Advanced Environmental, Social and Governance

Course schedule

Classroom Training:
25 Nov - 6 Dec 2024London10 days£6,450

Please note: prices shown above are exclusive of VAT (20%).

Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive view of ESG, with advanced strategies for integrating sustainability into corporate strategy, risk management, and reporting.

Who Should Attend

  • Heads of sustainable development
  • Corporate Affairs managers and officers
  • ESG managers and officers
  • Corporate strategists
  • Community Relations managers and officers
  • HR, Administration and Environmental managers concerned with ESG planning and implementation
  • Procurement managers involved in responsible sourcing initiatives
  • Project managers responsible for developing and implementing ESG projects
  • Managers and officers involved in non-financial corporate reporting
  • Communications managers and officers responsible for internal and external reporting on sustainability
  • Internal auditors concerned with Environmental, Social and Governance risks

Course Outcomes

  • Understand how Environmental, Social and Governance is important in the public and private sectors
  • Apply ESG best practices to organisational programmes and projects
  • Develop and improve their community relations activities
  • Interpret the impact of ESG on the reputation of the organisation
  • Plan, initiate or improve ESG programmes
  • Report on their sustainability programmes
  • Identify the links between business ethics, Environmental, Social and Governance and Corporate Governance

Course Topics

What is ESG and Why Does it Matter?

  • The pressure for change
  • The Legal Background of ESG
  • Company directors’ obligations and ESG
  • Voluntary measures
  • Is ESG Just Public Relations?
  • ESG and corporate governance links

Best practice in ESG –Corporate Approaches on the Key Topics

  • Codes of Practice
  • Dealing with communities
  • ESG and employees
  • Managing suppliers responsibly
  • Responsible client relations
  • Corporate Responsibility and the environment

The Business Case for ESG

  • The Strategic Imperatives involved in ESG
  • What is a business case?
  • USING tools to build the business case
  • Identifying and Managing ESG risks
  • The public procurement challenges from ESG
  • Getting and maintaining corporate support and approval

Changing the Organisation to include ESG

  • Developing the ESG corporate vision
  • Setting our ESG strategic SMART objectives
  • Identifying and Managing affected stakeholders
  • How leaders make ESG happen
  • The key steps to make the ESG change effective

Developing and Implementing the ESG plan

  • What should be in the ESG plan?
  • Communicating the plan
  • Piloting the plan
  • Overcoming objections
  • Measuring impact and results
  • Auditing and reviewing ESG performance
  • Reporting on ESG

Sustainability in Purchasing

  • Managing a responsible Supply Chain
  • The Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code
  • Combating child labour in manufacturing
  • Controlling contractor abuses in construction
  • Maintaining ethical standards
  • Diversity in the supply chain
  • Conflict minerals policies

Community Relations and Environmental Sustainability

  • Working effectively with host communities
  • Managing sensitive issues including payments and relocation
  • Building successful community projects
  • Assessing social and environmental risk
  • Managing operations sustainably
  • Case studies on community relations

ESG Standards and Reporting

  • Sustainability Reporting frameworks
  • The Global Reporting Initiative
  • UN Global Compact
  • International Labour Organisation instruments
  • ISO 26000
  • How to report your ESG progress
  • Model examples and class exercise using GRI Sustainability Reporting

ESG Perspectives

  • The politics of ESG
  • Creating shared value
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Greenwashing
  • ESG and tax avoidance
  • Applying Environmental Social and Governance in non-corporate organisations
  • Future requirements for corporate responsibility

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