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Principles of ESG - Foundations

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Half day (3.5 hours)

We can run this course inhouse or privately just for you and your colleagues.


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About the Course

Our Principles of ESG – Foundations course offers a foundational knowledge of environmental challenges and the significance of ESG principles as a response, especially within the financial industry.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to understand the concept of ESG and its role in addressing the environmental challenges facing the world today. 

  • Participants will be able to identify the environmental, social, and governance factors that make up ESG and their relevance to sustainable finance. 

  • Participants will be able to apply knowledge of ESG factors and metrics, ESG frameworks, reporting standards and ratings. 

  • Participants will be able to understand the basics of sustainable investing strategies, understand the basic concept of corporate stewardship, and explore the introductory aspects of sustainability regulations and greenwashing. 

  • Participants will be able to analyse the future direction of ESG, considering elements such as climate finance and the road to COP 28 and beyond. 

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Climate Challenges

  • Code red for humanity

  • Climate Tipping Points

  • Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Climate first but not climate only

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Group Discussion


Module 2: Introduction to ESG

  • What is ESG

  • The evolution of ESG

  • Environmental Factors and Metrics

  • Social Factors and Metrics

  • Governance Factors and Metrics

  • How ESG fits into Sustainable Finance


Module 3: Measuring ESG

  • Challenges in ESG metrics

  • ESG frameworks and reporting standards

  • Choosing the right framework

  • ESG ratings and rankings


Module 4: Sustainable investing and strategies

  • Sustainable investing strategies

  • Measuring impact

  • Benefits of sustainable investing

  • Stewardship: Corporate engagement, shareholder action and proxy voting

  • Leveraging Activism and legal action


Module 5: Regulation and Greenwashing

  • Sustainability attracts profits and consumers

  • The regulatory backdrop

  • Greenwashing and Green hushing


Module 6: The road to COP 28 and beyond

  • Conference of Parties (COP) – An overview

  • Key COP Milestones

  • Understanding Climate Finance

  • Key conversations for COP 28

  • The journey beyond COP 28

Required Knowledge and Skills

The course is suitable for anyone in the financial services industry. This course can be adapted so that it specifically addresses individuals working in specific roles such as risk and compliance, front, back, and middle office personnel, board members, and senior managers.

About Your Trainer

Zoe Keen

Zoe Keen

Zoe is a highly experienced finance professional with over 20 years of expertise in Investment Banking Compliance. She has held various key roles, including Head of Public Side Advisory, Head of Central Compliance, Certifications, Control Room, and Surveillance.

With a deep understanding of UK and international regulations pertaining to investment banks, Zoe excels in senior management engagement, designing and implementing governance and risk frameworks, and overseeing comprehensive Compliance policies, procedures, and training programs.

As a Senior Consultant at Leaman Crellin, Zoe focuses on regulatory consulting and training, specialising in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Sustainable Finance. She completed the University of Cambridge Sustainable Leadership Sustainable Finance course with an exceptional overall grade of 92%, showcasing her dedication and knowledge in the field. Zoe has cultivated a vast network of experts, including academics, scientists, policymakers, regulators, investors, financiers, and sustainable leaders, ensuring she stays up to date in this dynamic landscape.

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