In recent years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors have become a significant consideration for businesses worldwide.
The shift towards sustainable and responsible practices is not just a moral imperative; it is also an essential driver for long-term value creation. However, embarking on an ESG transition journey comes with its own set of risks and challenges.
Masterclass Events explores the risks involved and uncovers the vast array of opportunities that await those willing to embrace ESG wholeheartedly.
Masterclass Events will host an interactive workshop on best practices for companies that are embracing ESG as a key part of their business strategy.
Sponsored by Edge Training, the event will take place on 26 May 2023 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg – and will run from 09:00 until 16:00.
Risks Associated with ESG Transition:
- Regulatory and Compliance Risks: As governments and regulatory bodies worldwide tighten regulations, companies may face compliance risks if they fail to adapt their operations to meet new ESG standards. Failure to comply can result in financial penalties, legal disputes, reputational damage, and even loss of market access.
- Reputational Risks: The spotlight on ESG practices has intensified, with stakeholders, including customers, investors, employees, and communities, demanding transparency and accountability. Companies with poor ESG track records risk reputational damage, loss of consumer trust, and diminished market competitiveness.
- Transition Costs: Implementing ESG initiatives often requires significant financial investments in infrastructure upgrades, technology adoption, talent acquisition, and training. Companies must carefully manage these costs and ensure a favourable return on investment while balancing short-term financial implications.
- Supply Chain Risks: Companies reliant on complex global supply chains face challenges in ensuring that ESG standards are upheld throughout the entire value chain. This involves verifying the sustainability practices of suppliers, addressing potential human rights violations, and managing risks related to resource scarcity and climate change impacts. This involves verifying the sustainability practices of suppliers, addressing potential human rights violations, and managing risks related to resource scarcity and climate change impacts.
Opportunities within the ESG Transition:
- Enhanced Reputation and Brand Value: Successful integration of ESG principles can boost a company’s reputation, positioning it as a responsible and sustainable organization. Building a positive brand image aligned with ESG values can attract socially conscious customers, enhance brand loyalty, and drive long-term business growth.
- Access to Capital: The growing emphasis on ESG factors has led to a surge in sustainable investing. Companies that prioritize ESG performance can attract a broader range of investors, including those who specifically seek out businesses with strong sustainability credentials. Access to this capital can support innovation, expansion, and resilience in the face of evolving market dynamics.
- Innovation and Efficiency Gains: Adopting ESG practices often stimulates innovation, leading to the development of new products, services, and processes that reduce resource consumption, enhance energy efficiency, and minimize waste. Such innovations not only contribute to environmental preservation but also drive cost savings and operational efficiencies.
- Talent Attraction and Retention: Millennial and Gen Z employees, who will make up a significant portion of the workforce, increasingly prioritize purpose-driven work and seek employers that demonstrate a commitment to ESG values. Companies that prioritize ESG can attract and retain top talent, fostering a culture of innovation, diversity, and inclusivity.
The transition towards ESG represents both risks and opportunities for businesses. While the risks cannot be ignored, proactive organizations that embrace ESG principles stand to gain substantial benefits.
Beyond financial considerations, the integration of ESG practices can enhance reputation, attract investment, drive innovation, and create a positive impact on society and the environment.
By embracing the ESG transition, companies can position themselves as leaders in sustainability, ensuring long-term success in an evolving business landscape.
If you hold any of the following roles, you cannot afford to miss this event:
- Managers and analysts who work in their company’s risk divisions.
- Credit managers who are involved in the ESG process.
- Client-facing and frontline bank staff – such as relationship managers and business managers.
- Auditors and compliance teams who operate in the regulatory and monitoring landscape.
Anyone working on the sustainability strategy within their organization will also find this course extremely valuable, as it will provide excellent insight into the risks and opportunities they will face along their ESG journey.
The event will take place on 26 May 2023 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg – and will run from 09:00 until 16:00.
What you will learn
This Masterclass event will be presented by two highly qualified ESG experts:
- Dipika Deoduth – Internal Audit Manager: Sustainability Risk (VP) at Absa
- Lorraine Jenks – TEDX speaker and accredited climate reality leader
They will teach attendees how to identify and address ESG risks and opportunities within their businesses using global best practice frameworks and analysis techniques.
This knowledge is important for any ESG professional who wants to help their business be a responsible industry player, and for investors who need transparent ESG reporting and disclosure structures that let them measure whether companies are achieving their strategic commitments.
Attendees will then learn about the key ESG concepts in the UN Sustainable Development Goals – which lets organizations become meaningful role players in the transition to net zero.
Additionally, a deep dive into the ‘S’ imperative in ESG (social), particularly regarding how it applies to emerging markets, will take place.
This is a topic that has received increased global attention, as it is an essential component in achieving sustainable development.
About Edge Training
Edge Training (Pty) Ltd is the official partner of the Navigating ESG transitions risks and Opportunities event hosted by Masterclass Events.
With 23 years’ experience in the training industry and a strong focus on solving B-BBEE related skills development challenges in a meaningful way, Edge Training as a BBBEE Level 1 training provider is the ideal partner for Masterclass Events to expand its’ offering into the Banking and Finance sectors in form of accredited learnerships and short courses.
As an accredited training company, Edge Training offers learnerships and courses accredited by SERVICES SETA, CATHSSETA, W&R SETA, MICT SETA, and TETA SETA.