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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Training

Navigating through Evolving ESG Compliance, Reporting Requirements and Stakeholder Expectations

5 Day Training

Dates: 29 July – 02 August | 09 – 13 September 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on Request

Course Introduction

Organisations, both globally and within the African Continent, have a heightened awareness about environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues as investors, regulators, and the community at large are demanding greater transparency and board accountability.

 

Organizations that prioritize ESG can drive value and mitigate risks to operations and the bottom line over time. 

 

ESG’s relevance for businesses and investors is well understood. However, governments in Africa haven’t caught up.  A real opportunity exists for governments to support strong and consistent ESG reporting, raise the bar for performance, communicate success to different stakeholder audiences, and provide clarity for investors. These actions will help companies operating in their jurisdiction, they will also help the government by building its brand and its investment attractiveness.

 

This highly interactive workshop will unpack an overview of an ESG framework and how it supports an organisation’s overall performance and risk management. It will examine each component in detail and provide insight into how they converge to impact an organisation and its stakeholders. It will also discuss how to look at corporate pressures and stakeholder expectations and their impact on risk identification and business success.

Course Objectives

Attend this Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Training  Workshop and Gain Valuable Insights Into:

  • Explaining what ESG is and its relevance to making financial decisions

  • Describing key environmental, social, and governance issues

      Explaining why ESG is more important now than ever for your business

  • Knowing where to begin when working on your company’s ESG policies and strategies

  • Analysing ESG risks and opportunities

  • Realising the Government’s role to help fast track ESG in Africa

  • Assessing ESG company performance using publicly available information

  • Understanding how investment and operating contexts are changing in response to environmental and societal imperatives

  • Selecting sustainable investment indexes

  • Developing deeper knowledge and understanding of the key ESG factors pertinent to corporate investments

  • Gearing up to meet international ESG Regulations

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for

  • Directors (executive or non-executive)

  • Chairpersons

  • Chief Executive Officers

  • Managing Directors

  • Senior Managers,

  • Company Secretaries

  • Compliance Officers

  • ESG, Sustainability, and CSR Professionals

  • Audit Professionals

  • Investment Specialists

  • Chief Financial Officers

  • General Counsel

  • Corporate Secretaries

  • Risk Managers

  • Investment Managers

  • Supply Chain and Due Diligence Professionals

  • Outside Advisors

  • Fund Managers

  • Portfolio & Asset Managers

  • Investment/ Transaction Managers

  • Development Managers

  • Investor Relations Specialists

From these Sectors:

  • Government & Parastatals

  • Mining

  • Aviation

  • Utilities

  • Construction

  • Hospitality

  • Transport and Logistics

  • Agriculture and Agro-Processing

  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

  • Insurance Industry

  • Real Estate

  • Automobile

  • Fashion and Beauty

  • Banking & Finance

  • Manufacturing

  • Telecommunications & Information Technology

  • Oil & Gas

  • NGOs

  • Retail

  • Entertainment

Training methodology

Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

DAY 1 Session

Introduction & Background to ESG

  • Introduction to ESG – what is Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)?

  • Highlighting the history of ESG

  • Understanding the key drivers of ESG

    • Regulation

    • Clients

    • Investors

    • Banks

    • Companies

    • Sustainability

  • Managing ESG implementation

  • Measurement roadmap

  • Understanding how investment and operating contexts are changing in response to environmental and societal imperatives

ESG Global Perspective and Insights

  • Perceptive insights and thought leadership on worldwide ESG trends

  • Analysing key trends that will drive ESG agenda beyond 2022

  • Looking at what is driving climate and sustainable finance globally

  • Futuristic predictions

Understanding ESG Investing

  • The landscape of ESG investing

  • Clarifying the link between ESG and Investing

  • Discussion of E, S & G Opportunities and Risks

  • ESG performance and current thinking

  • Socially Responsible Investment

  • Selecting sustainable investment indexes

  • Impact from evolving ESG regulation – the future of ESG investing

  • Understanding how investment and operating contexts are changing in response to environmental and societal imperatives

  • Triple and Quadruple Bottom line

  • 3Ps-Planet, People and Profit

  • 4Ps-Planet, People, Profit and Purpose

DAY 3 Session

Ensuring Credible ESG Reporting for Stakeholders

  • Understanding ESG Reporting

  • An overview of the ESG Reporting frameworks

  • Integrated reporting

  • Key indicators

  • Guiding principles for ESG Reporting

  • Realising the key stakeholders in ESG Reporting

  • What does an ESG Report look like?

  • What does it mean for organisations to measure and report ESG information?

  • What are the current (and proposed) requirements related to ESG Reporting in key jurisdictions?

  • What does the future look like for ESG Reporting?

ESG in the Boardroom

  • What is sustainability and how has it evolved?

  • The role of the board and the audit committee in the board’s management of sustainability and ESG issues

  • What are the drivers of sustainability and who are the stakeholders?

  • Board’s oversight of the dynamic ESG landscape

  • How does ESG affect corporate strategy and risk oversight and what are the critical responsibilities of the boards of directors?

  • Legislation, mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements, and litigation and risk management.

  • Operations management – supply chain, employees, and customers

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the boardroom and beyond

DAY 3 Session

Critical Concepts in ESG Disclosures

  • What are ESG Disclosures

  • Are ESG disclosures mandatory?

  • Knowing the importance of ESG Disclosures

  • Unpacking disclosure categories

    •           Applying the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) guidelines
  • Understanding the difference between Qualitative and Quantitative Disclosures

  • Best practices in writing and interpreting Disclosures

Corporate Pressures & Stakeholder Expectations

  • Living up to stakeholder expectations and business opportunities

    • Realising the effect of stakeholder pressure and corporate governance on the quality of sustainability report
    • Establishing how ESG stakeholder activism is transforming corporate governance
    • Where do you begin to close the stakeholder expectation gap?

Day 4 Session

Laws and Regulation of ESG Compliance

  • What is ESG regulation?

  • Key ESG frameworks:

    • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

    • The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

    • CDP

    • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

  • ESG Compliance requirements

  • Understating the growing ESG regulations and compliance requirements

  • What role can the government play in fast tracking ESG?

  • Highlighting the importance of monitoring ESG regulations

  • Navigating the global ESG regulatory landscape

  • Complying with ESG regulations – What companies need to do

  • ESG Compliance and Third-Party Risk Management

ESG Risk Assessment Fundamentals

    • Identify and assess the enterprise-wide risks associated with climate change
    • Identify and assess the financial risks associated with climate change
    • Do scenario analysis
    • Develop mitigation strategies
    • The Green Swan – an introduction to climate change science
    • Explain business resilience considerations, and action plans to accommodate climate change
    • Unpacking ESG Risk assessment fundamentals
  • Identifying the Principles of ESG

  • Assessing and managing ESG Risk

  • Integrating ESG in Credit Assessment

Day 5 ESG Framework Compliance Components

  • Climate change and the economy

  • Understanding the nature and context of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors

  • Identify ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ and the factors that are believed to cause these trends

  • Recognise the potential economic impacts of climate change

  • Explain the pursuit of net zero organisations and economics

  • Climate governance

  • Understand the principle of Inclusive Capitalism

  • Discuss effective and ethical leadership

  • Explain tools used for engaging the board and executive team in accounting for sustainability

  • Analyse the impact of climate change on strategic initiatives

  • Understand the legal and regulatory influences, including the Draft Bill on climate change

  • Explain business resilience, consideration, and action plans to accommodate climate change

  • Climate reporting and disclosures

  • Understand how companies supplement their traditional financial statements with non-financial analysis disclosures that highlight ESG issues

  • Identify the potential benefits of strong sustainability reporting practices, and the potential pitfalls of ‘greenwashing’

  • Explain disclosure practices that are consistent with leading sustainability reporting frameworks

  • Climate change and people perspectice

  • The People Perspective brings together the workforce considerations that impact all ESG strategies, from Diversity & Inclusion to greening your employment contracts.

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