Vacature: Veelzijdige Sustainable Finance Project Manager

The Towards Sustainability Initiative

The Central Labelling Agency (CLA) of the Belgian SRI label is the not-for-profit entity (vzw/asbl) that manages the ‘Towards Sustainability’ quality standard and label for sustainable financial products.

Since the launch in November 2019 more than 460 financial products, including investment funds, index products, insurance funds and saving products, have obtained the label amounting to more than 230 billion EUR that is managed respecting the criteria of the Quality Standard.

More than 70 financial institutions from over 10 countries are currently involved in the Towards Sustainability Initiative. This makes it the most comprehensive and inclusive labelling initiative for financial products in Europe and a de facto market standard.

The field of sustainable finance is dynamic and evolutive and must be in tune with changing consumer expectations, societal needs, scientific research, data availability and new regulatory initiatives. The CLA is currently starting a review process to allow stakeholders, financial and non-financial, to express their views on the direction in which the Quality Standard should evolve.

Besides managing the operational aspects of the label awarding process and the, the CLA aims to raise awareness and provide information on sustainable saving and investing, to organise stakeholder dialogue on the continuing evolution of the quality standard, and to provide research and statistics on sustainable financial products in the Belgian market.

The CLA is governed by a board of directors consisting of representatives from the financial sector, academia and civil society.

Who are we looking for?

The CLA is looking for an enthusiastic, versatile and dedicated project manager that wants to join us in growing the Towards Sustainability Initiative in Belgium and abroad.

Your job will consist, on the one hand, of operational tasks related to the label awarding process and, on the other hand, of helping to shape and drive the further development of the initiative.

We are looking for somebody who:

  • has a master’s degree or equivalent
  • has a real interest in the financial sector and in sustainable finance in particular; experience in the financial sector is a plus but not necessary
  • has a sense of initiative, responsibility and an eye for detail
  • can work independently and accurately
  • is not afraid of working with spreadsheets and databases
  • has a working knowledge of Dutch, French and English

Your main tasks would be, among others:

  • administration of the label application process
  • organisation of meetings of the CLA commissions
  • management of the sustainability ID database and the CLA website
  • support the quality standard review process
  • promotion of the label
  • keeping up to date with other sustainable finance initiatives
  • contact point for general information about the initiative

What can we offer you?

We can offer you:

  • a versatile and challenging position in which initiative and fresh ideas are encouraged
  • an opportunity to be a part of an exciting project, that is unique in Europe and that aims to make all financial products more sustainable.
    You will be in contact with Belgian and international product managers (banks, asset managers, insurance companies) that request to label their products, with the Verifier who will verify these products and with the CLA board and commissions members.
  • a competitive salary
  • a full-time position with flexible working hours and homeworking

Interested?

Please send your CV and motivation to Tom Van den Berghe at tom@towardssustainability.be.