The Sustainable and Impact Finance (SAIF) initiative is designed both to meet the growing demand of our students and faculty for courses , activities, and research opportunities in the sustainable and impact finance and entrepreneurial areas as well as to maintain thought and educational  leadership in these fields.

Curriculum

  • Sustainable Investing Track: The goal of SAIF’s sustainable investing track is to train students to be managers and investors of sustainable/responsible/ESG investment portfolios, especially in the form of publicly-traded assets (primarily stocks and bonds).  Students interested in becoming principals for the HSIF would follow this track. Click here to view recommended coursework.
  • Impact Investing Track: SAIF’s impact investing track prepares Haas MBAs to be impact investors, working in non-public markets investing for impact. Students interested in impact venture capital would follow this track. Click here to view recommended coursework.
  • Impact Entrepreneurship Track:  Students in this track will gain a perspective on the investor community from whom they can raise money, how these investors will assess their startups, and a strategy-first view of startup goals. Students interested in  developing their own impact ventures would follow this track. Click here to view recommended coursework.

Research

SAIF is the home of the Moskowitz Prize that attracts outstanding research proposals on sustainable investing by scholars from around the world and fosters rigorous and market relevant research on sustainable investment and its impact.  SAIF also hosts the Investment for Impact Research Prize which fosters academic and practitioner-related research on impact investing.

In collaboration with Berkeley Law’s Business in Society Institute and the University of California Office of the President’s Investment Office and corporate sponsors, SAIF co-hosts The Berkeley Sustainable Investment Forum,  a convening of key players from business, the investment community, academia and NGOs to focus on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation.

Leadership