Sustainability: An Introduction to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)
Define and apply the concept of ESG.
ESG has become a buzzword in business and the media. But the meaning and principles of the concept can be hard to define.
On this two-week course from the Association of Corporate Treasurers, you’ll learn all you need to know about Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). After defining and applying the concept, you’ll explore the impact it could have on your organisation and life.
Discover the origins of the ESG agenda
Before you get into the detail of ESG, you’ll learn more about the origins of the concept.
You’ll explore the role that the UN has played in defining and setting ESG targets and understand how these relate to the sustainable development goals.
Home in on key concepts and components of ESG
In the second week of the course, you’ll take a more focused look at the different components of the ESG umbrella.
You’ll break down each aspect of the acronym, and cover key concepts and developments like biodiversity, the EU taxonomy and the Dasgupta Review.
Reflect on the implications of ESG for business ethics and the environment
Once you’ve understood the concept of ESG, you can begin thinking about its broader implications. You’ll explore how applying ESG goals in your own organisation could improve its ethical and environmental impact.
You’ll finish the course with the knowledge and confidence to champion ESG at home and at work.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss the scope and context of climate change
- Describe the role of the international community and the different goals they aim to achieve
- Explain the main environmental factors that affect sustainability
- Explain the main social factors that affect sustainability
- Explain the main governance factors that affect sustainability
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with a broad interest in business ethics and ESG.
Whether you are a student or a professional, working at any level of seniority, this course will provide a useful foundation for building ESG principles into your work and everyday life.
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