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About the event

The Sustainability Fundamentals course provides investment professionals, company managers, investor relations officers, corporate directors and other governance professionals what they need to know about the theoretical, empirical and  practical aspects of integrating ESG into investor and company decision-making. The structure and content of this substantially-updated course reflect the accelerating pace of developments. 

This will be delivered in three approximately 2.5 hour sessions over the course of a week. The webinar format provides course participants the opportunity for live interaction with the instructors and other participants. See feedback from past attendees.

Available as an individual course, Sustainability Fundamentals forms part of the ICGN Certificate in Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability, accredited through our partnership with Bryant University.

“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 

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Member = £499 + 20% VAT

Non member = £799 + 20% VAT


15:00 - 17:30 GMT


Senior Policy Manager
Carol Nolan Drake


  • 18 March 2024 - 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 - 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 - 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)