Comprehensive ESG Programme 2nd Edition

Date

09/05/2024

Time

23 hours

CPE Hours

23 hours

Competency

Professional

Location

The Hub, PwC Academy

Price

€450

Category:

Course Description

This bundle includes the following nine (9) sessions, which are part of the Comprehensive ESG Programme.

An introduction to ESG (Session 1)

ESG issues are changing the way we live our lives and the way we do business. This first session will introduce the topic of sustainability, give an overview of the current sustainability context and the implications for businesses today.

The Environmental Pillar (Session 2)

This session will explore the environmental aspects of ESG, with a focus on GHG emissions, achieving net zero and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of environmental sustainability, including the risks and opportunities that it presents for businesses. They will also develop a strong foundation of how to incorporate sustainable practices within their organisation. Emphasis will be placed on uncovering the main drivers behind the growing pressure to prioritise environmental considerations and exploring effective strategies for addressing these challenges.

By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with knowledge and tools necessary to drive meaningful environmental change in their business and daily life.

The Social Pillar (Session 3)

The “S” in ESG relates to the social dimension. and refers to how an organisation manages relationships with its workforce, society and the broader political environment in which it operates. Human rights, business ethics, diversity and inclusion, supply chain management and the social impacts of its operations are some of the aspects that shall be discussed during this session. The aim is for organisations to ensure social equity and social justice for all their employees.

The Governance Pillar (Session 4)

The ‘G’ in ESG is often critical to any entity’s ability to achieve its environmental and social goals and thrive from an ‘E’ and ‘S’ perspective. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the key elements that relate to the governance pillar of ESG, and essentially it will focus on the Corporate Behaviour and Governance Framework dimensions, as set out in the following learning outcomes.

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) in practice (Session 5)

This session will provide participants with a clear outline on how to set up the roadmap for the reporting and Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) implementation process. It will offer a detailed overview of the CSRD, including the key features of CSRD such as the expanded scope of reporting requirements and an introduction to the ESRSs. This course will also provide participants with an overview of effective sustainability reporting practices, including identifying key stakeholders, data identification, data collection, data analysis and reporting. Additionally, participants will develop an understanding of emerging sustainability trends, including the importance of integrating sustainability concerns into strategy development and risk mitigation, along with the urgency required. Participants will conclude this course with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability reporting and better support their organisation in driving the necessary change.

ESG in Taxation (Session 6)

Tax considerations will inevitably be at the heart of any response to the challenges and opportunities brought by the acceleration in the ESG agenda. This session will offer participants insights into the tax-related opportunities and risks associated with adopting an ESG strategy.

ESG Strategy and Business Transformation (Session 7)

This session will offer participants insight into ESG strategy and business transformation, focusing on supporting SMEs and large companies in integrating environmental, social and governance factors into their business strategies. The goal of this session is to support participants in understanding how to develop an institutional ESG framework, create an ESG vision and mission, and explore available support aimed at encouraging ESG implementation and integration.
The session will introduce a range of topics that are designed to provide participants with practical guidance and an in-depth understanding of ESG topics that will support them in transforming their business strategies through an ESG lens.

ESG Technology Aspects (Session 8)

This session will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the key aspects of environmental, social and governance compliance (ESG), and the role that technology can play in supporting data collection and processing. The session will cover several topics, which will equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out best practices in ESG compliance.
Participants will be introduced to an easy-to-follow ESG data collection and processing procedure that is transferable to a range of business activities. This process ensures that participants’ ESG approach remains flexible, scalable, accurate, meaningful and easy to track, with the support of technology. Participants will learn how to prioritise ESG topics and risks, perform an ESG audit, and establish workflows which are essential to an effective compliance programme which they can apply to different business contexts, thereby establishing a sustainable and effective approach to ESG compliance.

ESG Application Workshop (Session 9)

This last session will consolidate and apply knowledge from the previous sessions into a case study and enable SMEs and large companies to start embedding ESG into their strategy and operations. This session is designed to be an interactive workshop that will apply a practical lens to the theoretical concepts learned. It will involve active discussion around industry-specific challenges and opportunities, referencing best practice examples and finishing off with a self-assessment using our ESG readiness tool.

Schedule:

Session 1 – 09/05/24 time from 09:00 till 11:00
Session 2 – 16/05/24 time from 09:00 till 12:00
Session 3 – 23/05/24 time from 09:00 till 11:00
Session 4 – 30/05/24 time from 09:00 till 11:00
Session 5 – 06/06/24 time from 09:00 till 12:00
Session 6 – 13/06/24 time from 09:00 till 12:00
Session 7 – 20/06/24 time from 09:00 till 12:00
Session 8 – 27/06/24 time from 09:00 till 12:00
Session 9 – 04/07/24 time from 09:00 till 11:00

Course Structure

Learning outcomes:

An introduction to ESG (Session 1)

 

  • Explain what ESG is, and its relevance today;
  • Describe key environmental, social, and governance issues;
  • Understand ESG impacts, risks and opportunities;
  • Explain how stakeholders influence corporate ESG performance.

The Environmental Pillar(Session 2)

 

  • Recognise the impacts of climate change and the urgency required by institutions for change
  • Understand environmental risks and opportunities, including those related to climate change, pollution, waste, water and biodiversity.
  • Understand the main pressures driving environmental sustainability
  • Explain the different scope and activities associated with GHG emissions
  • Understand how companies measure and report GHG emissions
  • Identify emerging regulatory trends in GHG disclosures
  • Recognise the need for the transition to net zero
  • Identify different opportunities available to drive environmental change

The Social Pillar (Session 3)

 

  • Outline the key labour standards and their indicators of measurement
  • Describe how human rights can be integrated in businesses across the value chain
  • Explain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their relevance for businesses.
  • Recognise the increasing stakeholder demands for diversity and inclusion practices due to the exacerbation of social inequalities emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify best practices to manage stakeholder expectations
  • Understand the concept of ‘Just Transition’ and explain its importance within an ESG context
  • Discuss Socially Responsible Investments (SRI)

The Governance Pillar (Session 4)

 

Corporate Behaviour

  • Grasp the importance of a well articulated and disseminated corporate culture;
  • Understand the role of business integrity and ethical business conduct
  • Manage legal and regulatory risk including tax governance
  • Become familiar with key aspects of EU Taxonomy

Governance Framework

  • Achieve the right board composition and diversity;
  • Understand ESG governance models
  • Set up the right strategy and risk oversight framework with a focus on ESG risk management;
  • Understand the important role that ESG plays in preventing corruption and bribery.

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) in practice (Session 5)

 

  • Become familiar with the main reporting references and recognition standards;
  • Identify the current and upcoming legislation on an EU level, including the implications to non-EU countries;
  • Understand the context of EU regulation, mainly CSRD;
  • Know who is required to publish a sustainability report, what is the timeline, whether the report need to be assured and other novelties;
  • Understand what are European sustainability reporting standards (ESRS);
  • Outline of the ESRS and disclosure requirements;
  • Pinpoint to the key points of the reporting process;
  • Know how to identify the potential opportunities through the reporting process.

ESG and Taxation (Session 6)

 

  • Understand the impact of green taxes and tax incentives on decarbonisation/Net Zero journeys and ESG related changes to supply chains;
  • Identify the practical impact of CBAM (Cross-border Adjustment Mechanism) and associated reform of the EU ETS (Emissions Trading System);
  • Consider the main tax implications of the people and ‘S’ related aspects of any ESG related measures including reward design and upholding the right work practices, and people-oriented tax incentives;
  • Consider other relevant tax developments on the horizon and their potential impact on business.

ESG Strategy and Business Transformation (Session 7)

 

  • Develop stakeholder engagement skills
  • Understand the material themes that are both sector specific and organisation specific
  • Understand how to integrate ESG factors into your business strategy
  • Understand how to communicate your ESG strategy effectively
  • Understand how to develop an institutional ESG framework and create an ESG vision and mission
  • Become familiar with SME grants and initiatives aimed at encouraging ESG implementation and integration
  • Recognise how to implement the circular economy into business operations
  • Recognise how to improve the sustainability of the supply chain (particularly for SMEs)
  • Understand the importance of upskilling the workforce

ESG Technology Aspects (Session 8)

 

  • Understand how to prioritise ESG topics and risks
  • Become familiar with performing an ESG audit
  • Become familiar with the steps involved in a data collection plan
  • Establish repeatable workflows
  • Understand factors that contribute to defining best practice in ESG compliance

ESG Application Workshop (Session 9)

 

  • Use of a case study for participants to design a strategic ESG roadmap
  • Walkthrough of best-practice examples of global and local reporting
  • Explore material issues across different industries, complemented by interactive discussions with course trainers who are sustainability practitioners
  • Complete PwC’s ESG Readiness Tool to understand the company’s current ESG maturity and recommendations for improving practices.

 

Should Attend

This comprehensive programme by PwC on ESG is targeted towards employees working within SMEs and large companies.

There are no specific prerequisites for this programme, and any individual interested in learning more about ESG can apply.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Assessment

There is no assessment. At the end of the session you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Key-Features

The sessions were designed to be highly interactive, engaging, practical and thought provoking.

This programme constitutes a suite of ten (10) sessions and all of them contribute towards CPE hours.

Course Structure

Learning outcomes:

An introduction to ESG (Session 1)

 

  • Explain what ESG is, and its relevance today;
  • Describe key environmental, social, and governance issues;
  • Understand ESG impacts, risks and opportunities;
  • Explain how stakeholders influence corporate ESG performance.

The Environmental Pillar(Session 2)

 

  • Recognise the impacts of climate change and the urgency required by institutions for change
  • Understand environmental risks and opportunities, including those related to climate change, pollution, waste, water and biodiversity.
  • Understand the main pressures driving environmental sustainability
  • Explain the different scope and activities associated with GHG emissions
  • Understand how companies measure and report GHG emissions
  • Identify emerging regulatory trends in GHG disclosures
  • Recognise the need for the transition to net zero
  • Identify different opportunities available to drive environmental change

The Social Pillar (Session 3)

 

  • Outline the key labour standards and their indicators of measurement
  • Describe how human rights can be integrated in businesses across the value chain
  • Explain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their relevance for businesses.
  • Recognise the increasing stakeholder demands for diversity and inclusion practices due to the exacerbation of social inequalities emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify best practices to manage stakeholder expectations
  • Understand the concept of ‘Just Transition’ and explain its importance within an ESG context
  • Discuss Socially Responsible Investments (SRI)

The Governance Pillar (Session 4)

 

Corporate Behaviour

  • Grasp the importance of a well articulated and disseminated corporate culture;
  • Understand the role of business integrity and ethical business conduct
  • Manage legal and regulatory risk including tax governance
  • Become familiar with key aspects of EU Taxonomy

Governance Framework

  • Achieve the right board composition and diversity;
  • Understand ESG governance models
  • Set up the right strategy and risk oversight framework with a focus on ESG risk management;
  • Understand the important role that ESG plays in preventing corruption and bribery.

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) in practice (Session 5)

 

  • Become familiar with the main reporting references and recognition standards;
  • Identify the current and upcoming legislation on an EU level, including the implications to non-EU countries;
  • Understand the context of EU regulation, mainly CSRD;
  • Know who is required to publish a sustainability report, what is the timeline, whether the report need to be assured and other novelties;
  • Understand what are European sustainability reporting standards (ESRS);
  • Outline of the ESRS and disclosure requirements;
  • Pinpoint to the key points of the reporting process;
  • Know how to identify the potential opportunities through the reporting process.

ESG and Taxation (Session 6)

 

  • Understand the impact of green taxes and tax incentives on decarbonisation/Net Zero journeys and ESG related changes to supply chains;
  • Identify the practical impact of CBAM (Cross-border Adjustment Mechanism) and associated reform of the EU ETS (Emissions Trading System);
  • Consider the main tax implications of the people and ‘S’ related aspects of any ESG related measures including reward design and upholding the right work practices, and people-oriented tax incentives;
  • Consider other relevant tax developments on the horizon and their potential impact on business.

ESG Strategy and Business Transformation (Session 7)

 

  • Develop stakeholder engagement skills
  • Understand the material themes that are both sector specific and organisation specific
  • Understand how to integrate ESG factors into your business strategy
  • Understand how to communicate your ESG strategy effectively
  • Understand how to develop an institutional ESG framework and create an ESG vision and mission
  • Become familiar with SME grants and initiatives aimed at encouraging ESG implementation and integration
  • Recognise how to implement the circular economy into business operations
  • Recognise how to improve the sustainability of the supply chain (particularly for SMEs)
  • Understand the importance of upskilling the workforce

ESG Technology Aspects (Session 8)

 

  • Understand how to prioritise ESG topics and risks
  • Become familiar with performing an ESG audit
  • Become familiar with the steps involved in a data collection plan
  • Establish repeatable workflows
  • Understand factors that contribute to defining best practice in ESG compliance

ESG Application Workshop (Session 9)

 

  • Use of a case study for participants to design a strategic ESG roadmap
  • Walkthrough of best-practice examples of global and local reporting
  • Explore material issues across different industries, complemented by interactive discussions with course trainers who are sustainability practitioners
  • Complete PwC’s ESG Readiness Tool to understand the company’s current ESG maturity and recommendations for improving practices.

 

Should Attend

This comprehensive programme by PwC on ESG is targeted towards employees working within SMEs and large companies.

There are no specific prerequisites for this programme, and any individual interested in learning more about ESG can apply.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Assessment

There is no assessment. At the end of the session you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Key-Features

The sessions were designed to be highly interactive, engaging, practical and thought provoking.

This programme constitutes a suite of ten (10) sessions and all of them contribute towards CPE hours.

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