SME Green Finance Forum: Sustainability as strategic imperative and the role of capital markets

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29/07/2022, 10:00-12:30

Online event / Attendance is free, but registration is required (please click here)

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in achieving the aspirational net-zero targets set by governments and political unions. As such, we have entered a period of transition where the allocation of capital requires structural change and the responsibility of stakeholders ought to be revisited. While the contribution of SMEs in achieving sustainable and inclusive economies and societies has become a strategic imperative, it is well documented that the environment under which SMEs operate has become more hostile. Yet it is certainty lenders are looking for and this leaves us with the question how capital markets and SMEs can co-evolve and achieve sustainable growth.

The purpose of this event is to present expert views on SME finance and discuss:
– The role of financial institutions in supporting SMEs
– Climate policy uncertainty and emerging issues
– Financial innovation and alternative sources of finance
– Challenges for private sector and academia
Among the speakers are Per Linus Siming, Professor of Financial Markets & Institutions and Vice Dean for Research at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), Henry Schäfer, Professor of Finance at University of Stuttgart (Germany), and Dr Yukun Shi, Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Glasgow.

Contact for further information: Dr Elmar Puntaier, School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University, elmar.puntaier@coventry.ac.uk

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