Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics is the world leader in sustainable finance. The Finance Department is internationally recognised for the cutting-edge research it was doing in this field long before it landed on the agenda of America’s Ivy League schools and other European institutions. Our sustainable finance experts also founded two leading research platforms: the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Both collaborate with pension funds, rating agencies, corporations, and regulators to conduct research and develop tools that matter to practitioners.
European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE)
ECCE is the world’s leading research institute on sustainable finance and responsible investing. ECCE offers high-quality research on the implicaitons of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues for the valuation of different assets in the financial market. Moreover, ECCE studies the different ways investors can engage with the companies they are invested in.
The research group consistently receives public endorsement from institutional investors around the world and has been awarded various prestigious research grants and prizes, such as those of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley (Moskowitz Prize), the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing, the Mistra foundation (Sweden), and the French Social Investment Forum.
ECCE closely communicates and cooperates with large institutional investors. Industry partners include pension funds, major banks, mutual fund companies and rating agencies.
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
Several members of the Finance Department at Maastricht University are responsible for the first real estate sustainability benchmark. GRESB is assesses the sustainability performance of public, private, and direct real estate portfolios worldwide. Institutional investors can apply this benchmark to select their investments or engage real estate investment firms with the goal of improving the sustainability performance of their investment portfolios and property sector.