisation's sustainability reporting and accounting policies and processes in line with regulatory requirements and international best practices
Sustainability Risk Management Develop frameworks, strategies and policies for managing sustainability risks for the organisation to minimise and mitigate risks and the impact both upon and by the organisation
Sustainability Stewardship Development
Lead the development of the organisation's stewardship strategy, focus areas, policies and practices, and implement stewardship to achieve organisation's investment and sustainability goals


​Who will require these Sustainable Finance Skills? 

Banks, asset managers and insurers will have the flexibility to select the relevant TSCs according to upskilling or hiring needs. 

These TSCs may apply to:
  • Financial sector professionals in job roles within Sales, Distribution and Relationship Management, Product Solutioning and Management, Operations, Risk Compliance and Legal. Click here for examples of the applicable job roles.
  • Sustainable Finance professionals such as Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainability Reporting and Investor Relations, Advocacy and Stewardship, Sustainability Product Specialists

​How can the Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) be used?

  • Training providers and Financial Institutions can use the TSCs to design and develop training curriculum to equip the workforce with the relevant skillsets and address skills demand
  • Individuals/Professionals can reference the specific knowledge and skills as a guide to upskill, pivot into or progress in the relevant financial sector sustainability roles.