This eLearning course is aimed at all staff within an organisation. It provides an introduction to ESG and highlights the impact of ESG initiatives and regulations on the organisation and staff members.
Definitions – ESG and sustainable finance
Why does ESG matter?
The moral imperative
Link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable investment as a means for the financial sector to support the achievement of the SDGs
The commercial imperative
Growing client demand for sustainable investment options
The legal/regulatory imperative
Multiple initiatives launched by international standard-setters and local regulators
Case studies and examples highlighting the major themes and issues relating to:
History of ESG as a concept
Sustainable investing did not begin with ESG – the ‘spectrum of capital’
Components of ESG (environmental, social and governance)
ESG – risks and opportunities
Examples of risks
Climate risks – physical and transitional
Examples of opportunities
Expectations on firms
Regulators are at varying stages in consulting on, and implementing, specific requirements on firms.
Overview of some of the key themes in regulatory initiatives (e.g. taxonomies, risk management, stewardship)
Disclosure as a major focus of regulatory policy
The risk of greenwashing
Challenges of disclosure (for example, emissions ‘scopes’)
ESG and sustainable finance are growing in importance for both regulators and firms
Highlight some of the key initiatives on the horizon
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