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Key outcomes

  • Understanding of sustainable finance and ESG strategies

  • Discovery of optimal approaches to maximise profit, ESG impact and reputation

  • Understanding the trade-offs relating to satisfying different stakeholder groups

Who is it for

This topic and experience is relevant for every global citizen



per participant

per hour

How does it work

Teams each manage a bank on the fictional island of Avalon and try to outperform competitor banks on financial performance, ESG impact and reputation. They must decide which loan applications to approve and how to attract savings deposits. Limited time, budgets and information mean every decision carries risk. 

Business Benefit

  • Minimise risk of greenwashing

  • Better decision-making from leaders

  • Improved reputation

  • Improved ESG impact

  • Happier shareholders

  • More loyal customers

Companies who are playing this game

The game launches in April 2023

Channel your inner Attenborough

Rising Tides creates energy and alignment to truly impact the sustainability agenda through the lens of sustainable finance and ESG strategy.

Game Modules

The core game version is played over 2 rounds, simulating 6 years into the future. Round 1 focuses on greenwashing and the nature of competing stakeholder groups. Round 2 focus on the roles of different functions within an organisation to better serve the needs of shareholders, customers, the planet and wider society. 

Kirsty Prescott

Virgin Money

"As a result of this experience I will try to make more ethical decisions whilst considering the bigger picture" 

Paul-Henry Fallourd

Schneider Electric

"This experience is more engaging than other training I have experienced on this topic. Addressing the challenges of sustainable development through a financial lens is a good way to better understand the complexity and difficulties of the subject."

Gemma Gagan

Aldermore Bank

"This was a far better way of learning than normal. It was great to see what the future could look like based on our decisions of today".


This is what participants have to say about this game

Competing stakeholder demands

Setting a

Sustainable Strategy

Topics & Tasks

1) Defining sustainable finance and ESG 

2) The impacts of taking decisions with limited information

3) Understanding who you are working for

Key Learning

Understanding how limited information leads to high risk decisions

Module 1

Topics & Tasks

1) Understanding evolving demand

2) Increasing organisational capability

3) Making informed decisions

Key Learning

Understanding that an effective strategy can deliver profit, customer satisfaction and positive ESG impacts

Module 2

Who it involves

Normally between 12 to 24 participants in each session (but this is flexible), competing in smaller teams against each other. 

They are led at all times by a facilitator either from PBS or the client.

How long it lasts

Most games are 2-8 hours. Some classroom courses last up to 4 days. We tend to avoid playing online for more than half a day in one go. 

There is normally some brief pre-work for participants to complete and we suggest a short follow-up workshop to embed the learning.

Where it happens

Almost all of our games can be played face-to-face, virtually or a combination of both. 

Increasingly, we are seeing demand for digital games to be played face-to-face in the classroom.

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“This is the best training I’ve ever experienced”

Most corporate training is boring, irrelevant or immediately forgotten. Our approach combines experiential and social learning to create immersive, lifelike and memorable experiences. 

Participants learn in a few hours what might take months or years in their real jobs.

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