Yunus Social Business Centre Conference

in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Finance (2022).

October 6th – 7th, 2022 – Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Forlì Campus.


The Yunus Social Business Centre and the Department of Management at the University of Bologna are organizing the first edition of the Sustainable and Socially Responsible Finance Conference that will take place in person on October 6th and 7th. 

Socially responsible investing refers to investment strategies that generate positive financial returns and do good for society. The responsible and impact investing market has significantly grown in the last years. Still, many concerns remain over greenwashing, inadequate regulations, and lack of common metrics to measure social change by the financial industry.

Moreover, climate change poses a significant risk for financial institutions, non-financial firms, and households. To name a few, energy, transportation, and financial services firms are directly and indirectly affected by global warming and the transitional risks. How to finance the sustainability transition and guarantee a positive return for shareholders remains an open question. 


Conference Goals

The Conference aims at bringing together leading academics, practitioners and policy-makers, and provide the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research on the following significant challenges:

  • Can the sustainable and impact investing securities meet the growing sustainable financial needs?
  • Which asset pricing methods can be proposed to value innovative financial tools, such as social impact bonds and crowdfunding? 
  • What is the role of policy-makers in promoting green, impact, and sustainable finance?
  • Is there a role for fintech in the sustainable finance industry? 
  • How can behavioral aspects influence the choice of sustainable investment opportunities?

We solicit papers in the following areas, but other related areas may also be considered:

  • Sustainable finance
  • Impact investing
  • Financial intermediaries and their role in the sustainability transition
  • Finance for social enterprises
  • Regulation of sustainable finance
  • Sustainable finance and the energy transition
  • Sustainable finance and fintech
  • Sustainable finance and behavioral finance
  • Social and sustainable business models