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Bracing for Impact: ESG Drives a Seismic Shift in Finance

A comprehensive view of the ways in which the inclusion of environmental, social and governance issues are changing the finance industry.

14 Jun - 16 Jun 2022   |   Virtual Course


Course Overview

For decades corporations around the world were driven toward the single and unifying goal of maximizing shareholder value. The proof of succeeding or failing was found in the financial measures of the firm, with judgement swiftly and efficiently conveyed in the stock price.

As many corporations built complex global operations grew, commanding revenues and resources dwarfing the communities in which they operated questions emerged about the impact of these powerful entities. Communities, employees, regulators and other stakeholders raised questions about the extent to which financial results alone were sufficient to explain the impact the companies had on the environment and society. These non-financial questions took on different forms and were asked in different ways, but eventually coalesced in the finance and policy realms as “environmental, social and governance,” or ESG issues.

The ESG issue has moved from the margins of finance to the centre stage as investors, communities and regulators demand much more extra-financial information from companies to understand the full impact of their operations. The operating environment for all companies is undergoing a fundamental and unrelenting shift which is both demanding and chaotic.

In Module I we will trace the evolution of what we now call ESG and develop the themes of the individual elements, explore the nature and scope of the demands of various stakeholder groups, and observe the challenges they convey to businesses.

Next, we’ll examine what we mean by ESG from a variety of perspectives. We will then review how forces have converged to push ESG into the mainstream of business and government. We will study emerging ESG frameworks, identifying common threads in a complex and fluid environment.

In Module II we will view the ESG challenge from the perspective of the corporation, exploring new demands require new approaches to business strategy in order to adapt and thrive. Risk management must evolve to integrate previously unmanaged sources or risk. Companies are reformulating initiatives and objectives to respond to broadening definitions and increasing expectations of corporate citizenship. We will explore how new synapses are being formed between executive management, directors, operating entities and risk management to embed transformational changes in the way companies do business.

In Module III we will shift the frame to investors’ role in ESG. How, and to what extent, has demand for ESG changed investment strategies? What challenges do individual and institutional investors faces when trying to incorporate non-financial measures in the analytical and portfolio construction processes? We will review concepts relating to the challenges of identifying reliable ESG data, the applicability of ESG ratings, and “greenwashing” issues.

Benefits of Attending


Upon completion of this seminar delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how ESG presents new challenges to traditional business and investment management practices
  • Identify and differentiate the driving forces of ESG practices and measurement
  • Comprehend competing and overlapping ESG frameworks and synthesize the common elements
  • Explore ways to integrate ESG issues in enterprise risk management to adapt to changing market demands and reveal competitive opportunities
  • Understand how to incorporate ESG in investment strategies, identify emerging sources of risk, and reconsider risk/return tradeoffs.

Who Should Attend?


This course will benefit professionals across the financial services industry, i.e; banks, insurance companies, securities firms, investment firms, leasing companies – in the following functions:

  • Executive management
  • Directors
  • Portfolio/Investment Management
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Credit Risk Management & Modeling
  • Internal Audit
  • Risk Governance & Policies
  • Strategic & Integrated Risks
  • Treasury
  • Compliance




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