Student Volunteers

Sign up to be a Student Volunteer and help us make GRASFI an impact-driven experience for all attendants!

We are pleased to offer several student volunteer opportunities that play a critical role in the efficient operation and success of GRASFI each year. The student volunteer program is an opportunity to participate in the conference whilst assisting us with the operation of the event.


A student volunteer should be:

  • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree program, full or part-time, related to sustainability
  • Ideally available for the three full days of the conference (5 – 7 September 2022)
  • Fluent in English. German and other languages a plus.
  • Communicative, organized and punctual

What we offer

Participating as a student volunteer is an excellent opportunity to network with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of sustainable finance. Students interested in pursuing academic or industry careers will have the chance to gain experience and make acquaintances essential to their future career paths. It is also a great opportunity to interact with other international students to share your interests in sustainability. Student volunteers also have free access to the entire conference.

Apply now!

Have we caught your interest? Apply now by filling the application form here.

We will prioritize students according to their availability.

Application deadline: 24 August 2022

Date and Time

Monday, 5 September 2022

14:45 – 16:15 CET


Paper Session A1

ESG-Ratings & Data: How do we make sense of it?

Session Chairs:
Prof. Timo Busch, Hamburg University
Bérénice Lasfargues, BNP Paribas AM



Exploring ITR score: Framing robust company-specific benchmarks and future company-level GHG emissions ranges

Authors: Ruben Haalebos and Felix Fouret

ESG Rating Revisions and Stock Returns

Authors: Rients Galema and Dirk Gerritsen

Divestment, information asymmetries, and inflated ESG ratings

Authors: Bram van der Kroft and Dennis Bams.


Exploring ITR score: Framing robust company-specific benchmarks and future company-level GHG emissions ranges

As Investors are looking to align their portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement, portfolio metrics like Implied Temperature Rise (ITR) are becoming increasingly popular. We describe a Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures-aligned ITR methodology and benchmark the results.

ESG Rating Revisions and Stock Returns

We study the six-month impact of ESG rating revisions on U.S. stocks. Decreases are followed by annualized negative returns of 3%, which are not driven by ESG-specific news; partly driven by sustainable index changes; and in line with long-term investors decreasing holdings after a rating decrease.

Divestment, information asymmetries, and inflated ESG ratings

We causally show that ESG ratings are inversely related to sustainable performance because firms face cost of capital incentives to inflate ratings given socially responsible investing under information asymmetries. Consequently, their promises of future sustainable performance do not realize, even up to 15 years in the future.