EFFAS Newsletter - Febrero 2024

Dear Members and Friends of EFFAS,
I am once again thrilled to highlight a momentous occasion in the realm of ESG analysis: the inaugural CESGA Congress, set to convene in Madrid on April 3rd and 4th. This event marks a significant milestone, bringing together over 6,000 CESGA certificate holders from across 20 countries, a testament to the widespread recognition and impact of our ESG training programs.

We are honored to have Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, a leading figure in ESG academia, our CESGA Academic Director and Member of EFRAG’s Sustainability Reporting Board (SRB), as one of our distinguished speakers. His session on «The Future of the ESG Analyst» promises to shed light on the evolving landscape of ESG analysis and the growing demand for skilled professionals in sustainable business practices.
Prof. Dr. Bassen will not only take part in the CESGA Congress, but he will also join the CESGA Summit in Hong Kong, which you can now register for and watch online.

We are also excited to open registrations for the EFFAS ESG Essentials and DiAM exam sessions on June 24th, aimed at enhancing professional skills in ESG issues and digital asset management, reflecting the evolving needs of the financial industry.

Furthermore, I am honored to be reappointed to the IFRS Advisory Council, alongside Javier de Frutos’s appointment to the PIOB Stakeholder Advisory Council, positions that allow us to contribute to global financial standards and practices.

These efforts are testament to our dedication to seamlessly integrating ESG principles into financial analysis, in line with global sustainability objectives.

Jesús López Zaballos, Chair of EFFAS.

1. The Programme is here! 
More than 6k CESGA Holders invited to gather in the first CESGA Congress in Madrid. 3 & 4 of April.

Over the past ten years, the CESGA certificate has emerged as the gold standard in ESG training for analysts. By the close of 2023, this certification has been awarded to over 6,000 professionals across 20 countries, evidencing its widespread acceptance and recognition. This achievement highlights not just the individual success of the certificate holders but also the significant role these professionals play in shaping the future of ESG.
Among the esteemed speakers, we have Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, CESGA Academic Director and Member of EFRAG’s Sustainability Reporting Board (SRB).

📅 Highlight Session: 15.00 SESSION 6 – THE FUTURE OF THE ESG ANALYST

This session, led by Prof. Dr. Bassen, will explore the evolving role of ESG analysts in today’s rapidly changing landscape. As sustainable business practices become more prevalent, the demand for skilled ESG professionals is skyrocketing across numerous sectors. This talk will delve into the skills that are becoming increasingly essential for ESG analysts and how this surge in demand is crafting a new and dynamic profession.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the future of ESG analysis and network with leading professionals in the field. See you in Madrid!

2. Breaking News! You can now attend the EFFAS CESGA Summit in Asia Virtually.

We are excited to announce the upcoming visit of the EFFAS Board Delegation to Hong Kong in early March.

Join us virtually at the prestigious EFFAS Summit: Pioneering Sustainability Policy and Regulatory Development on 4th March. Our EFFAS Board, including Dr. Jesús López Zaballos, Chair of EFFAS and our officiating guest, Ms. Salina Mei Mei Yan, JP, Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Government of the HKSAR, will be our honored guests at this highly anticipated summit.

During the summit, we will delve into the latest advancements in sustainable finance through a dedicated plenary session titled «Global & EU Sustainability Policy & Regulatory Development in Motion».

Professor Alexander Bassen, EFFAS CESGA Academic Director, will also offer his insights, demonstrating how the CESGA’s distinctive analytical tools can enhance competencies in sustainable finance and investment.

Don’t miss this exceptional chance to learn from EFFAS’s expertise and delve into case studies demonstrating how strategic policy influences financial outcomes. Engage with us in the crucial dialogue that is forging a sustainable financial future.

Register Now! Please fill in the form: https://forms.gle/138VKAcpaUxqUEEX8 or scan the QR code.
It’s fantastic you’ll be joining us online! Anticipating a great virtual meetup!

3. Reappointed members: Jesús López Zaballos & Javier de Frutos

Two esteemed members of EFFAS have been reappointed to these respective entities:

Jesús López Zaballos, Chair of EFFAS, reappointed to the IFRS Advisory Council.

Javier de Frutos, EFFAS Commission on Financial Reporting (CFR) Chair, appointed to the PIOB Stakeholder Advisory Council.

Find more about this in our News Section.

4. Registration Now Open for EFFAS ESG Essentials and DiAM Exam Sessions!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming exam sessions for both the EFFAS ESG Essentials and DiAM (Digital Assets and MiCA) certifications, scheduled for June 24th. These programs represent pivotal stepping stones for professionals looking to deepen their understanding and expertise in key areas of finance that are increasingly relevant in today’s market.

EFFAS ESG Essentials

 Embark on a journey with EFFAS to grasp the essentials of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues, crucial for integrating ESG considerations into your daily work. This program is designed to equip you with the knowledge necessary to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and to provide basic guidance to investors on ESG matters. It is ideal for professionals across banking, investment advising, financial planning, and more, who are looking to enhance their skill set in line with global sustainability trends.


 Dive into the dynamic world of digital assets and understand the intricacies of crypto assets with the DiAM program. As digital assets gain prominence in the financial industry, this program offers a comprehensive overview of the sector, including regulatory developments like the MiCA Regulation.

The DiAM program is suited for professionals across various sectors of the financial industry who are keen to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving digital assets space.

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