Certificate in Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting | PolyU SPEED

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Certificate in Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting

Class Code

GA05

QF Level

5

Medium of Instruction

English supplemented with Cantonese

Duration & Contact Hours

3 months; 36 hours

Class Start Date

06 Mar 2021

Course Fee

$6,500

Supporting Organisation

BDO; CSEAR North Asia Office

Knowledge Sharing Partner

CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange

Class Start Date

March - May 2021

Class Time

Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday

Class Venue

PolyU West Kowloon Campus

Application Status

Open

Application Deadline

10 Feb 2021 (Seats are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.)

QR Registration Number

19/000983/L5

CEF Course Code

33C121859

Course Information

Background

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosure is a global trend as companies around the world are quested for sustainability performance that is linked to investment risk. The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market Limited (HKEX) has issued the ESG Reporting Guide for Hong Kong listed companies to comply with as part of their annual reporting exercise.

Hong Kong is in fact strategically positioned as an int’l green finance hub with ESG performance identified as a synergistic component.

To meet such local requirements and global stakeholder expectation, there is a need for accounting and financial professionals as well as senior managers to update such professional knowledge and learn how to develop strategic measures for both short-term and long-term goals in ESG reporting.

 

Objectives

1. Explain the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its relationship to ESG reporting.  

2. Examine the drivers for the global trend for emphasizing ESG reporting in the international capital market.

3. Evaluate the international and local standards related to ESG reporting by companies.

4. Examine issues pertinent to carbon audit and related initiatives.

5. Analyse material ESG and sustainability issues among companies. 

 

Target Participants 

  • Professional Accountants
  • Financial Analysts

  • Internal Auditors

  • Sustainability Managers

  • Senior Managers

 

Course Content

 

The concepts and principles of the major seven topics and current practices concerning sustainability reporting and green financing:

 

1. Business ethics, CSR and sustainability in relation to ESG

2. Socially responsible investiment and green financing 

3. Disclosure of non-financial information as a capital market requirement

4. ESG reporting and related HKEX compliance 

5. Stakeholder engagement and environmental management system

6. Conducting carbon audit and reporting carbon footprint 

7. Integrated Reporting (e.g global trend, climate change issues, UN Substainable Development Goals)

 

Case study and examples will be presented in the lectures and tutorials.  Tutorials will provide students an opportunity to consider and debate practical examples and to discuss a wide variety of case-studies concerning the various aspects of corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting, and green financing.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

 
  •        Explain the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its relationship to ESG reporting.

  •        Examine the drivers for the global trend for emphasizing ESG reporting in the international capital market.

  •        Evaluate the international and local standards related to ESG reporting by companies.

  •        Examine issues pertinent to carbon audit and related initiatives.

  •        Analyse material ESG and sustainability issues among companies.

 

Class Delivery

The classes are delivered principally in face-to-face mode and supplemented by some online learning materials.   

 

PolyU SPEED reserves the right to cancel any courses and to make any variations to the schedules, venues, contents, arrangements of lecturers/speakers and mode of delivery of the courses offered.

 
CEF This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.  This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).  To apply for Continuing Education Fund (CEF), please visit the CEF wesbite: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef

 

QF This course is recognised under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) at Level 5 and is now available on Qualification Register (QR) (QR Registration No.: 19/000983/L5;validity period from 4 July 2019).  For details of the HKQF, please visit the QR website: https://www.hkqr.gov.hk.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should:

(i) hold a bachelor's degree awarded by a recognized University or equivalent ["equivalent qualifications" include qualifications that are accredited at HKQF Level 5.] ; OR 

(ii) hold an associate degree or a higher diploma or equivalent qualifications ["equivalent qualification" include qualifications that are accredited at HKQF Level 4.], and have at least one year of relevant working experience; OR

(iii) hold relevant professional qualifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA). 

 

Notes:

Applicants do not possess the above entry requirements may be considered on case by case basis. These applicants may be required to attend an admission interview. 

Course Advisor and Teaching Team

The course will adopt cross-professional teaching approach involving academics and industry practitioners.

 

Course Advisor

Mr Ricky Cheng

Prof. Charles H. Cho, PhD, CPA

Professor of Accounting

Erivan K, Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability,

Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

 

Mr Ricky Cheng

Director and Head of Risk Advisory,

BDO 

Course Team 

Dr Vincent Law

Course Leader

Dr. Artie Ng, PhD, FCPA, FCMA   

Deputy Director, PolyU SPEED 

Deputy Course Leader

Dr Vincent Law, MBA, DBA

Senior Lecturer, College of Professional and Continuning Educaton of PolyU

Guest Lecturers/Speakers