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Continue your journey by diving into sustainability standards and frameworks. This course will help you understand and interpret standards and frameworks that most organizations will need to implement over the next couple of years.
The third course of four in the Sustainability and ESG Certificate will be delivered live online over four half days and is accompanied by hands-on case-based exercises to reinforce learning. It includes a mix of breadth and depth knowledge and resources in sustainability standards and frameworks that are important for CPAs and other business professionals. It will also provide perspectives on sustainable finance and assurance from an internal control lens. The learner will walk away with an understanding of the sustainability reporting landscape and how to navigate and interpret the landscape.
What’s in it for me?
The competency of sustainability is one of the largest disruptions in the profession in more than 100 years. Developing your knowledge is a gateway to opportunity in this growing field with an increasing number of roles such as sustainability controller popping up. Those who have a base knowledge in sustainability will become increasingly valuable to the organization and those that have well rounded financial and business acumen to accompany this knowledge will have a competitive skills advantage. Becoming a key resource at your organization will give you the opportunity to position yourself for more senior positions and add increasing value to your organization’s future.
Even if you are not a public company, organizations part of a larger value chain will experience needs from those they supply or provide services to. In addition, financial institutions, private equity and other providers of capital are increasingly interested in key sustainability metrics for organizations of all sizes.
This is the third of four courses within the certificate program: A New Frontier, Sustainability and ESG for CPAs.
We highly recommend starting with courses 1 and 2 in order to build a base of literacy in sustainability terminology and the overarching landscape of various business risks and opportunities before diving into the standards and frameworks. This background will give you further context to succeed in being a strategic asset to you organization.
The course is comprised of five facilitated modules taking place over four half days:
The following course is taught in a virtual live setting with knowledgeable and engaging facilitators. The course also has a case that will reinforce concepts throughout the class. All learners must submit the case activities and achieve a pass. A zoom link will be provided to participants.
Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.
The certificate and its courses are intended toward upskilling two distinct groups of professionals:
CPAs that have at least two to 10+ years of designated experience and MBA / business professionals that work in:
Within those groups, we expect the following roles to align with this course and its objectives:
Sustainability and ESG considerations are fundamentally changing how organizations plan and execute their strategy and operate and in doing so, are impacting the entire career spectrum.
Build strong literacy in sustainability by diving deeper into topics impacting organizations across sectors and industries. The course focuses on providing a breadth of topic areas for the learner to gain exposure to a variety of sustainability terminology and information.
Develop an understanding of the sustainability landscape including origins of sustainability concepts. This course is designed to build literacy on why sustainability risks and opportunities are important for CPAs and other professionals in this critical area.
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Tune into this two-part webinar to learn about the rapidly evolving sustainability landscape. Hear about recent developments in sustainability reporting and assurance standards and regulatory requirements, and the implications and opportunities for CPAs.
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