ESG & Financial Reporting Self-Study Webinar (2 Hours)

Overview: 

The focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance issues (ESG) continues to accelerate as investors and other stakeholders seek to understand and assess material ESG factors in their investment, purchasing and employment decisions. ESG investment strategies already make up a large portion of US assets under professional management, and are poised to rise even higher.

Objective: 

This self-study webinar will address key drivers demanding corporate attention on ESG, and how financial reporting teams can help companies identify, assess, and disclose ESG issues in ways that increase trust with stakeholders and enhance corporate reputation and long-term value.

Emphasis: 
  • ESG Investing Accelerates
    – What is ESG?
    – Mainstream investment strategy
    – Impact of COVID-19
    – Investor engagement priorities
    – Matters for consumers and
       investors
  • Disclosures & Communication
    – Increase in disclosures
    – Challenges
    – Reporting standards and
       guidance
    – Standard setters and related
       efforts
        – SASB
        – Global Reporting Initiative
           (GRI)
        – World Economic Forum’s
           International Business
           Council
       – International goals and
          guidance
          – Sustainable Development
             Goals (SDGs)
          – Task Force on Climate-
             Related Financial
             Disclosures
      – The evolving role of the
         finance team
      – Shared values among
         stakeholders
    – ESG metrics
    – Stakeholder Impact Report
    – Environmental, social and
       governance reporting
    – Core elements of climate-
       related financial disclosures
    – Updated SEC discussions
    – Communicating with investors
  • Reporting Oversight Practices
    – Key corporate considerations
    – Leveraging COSO to improve
       sustainability
    – Internal control and
       sustainability reporting
    – Applying enterprise risk
       management to ESG risks
    – Enhancing corporate reporting
    – Workforce issues
    – Environmental governance and
       communications
    – Disclosures focusing on climate
       change

Identify the single biggest perceived threat to strategic success in the next 3-5 years per a recent survey of governance specialists

Recognize the relative popularity of ESG as an investment strategy

Recognize the biggest obstacle to assessing ESG risk per an investor’s report

Identify the first and most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting

Identify the roots of the Global Reporting Institute (GRI)

Recognize the SEC’s perspective towards ESG reporting

Recognize the ESG-centric entity associated with industry-specific disclosure topics, metrics and guidance

Identify stakeholders’ view of existing ESG standards and frameworks
 

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Price: 
$109.00
Prerequisite: 

None.

Preparation: 

No advance preparation required.

Level of Knowledge: 

Update.

CPE Credit: 
2.00
NASBA Field of Study: 
Accounting