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The Certificate in Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability, accredited by Bryant University, consists of the three core ‘Fundamentals’ courses, with each course including three 2.5 hour webinar sessions.  Spring dates for the Certificate are:

Designed to provide investment professionals, company managers, investor relations officers, corporate directors and other governance professionals with both a conceptual understanding of these key topics in today’s corporate landscape and an insight into how they are implemented in practice. 

Courses include live input from our expert trainers, supported by discussions, case studies and other activities and are complemented by a comprehensive set of support materials and recommended reading. More background about the evolution of the course, its components and our partnership with Bryant is available here.

See feedback from past attendees and learning objectives for all three ‘Fundamentals’ courses.

“I had the pleasure of taking the ICGN Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability course, and I must say that it was an incredibly rewarding experience. The course was expertly designed and delivered by highly experienced professionals in the field, who provided in-depth insights into the latest developments and best practices in corporate governance and stewardship.

 What I appreciated most about the course was its emphasis on practical application. The trainers presented real-world case studies and encouraged active participation, enabling me to apply the concepts I learned to my own work. The quality of the training was exceptional, with engaging presentations, interactive sessions, and comprehensive materials that were both informative and easy to follow. 

Overall, I highly recommend the ICGN training course to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in corporate governance.” -  Stanley Soosur - Country Head, Glass Lewis 

If you have any queries about the course please contact:  

For our registration terms and conditions click here


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Member = £1449 + £290 certification fee

Non member = £2299 + £460 certification fee


14:00 - 16:30 GMT

15:00 - 17:30 GMT


Head of Content
European Corporate Governance Institute
George Dallas - a white man, seated, wearing glasses and a grey suit, speaks into a microphone
Senior Advisor
Fiona Ellard
Fiona Ellard
Head of Stewardship & Sustainable Investment Strategy
Paul Lee
Managing Director
Valoris Stewardship Catalysts
Mike Lubrano
Senior Policy Manager
Carol Nolan Drake


  • 5 February 2024 - Governance Fundamentals Session 1

    14:00 -16:30
    Foundations of governance, the board’s role and effectiveness, corporate culture
    • Corporate failures and the invention of governance 
    • The role of the board 
    • External characteristics of the board 
    • The effective board
  • 18 March 2024 - Sustainability Fundamentals Session 1

    15:00 - 17:30
    Sustainability and Capital Markets: From the Shadows to Centre Stage
    • Origins of environmentalism (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring; Meadows, Limits to Growth)
    • Key moments in history
    • Enter Capital Markets
    • Current State
  • 21 March 2024 - Sustainability Fundamentals Session 2

    15:00 - 17:30
    Sustainability in Practice: Disclosure and Stewardship
    • The Roots: the development of the ratings agencies
    • Global Reporting Initiative
    • Sustainability Assurance Standards Board
    • International Integrated Reporting Council
    • International Sustainability Standards Board
    • EFRAG
    • Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive
    • Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive
    • Sustainability Taxonomies
    • Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations
    • Stewardship Codes
    • Major Stewardship Initiatives and beta stewardship
  • 26 March 2024 - Sustainability Fundamentals Session 3

    15:00 - 17:30
    Transition to Sustainability: Climate Change, Biodiversity, Social Justice and the Ecological Transition
    • The key challenges: Climate change, biodiversity loss, wealth inequality, corruption/ trust/ rule of law
    • Potential remedies:
    • Climate: TCFD, IIGC, GFANZ, Climate Action 100+
    • Biodiversity (TNFD, Finance for Biodiversity Pledge, Nature Action 100)
    • Wealth Inequality (Taskforce on Inequality-related Financial Disclosures; Taskforce on Social-Related Disclosures)
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Embedded concepts:
    • Circular Economy
    • Rights for Nature and Ecocide
    • Planetary Boundaries
    • Emerging tech (SDI-AOP, Circularity Index)
    • Emerging Mandates (ICGN/GISD Model Mandate)
    • Governance of Sustainability: 10 questions for directors (from ICGN statement on CS3D)