ESG and Sustainability Masterclass

The ESG and Sustainability Masterclass offers a comprehensive overview of an ESG framework and its vital role in supporting a company’s overall risk management and value creation strategy. Through in-depth exploration of each component of ESG, participants will gain valuable insights into their interconnections and how they collectively influence the company’s long-term value and its stakeholders.

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The Purpose of the training

Enhancing Effectiveness through Sustainable Strategies.

The Scribe Services training course delves into the examination of corporate pressures and stakeholder expectations, emphasizing their profound impact on risk and opportunity identification and overall business success. Participants will acquire a nuanced understanding of critical considerations from both the company and investor perspectives, enabling them to effectively apply theory to real-world scenarios in a final case study. 

By attending this training course, individuals will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the intricate landscape of ESG and sustainability, empowering them to make informed decisions that align with responsible business practices and create long-term value for all stakeholders involved.

Who Should Attend?

This ESG and Sustainability Masterclass is designed to cater to the needs of individuals from various backgrounds who seek to enhance their understanding of how organizations effectively address ESG and Sustainability challenges. It is particularly beneficial for individuals in roles such as:

Objectives

  • Understand the concept of corporate purpose and its role in building sustainable businesses;
  • Explain what ESG is and its relevance to the business and making financial decisions;
  • Identify material environmental, social, and governance issues for the business;
  • Explain how stakeholders influence corporate ESG performance;
  • Have an understanding of the evolving corporate reporting landscape and reporting standards;
  • Learn how to engage C-Suite Executives and get most of their support into the Sustainability Plan;
  • Analyze ESG risks and opportunities;
  • Appreciate the role of ESG data in influencing investment decisions;
  • Assess the ESG performance of your organization using publicly available information; and
  • Translate ESG information to strategic insights.

Meet Our Trainers

Scribe services trainers - Corporate Governance Masterclass - Bernard Kiragu

Bernard Kiragu

Managing Partner, Scribe Services Registrars

Bernard is Managing Partner at Scribe Services, and the Chief Trainer at Leading Edge Governance Consult, the firm’s training division. He is a Certified Secretary with more than 15 years’ practicing experience, providing Company Secretarial and Statutory compliance advisory to entities across all sectors. 

His areas of expertise include: Corporate Governance, Board Structures and processes, Board evaluations, Board and Committee charters. Bernard is also a member of the Membership and Advocacy committee of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. He has been providing Corporate Services to major international companies with subsidiaries or branches registered in Kenya.

He is a member of the Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Makerere University Business School Leadership Centre and the Institute of Directors (K). Bernard holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership at Pan African Christian (PAC) University. He is a Certified Governance Auditor and an authorized tax agent.

Bernard’s ICSK Registration and Practicing numbers are as follows R/1765 and P/660 respectively.

Loise Wangui

Managing Partner & ESG Lead, Protos Capital LLP

Loise is the Managing Partner at Protos Capital, a leading ESG integration, impact modelling and reporting consultancy firm, in Kenya. She is certified sustainability professional with a legal and finance background and 15 years of experience. She is an expert in capital markets, climate adaptation finance, ESG integration and sustainability reporting.

Loise is passionate about building sustainable businesses that maximize returns while having a positive impact on the environment and society. In this regard, she works with businesses, policy makers and investors to integrate ESG into investment decision making, strategy, risk management, communication and exit processes. 

Prior to founding Protos Capital, Loise was the Chief Officer, Regulatory Affairs and ESG lead at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, where she championed various initiatives to drive sustainable investments and encourage sustainable business practices. These include developing the first ESG Disclosure Guidelines for listed companies in Kenya, and the Listing Rules & Issuer Guide for Green Bonds. Most recently, Loise also developed the ESG Reporting Guidelines for Rwanda Stock Exchange.

Loise holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) in Public Finance and Financial Services Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the same university. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a GRI certified sustainability professional, a certified company secretary and a certified expert in climate adaptation finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. 

She is also an active contributor to the sustainable growth agenda through think tanks, trainings, publications and thought leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ESG and why is it important?

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. It represents a set of criteria used to evaluate a company’s performance and impact in these three areas. ESG is vital for businesses and organizations as it helps to measure their sustainability efforts, ethical practices, and overall resilience. Embracing ESG principles can lead to improved brand reputation, increased investor confidence, and better long- term financial performance

What are the key components of ESG, and how do they relate to sustainability?

The key components of ESG are:

  • Environmental: Focusing on reducing environmental impact, such as carbon emissions, waste management, and resource conservation.
  • Social: Addressing social issues like employee welfare, diversity and inclusion, human rights, and community engagement.
  • Governance: Ensuring strong corporate governance, transparency, and ethical decision-making.

These components are interconnected and collectively contribute to the sustainability of a company.

How can sustainable strategies enhance the effectiveness of our business operations?

Sustainable strategies can enhance business effectiveness by promoting resource efficiency, risk management, and innovation. By incorporating environmentally friendly practices, optimizing supply chains, and fostering a positive company culture, organizations can reduce costs, attract top talent, and gain a competitive advantage.

How can adopting ESG principles positively impact our company's reputation and brand image?

Embracing ESG principles can improve your company’s reputation and brand image by showcasing your commitment to responsible business practices. Stakeholders and customers often prefer to associate with companies that prioritize sustainability and social responsibility, leading to increased trust and loyalty.

Studies have shown that companies with strong ESG performance tend to outperform their peers in the long run. This is because sustainable practices can lead to improved operational efficiency, reduced risks, better brand reputation, and enhanced stakeholder trust, all of which can positively impact financial performance.

How do ESG considerations factor into investment decisions and attract investors?

Investors are increasingly integrating ESG factors into their decision-making processes. Companies with robust ESG practices are seen as more resilient and capable of delivering long-term value. As a result, these companies can attract responsible investors seeking to align their portfolios with sustainable and ethical principles.

How do ESG considerations impact supply chain management and vendor selection?

ESG considerations have a significant impact on supply chain management and vendor selection. Companies are increasingly evaluating suppliers based on their environmental practices, labor standards, and governance policies. Integrating ESG criteria into vendor selection can help mitigate reputational risks, improve supply chain resilience, and foster long-term partnerships with socially and environmentally responsible suppliers.

What are the challenges and potential risks associated with integrating ESG into our business?

Integrating ESG practices may come with challenges such as initial investment costs, resistance to change, and data collection complexities. Additionally, companies may face reputational risks if they fail to deliver on their sustainability commitments. However, by addressing these challenges proactively, businesses can unlock numerous benefits in the long run.

Yes, various countries have started to introduce ESG-related regulations and frameworks. Some examples regulatory requirements and frameworks include the United Nations Global Compact, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Additionally, countries and regions may have specific ESG reporting and disclosure regulations, such as the EU Non- Financial Reporting Directive. Staying informed about these frameworks is crucial for aligning your company’s practices with international standards and meeting compliance obligations. Familiarizing yourself with standards like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) can help  your organization align with best practices and stay compliant with emerging regulations.

Can you provide guidance on developing and reporting on ESG metrics and goals?

Developing and reporting on ESG metrics and goals requires a structured approach. Identify relevant ESG metrics based on your industry, company size, and materiality to stakeholders. Establish clear targets and timeframes for achieving your sustainability goals. When reporting, be transparent, accurate, and provide context for your data. Utilize recognized reporting frameworks like GRI or SASB to enhance credibility and comparability with other organizations.

How can our company measure and track its progress in implementing sustainable strategies?

Measuring and tracking progress in ESG implementation can be achieved through setting specific goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) related to each E, S, and G component. For example, you could measure reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (Environmental), improvements in employee diversity and retention rates (Social), and enhancements in corporate governance practices (Governance). Regular data collection, reporting, and benchmarking against industry peers will enable your company to assess its performance, identify areas for improvement, and celebrate success.

What are the benefits of having an independent ESG audit or assessment for our organization?

Conducting an independent ESG audit or assessment offers several benefits. It provides a comprehensive evaluation of your company’s ESG practices, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and offers recommendations for improvement. An independent assessment enhances the credibility of your ESG reporting and signals transparency and accountability to stakeholders, including investors and customers.

How can our company create a comprehensive ESG policy that aligns with our values and objectives?

Creating a comprehensive ESG policy involves understanding your company’s values and objectives and aligning them with relevant ESG principles. Engage stakeholders across different departments to gather insights and ensure broad buy-in. Your policy should outline specific sustainability goals, responsible business practices, and a roadmap for implementation. Regularly review and update the policy to adapt to changing circumstances and evolving best practices.

What are the challenges of implementing ESG strategies?

There are some challenges to implementing ESG strategies, including:

  • The cost of compliance
  • The lack of standardized metrics
  • The complexity of the issue
  • The lack of internal expertise
Are there any tools or technologies available to help streamline the integration of ESG practices?

Yes, there are several tools and technologies available to streamline ESG practices. ESG management software can help with data collection, reporting, and performance tracking. Environmental management systems can assist in tracking and reducing resource consumption. Moreover, ESG rating agencies and research platforms can provide valuable insights into your company’s ESG performance compared to peers and industry standards.

How can we communicate our ESG efforts transparently to stakeholders and the public?

Transparent communication of ESG efforts is essential to build trust with stakeholders and the public. Consider publishing a sustainability report detailing your ESG initiatives, progress, and future goals. Use clear and accessible language to engage a wide audience. Engage with stakeholders through various communication channels, such as social media, press releases, and dedicated webpages, to provide updates on your sustainability journey.

Can you address common misconceptions or myths about ESG and sustainability?

Common misconceptions about ESG and sustainability include viewing them solely as a cost burden, believing that they only apply to large corporations, or assuming that sustainable practices compromise financial performance. In reality, ESG integration can drive long-term value, apply to companies of all sizes, and often lead to cost savings and increased profitability over time.

To stay up-to-date with the latest ESG trends and best practices, participate in industry conferences, webinars, and workshops focused on sustainability. Engage with ESG experts, join sustainability networks, and subscribe to reputable publications and reports. Regularly monitor updates from organizations like the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Global Compact, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to stay informed about emerging ESG standards and guidelines.

What is the content of your ESG Masterclass?

Upon completion of this ESG and Sustainability Masterclass, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of corporate purpose and its role in building sustainable businesses;
  • Explain what ESG is and its relevance to the business and making financial decisions;
  • Identify material environmental, social, and governance issues for the business;
  • Explain how stakeholders influence corporate ESG performance;
  • Have an understanding of the evolving corporate reporting landscape and reporting standards;
  • Learn how to engage C-Suite Executives and get most of their support into the Sustainability Plan;
  • Analyze ESG risks and opportunities;
  • Appreciate the role of ESG data in influencing investment decisions;
  • Assess the ESG performance of your organization using publicly available information; and
  • Translate ESG information to strategic insights.
Who is the target audience for your ESG Masterclass?

Our ESG Masterclass is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about ESG and how to implement ESG strategies in their organization. This includes:

  • Board Members
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Investors and Analysts
  • Corporate Governance Professionals
  • Sustainability and CSR Practitioners
  • Risk and Compliance Professionals
How can I register for your ESG Masterclass?

Discover the path to sustainable success with our exclusive ESG Masterclass! Register now by visiting our website through the Registration Link. Unlock the insights and strategies that will empower you to excel in the realm of Environmental, Social, and Governance practices. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and gain a competitive edge in today’s socially responsible business landscape.

Enroll today for a registration fee of only KES 45,000 and take a significant step towards building a more sustainable and responsible future for your organization. Limited spots available, so secure yours now! See you at the ESG Masterclass!