Become a qualified ESG leader

As a leader in ESG, you need to anticipate investors’ questions before they are asked, manage the
associated risks and implement an appropriate ESG framework that will operate across the
organisation.

Stand-out

Differentiate yourself as an informed leader with in-demand ESG skills and knowledge.

Opportunities

Be clear about the opportunities ESG provides and how to take advantage of these.

Learn from experts

Learn from experienced leaders in ESG to become a leader who can quickly adapt to change.

The world’s first university credit-rated online Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

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What delegates say

“Pitched at the right level, at the right time and you are supported by a very energetic team in CGI.”

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Bob Hoffman – Ireland

Managing Partner

“An excellent programme that was enhanced by the depth of expertise possessed by tutors.”

Peter-Fitzgerald
Peter Fitzgerald – Ireland

Non Executive Director

This was an excellent course. The materials were well designed. I have no hesitation in recommending this course.

Jon-Gillies
Jon Gillies – United Kingdom

Trustee

What you’ll learn in each module

The Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) will give you the practical tools and techniques to become a qualified ESG leader. You will learn through a mix of written content, podcasts, interactive exercises and scenario challenges.

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 7
  • Module 8
  • Module 9
  • Module 10
  • Assessment

The origins of ESG

You will gain a clear understanding of the background of
E, S and G. In this module you will cover:

  • Key sustainability trends and concepts
  • Societal responses to ESG
  • The history of corporate sustainability
  • A deep dive into the E, S and G factors
  • ESG in action through a case study

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding why ESG is on the rise.

Speaker on this topic

Karima Mariama-Arthur Portrait

Karima Mariama-Arthur

Corporate Counsel | Corporate Governance Strategic Leadership Development & Organisational Performance


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

The evolving ESG landscape

You will understand, in detail, the broad changing landscape of ESG and its implications for your career. In this module you will cover:

  • The growth of ESG and the changing ESG landscape
  • The implications for corporate action on E, S and G
  • Stakeholder approaches to ESG
  • Geographical differences in ESG
  • Practical examples

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Margot Slattery

Global Ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion, ISS


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Exploring ESG investing

You will learn about the changes that are taking place within the investment community in relation to ethical and ESG investing. In this module you will cover:

  • An introduction to ESG investing
  • Growth in ESG investment
  • Approaches to ESG investment
  • ESG ratings and measuring ESG
  • Practical failings of ESG investment
  • The corporate perspective to ESG investing

How you'll apply your learning

Clearly understand ESG investing and how to maintain good investor relations.

Speaker on this topic

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Ramani Hariharan

Vice President & Head - Origination and Sustainability at Ynsect


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

ESG and the role of the board

You will be clear about the board roles and responsibilities in delivering ESG. In this module you will cover:

  • The principles of corporate governance
  • The duties and responsibilities of the board
  • The board and ESG oversight
  • The size, structure and composition of the board
  • Board roles - Chair, non-executive directors, etc.
  • Board culture and tell-tale signs of toxic board culture

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Paul White

Founding member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Integrating ESG into business strategy

You will learn how to develop your corporate sustainability strategy. In this module you will cover:

  • Approaches to corporate sustainability strategy
  • Materiality assessment and strategy
  • Objective setting
  • Ownership

How you'll apply your learning

Create a strategy that priorities the ESG issues, is ambitious and includes an effective action plan.

Speaker on this topic

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Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Partner Technology and Life Sciences group and Capital Markets, Goodwin


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Best practice in ESG and risk management

You will understand how to manage and mitigate ESG risk using best-practice metrics. In this module you will cover:

  • Governance and ESG risks
  • Strategy and risk
  • ESG risks and opportunities
  • Managing risk
  • Risk management tools
  • The Use of data analytics

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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TBC


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

The importance of governance in ESG

You will understand how your ESG framework supports and enhances your governance practices. In this module you will cover:

  • Governance architecture
  • The governance handbook
  • Policies and procedures
  • The ESG committee - Terms of reference
  • ESG reporting and the board
  • Board evaluations

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Dr Vindel Kerr

International Management Consultant, Corporate Governance Expert


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

ESG and data quality: why it matters

You will learn how to optimise the use of ESG data across all aspects of your business. In this module you will cover:

  • ESG data and the board
  • The requirement for quality ESG data
  • Key concepts and practical examples
  • ESG investments and scores
  • ESG data, reporting and disclosures
  • Case studies

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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TBC


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Best practice in ESG reporting

You will learn how to accurately report your ESG data to support your strategic decisions. In this module you will cover:

  • Corporate ESG reporting trends
  • Audiences for the ESG report
  • Navigating ESG frameworks
  • Key reporting legislation
  • Future legislation and standard

How you'll apply your learning

Drive standards by setting up and implementing effective ESG reporting across the organisation.

Speaker on this topic

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Ruth Odih

Key member of the Secretariat Team at Centrica plc


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Leading ESG transformation in your organisation

You will learn how to develop and implement a successful transition plan to ESG. In this module you will cover:

  • An overview of the sustainable transformation framework
  • Where to start
  • Insight into processes and enablers
  • People and organisational design
  • Internal communications

How you'll apply your learning

Deliver a successful sustainable transformation in your organisation using the right framework and tools.

Speaker on this topic

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TBC


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

Assessment

There are two graded online assessments. Each assessment lasts 90 minutes and is based on multiple choice questions.

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.


Learn through a mix of:

  • Case studies
  • Interactive exercises
  • Written content
  • Videos

You will gain a clear understanding of the background of E, S and G. In this module you will cover:

  • Key sustainability trends and concepts
  • Societal responses to ESG
  • The history of corporate sustainability
  • A deep dive into the E, S and G factors
  • ESG in action through a case study

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

Karima Mariama-Arthur Portrait

Karima Mariama-Arthur

Corporate Counsel | Corporate Governance Strategic Leadership Development & Org Performance Management Advisor

You will understand, in detail, the broad changing landscape of ESG and its implications for your career. In this module you will cover:

  • The growth of ESG and the changing ESG landscape
  • The implications for corporate action on E, S and G
  • Stakeholder approaches to ESG
  • Geographical differences in ESG
  • Practical examples

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

Portrait Placeholder Icon

Margot Slattery

Global Ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion, ISS

You will learn about the changes that are taking place within the investment community in relation to ethical and ESG investing. In this module you will cover:

  • An introduction to ESG investing
  • Growth in ESG investment
  • Approaches to ESG investment
  • ESG ratings and measuring ESG
  • Practical failings of ESG investment
  • The corporate perspective to ESG investing

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Ramani Hariharan

You will be clear about the board roles and responsibilities in delivering ESG. In this module you will cover:

  • The principles of corporate governance
  • The duties and responsibilities of the board
  • The board and ESG oversight
  • The size, structure and composition of the board
  • Board roles - Chair, non-executive directors, etc.
  • Board culture and tell-tale signs of toxic board culture

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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TBC

You will learn how to develop your corporate sustainability strategy. In this module you will cover:

  • Approaches to corporate sustainability strategy
  • Materiality assessment and strategy
  • Objective setting
  • Ownership

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

Portrait Placeholder Icon

Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Partner Technology and Life Sciences group and Capital Markets, Goodwin

You will understand how to manage and mitigate ESG risk using best-practice metrics. In this module you will cover:

  • Governance and ESG risks
  • Strategy and risk
  • ESG risks and opportunities
  • Managing risk
  • Risk management tools
  • The Use of data analytics

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

Portrait Placeholder Icon

TBC

You will learn how to optimise the use of ESG data across all aspects of your business. In this module you will cover:

  • ESG data and the board
  • The requirement for quality ESG data
  • Key concepts and practical examples
  • ESG investments and scores
  • ESG data, reporting and disclosures
  • Case studies

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Elliot Pershes

Principal Attorney, Pershes Law Center

You will understand how your ESG framework supports and enhances your governance practices. In this module you will cover:

  • Governance architecture
  • The governance handbook
  • Policies and procedures
  • The ESG committee - Terms of reference
  • ESG reporting and the board
  • Board evaluations

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Dr Vindel Kerr

International Management Consultant, Corporate Governance Expert

Gain a clear understanding of the background of E, S and G that will allow you to understand the context of ESG. You will learn about:

  • Corporate ESG reporting trends
  • Audiences for the ESG report
  • Navigating ESG frameworks
  • Key reporting legislation
  • Future legislation and standard

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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Ruth Odih

Key member of the Secretariat Team at Centrica plc

You will learn how to develop and implement a successful transition plan to ESG. In this module you will cover:

  • An overview of the sustainable transformation framework
  • Where to start
  • Insight into processes and enablers
  • People and organisational design
  • Internal communications

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Speaker on this topic

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TBC

There are two graded online assessments. Each assessment lasts 60 minutes and is based on multiple choice questions.

How you'll apply your learning

Start making an impact at leadership level and in the boardroom with your understanding of ESG.

Why choose this diploma?

Diploma certificate

Diploma certificate

Once you successfully complete the diploma, you will be awarded a certificate as proof of your qualification in ESG. Use it to let your wider network know you have:

Once you successfully complete the diploma, you will be awarded a certificate as proof of your qualification in ESG. Use it to let your wider network know you have:

Membership

Membership

While you take this diploma, you have free access to membership of the Corporate Governance Institute. Supplement your learning by:

While you take this diploma, you have free access to membership of the Corporate Governance Institute. Supplement your learning by:

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Post-nominals DipESG

Post-nominals DipESG

When you become a qualified delegate, use your post-nominal letters, DipESG to progress your ESG career.Use them to signify to your wider network that you have:

When you become a qualified delegate, use your post-nominal letters, DipESG to progress your ESG career. Use them to signify to your wider network that you have:

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Frequently asked questions

Our global speakers are specialists in ESG and come from a wide variety of industries. As well as speaking frequently on ESG topics, they are also professionally involved in numerous types of businesses.

On this diploma, they will bring you through the most current and relevant case studies. You will learn about the latest thinking in ESG at leadership level.

This diploma is fully online and self-paced. You can learn at your own pace, in your own time, whenever and wherever it suits you. From the time you enrol on the diploma, you have six months to complete your studies.

Definitely. We designed this diploma to demystify and define what it means to be a leader in ESG. It covers key concepts in ESG all the way through to in-depth analysis. You will develop your own personal brand as an ESG leader.

The case studies are real-world, practical and full of insights. Your resulting certification is globally recognised.

This diploma is ideal for leaders who wish to make a positive impact in their organisation, society and the environment.

The diploma includes two assessments. You need to pass both assessments to receive your university credit-rated qualification. 

You’ll complete your assessments online, at a time that suits you, using our assessment platform. Once you enrol on the course, you’ll receive detailed instructions on how and when you’re eligible to attempt your assessments. 

The assessment questions are based on the course materials. You’ll be very prepared to take the assessments once you’ve familiarised yourself with the course content. The assessments usually take the format of multiple choice style questions and each one will take you 90 minutes to complete.

University credit-rated. Industry approved. Globally recognised.

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