3.5 hours

What you’ll learn

The Origins of ESG

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Online, self paced

Why is it important to know about the origins of ESG?

The ESG landscape is constantly changing and evolving. Knowing the origins of ESG, and its milestones, helps to understand why ESG has become essential. This makes it easier to adapt and respond to changes.


Having a historical perspective of ESG is a key way to understand the current state of ESG and what lies ahead.


Leaders that know the history of ESG can identify opportunities and create a more effective and sustainable approach to it.


Decision-making capabilities are enhanced by knowing how ESG has evolved and its influence on investment and business practices.

Become a smarter and more effective ESG leader. Fully understand the origins of ESG, and how knowledge of the past can lead to more sustainable business practices.

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What delegates say about our courses:

“The Diploma in Corporate Governance was excellent. It was an eye opener for me and I learnt an immense amount from the course and tutors.”

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“Excellent programme, content very relevant to existing and aspiring board members. Excellent support provided by the team in CGI and the online format worked very well.”

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“There was plenty of help and support available and patience as I engaged and learned. Very much appreciated the materials, delivery, and support.”

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“Challenging course but well delivered by an excellent team. Course materials very professional and lectures from a high calibre team with vast practical experience.”

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What you will learn

Deepen your understanding of ESG and how it has changed over time with this in-depth look at the drivers of change and major landmarks in the ESG story.

Key sustainability trends and concepts

Learn about the main driving factors for corporate sustainability action and the issues that have led to the rise in ESG.

A timeline of events

Explore the series of events in the history of corporate sustainability that have influenced how ESG has developed.

Key approaches to sustainability

Take an in-depth look at how the business world has developed an informed approach to sustainability over time.

ESG risks and opportunities

Be clear about what ESG is, what it encompasses and why it’s so important for an organisation's products and services.

Looking to deepen your ESG leadership skills and insights?
Discover more about the Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

How you will apply your learning

Standout as an informed leader who knows how to navigate the changing ESG landscape.

Understand the factors contributing to the current ESG landscape and how they are interlinked.

Speak confidently about the concept and nuances of ESG within your organisation.

Make reference to key summits, agreements, laws and events that have helped influence corporate sustainability.

Recognise the key global sustainability challenges that organisations face.

Use your in-depth knowledge of the history of corporate sustainability to tackle current challenges.

Identify best practice approaches to sustainability by understanding their merit and how they’ve evolved.

Who will be teaching the course?

Karima Mariama-Arthur

Karima Mariama-Arthur offers her unique and expert perspective on the origins of ESG from a practitioner’s point of view.

Karima is a Corporate Counsel in Corporate Governance Strategic Leadership Development and Organisational Performance. She is a published author and CEO of WordSmithRapport.

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