ESG Investment Strengthening and Public Policy Workshop

Program Date

11 Nov 15 Nov 2024

Program Location

Stockholm, Sweden

Program Venue

Best Western Capital Hotel

Registration & Payment Deadline

30 Sep 2024

Program Introduction

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has rapidly transitioned from a socially responsible philosophy into a mainstream form of sustainable finance. The potential of ESG investing to deliver long-term value alongside societal and environmental benefits has gained traction among investors, policymakers, and civil society as a whole.

Public policy plays a vital role in shaping the ESG landscape by establishing regulations, providing incentives, and encouraging sustainable and socially responsible investment practices. Following the ramifications of the Paris Climate Accords, many countries around the world have responded with a raft of regulatory measures. ESG standards and frameworks have been established one after the other with hopes to promote transparency and integrity and encourage ESG investing.

This workshop has been exclusively developed by Risalat to help its delegates navigate complex challenges associated with ESG investing. It looks at the entire financial services value chain both from regulator and asset owner perspectives to facilitate stronger ESG practices.

Target Audience

The program is suitable for:

  • Government officials responsible for the development of environmental protection, social welfare, corporate governance, and sustainability policies
  • Financial professionals including asset managers, investment analysts, portfolio managers, and financial advisors
  • Senior-level executives and corporate directors of companies willing to enhance the understanding of the ESG landscape and regulation
  • Sustainability and CSR professionals
  • Members of NGOs, CBOs, and advocacy groups
  • ESG Consultants and advisors

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, its delegates shall be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of ESG frameworks and concepts and comprehend their relevance to sustainable investment and public policy
  • Comprehend how to design public policies and regulatory frameworks that can promote ESG investing
  • Analyze the regulatory landscape and public policymaking concerning the ESG
  • Make a business case for incorporating ESG into investment decision-making and facilitate the market transition
  • Enhance the long-term value of investments alongside their performance
  • Perform ESG risk evaluation and perform investment sustainability analysis
  • Effectively disclose ESG information and align ESG reporting with established international standards
  • See corporate governance through an ESG lens and effectively engage with stakeholders

Program Contents

First Day

  • Understanding ESG and its components
  • ESG in investment and public policy contexts
  • Why integrate ESG considerations into investment decision-making?
  • ESG regulatory landscape
  • The regulatory imperative – diving ESG through the investment value chain
  • Global and regional ESG regulatory frameworks and standards

Second Day

  • Links between ESG Regulation and public policy objectives
  • Emerging Trends and Challenges with ESG Regulation
  • Principles for Integrating ESG into investment decision-making
  • ESG data and metrics
  • Linking ESG risk analysis with investment analysis
  • Strategies and approaches to sustainable investment
  • Analyzing the financial performance of ESG investments

Third Day

  • ESG reporting frameworks
  • ESG disclosure
  • Materiality assessment
  • Reporting ESG performance
  • Sharing ESG information with stakeholders
  • Sector-specific ESG considerations
  • ESG due diligence; Risk assessment frameworks
  • Integrating ESG into risk management frameworks

Fourth Day

  • Quantifying the financial impact of ESG integration
  • Engaging stakeholders on ESG issues
  • Evaluating and managing ESG-related reputational risks
  • ESG policy advocacy
  • Engaging with regulatory bodies and policymakers
  • Advocacy Strategies and ESG communication techniques
  • Monitoring and engaging with ESG policy developments

Fifth Day – Application Exercise and Exposure Visit

The last day of the program in Stockholm will be arranged into two sections. The first half of the day shall be dedicated to the application exercise. This should cover:

  • Analyzing real-life examples of ESG policy and integration as a case study
  • Creating a business case for ESG investing
  • Performing ESG risk assessment and materiality analysis
  • Simulating ESG disclosure and reporting
  • Imitation session on stakeholder engagement practices
  • ESG in Insurance Sector

The second part of the day will be dedicated to the exposure visit to RCI partner organization where workshop participants will have a chance to engage in a panel discussion with subject-matter experts and ESG policymakers of the host country.

Program Methodology

The program focuses on developing practical skills and knowledge of ESG investing, regulation, and public policymaking. The presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, and discussion questions are explicitly tailored to professionals working on the ESG market transition.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure and focused discussions target enhancing real-life capabilities.

Host Country Profile

Sweden has been retaining the leading position worldwide across a broad range of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) components. The country intends to become the world’s first fossil fuel-free nation by 2045. This commitment translates into the achievement of carbon neutrality alongside investment strengthening toward renewable energy, smart grids, energy-efficient buildings, and clean transport projects.

In 1995, Sweden became one of the first countries to initiate a carbon tax. Just recently, the nation introduced a regulation requiring ESG investments for pension funds. Moreover, the country has placed stakeholder engagement high on the agenda deepening both corporate and social ESG efforts.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report