ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) performance and its impact
: which role will financial institutions play in order to build a more sustainable access to financial loans and other forms of credit in the future?

  • Nick Lambertz (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In the context of a more responsible, sustainable economy, the concept of Sustainable Financeis gaining more and more of attention. Despite the increasing research, the concept lacks clarityregarding its implementation. The present research aims to analyse the implications of ESG metrics and its performance on the refinancing situation of companies additionally to questions on which role financial institutions will play hereby. Data has been collected through a comprehensive review of the literature, complemented by interviews with senior experts ofmore sustainable-driven financial institutions (Banks, the largest stock exchange, ESG data consultancy). The analysis reveals the necessity of clear, practical guidelines for a transformation of impact measurements into a combination of revenue, value, and impact metrics. Additionally, refinancing requires a long-term focus, customer centricity and a highdegree of transparency.
Date of Award26 Jan 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Supervisor Rui Nuno Tavares de Almeida Moreira da Cruz (Supervisor)


  • ESG Metrics & performance
  • Responsible business
  • Sustainable finance
  • Purpose
  • Financial access
  • Credit
  • Refinancing


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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