ESG & Financial Reporting Webinar (1.5 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 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
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Prerequisite: 

None.

Preparation: 

No advance preparation required.

Level of Knowledge: 

Update.

CPE Credit: 
1.50
NASBA Field of Study: 
Accounting