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ESG: The Latest Regulations, Recent Developments in Sustainable Finance & The Emerging Risks

Learn the latest developments in the ESG space, including new regulations, the hottest ESG topics, and emerging ESG risks

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A half-day course

Overview of Recent Developments in Sustainable Finance

  • Key changes in the focus of the global ESG / sustainability agenda
  • Priorities of key stakeholders and policymakers
  • Impact of geopolitical events on the implementation of sustainable transition
  • Key outcomes of Climate COP27 and Biodiversity COP15, and their implication for corporates and financial institutions
  • Rising S in ESG: Post-covid health and safety, labour conditions in supply chains, data privacy and free speech
  • Update on ESG and sustainable finance regulation:
    • Basel Principles for integrating risk of climate change
    • SFDR
    • Mifid II ESG Suitability
    • Climate stress testing & implications for banks and corporates
    • ICC Sustainable Trade Finance standards

Latest Developments on Climate Change

  • Is the 1.5-degree scenario dead? What next?
  • Key climate outcomes of COP27
  • Changes to the Net Zero pathway and the impact on banks and corporates
  • Planetary boundaries: Refresher on climate as one of two ‘core boundaries’
  • Physical risk: Surge in economic losses through natural catastrophes
  • Case Study: Drought in Europe dries up the Rhine, cutting off Germany’s trade artery
  • Case Study: Mortgages, flood risk and insurance in the UK
  • Overview of key transition risks
  • Transition pathways for leading GHG emitting sectors
  • Case Study: Aramco diversification with industrial automation and cloud business
  • Case Study: Nitrogen pollution and the livestock sector in the Netherlands
  • Case Study: Is coal in or out in the current geopolitical environment?
  • Recent developments in sustainable finance training cover opportunities associated with the transition
  • Liability risk: Greenwashing and ‘greenwishing’
  • Case Study: Financial institutions fined and raided due to greenwashing -> implication for industry and especially PRI members
  • Case Study: Withdrawal of US Banks from GFANZ owing to litigation risk
  • Integration: High Expectations on Climate Products:
    • Climate-Transition Benchmark
    • Paris-Aligned Benchmark
    • TCFD becomes mandatory for most firms


Biodiversity – The ‘Next Climate’

  • What is biodiversity and why is it so important?
  • Drivers of biodiversity loss (including deforestation)
  • Case Study: Tracking deforestation and biodiversity loss in Indonesia
  • Impacts of biodiversity loss:
    • Financial risks
    • Loss of ecosystem services
    • Climate change
  • Biodiversity agreements:
    • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
    • Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
    • UN Global Biodiversity Framework
    • COP26/27 deforestation pledges
  • The commitment of investors to ‘Finance for Biodiversity’
  • Circular economy: Eradicating single-use plastic
  • Case Study: HSBC Circular Economy Fund
  • Case Study: innovative funds: Ossiam, Pictet, Solactive/ Vigeo Eiris

 Social Issues are Rising in Importance

  • Giving fresh importance to the S in ESG
  • The need for a ‘just transition’
  • Case Study: Social impacts of phasing out coal in Poland and South Africa
  • Shifts in social expectations after the impact of the pandemic:
    • Mental health
    • Work/life balance (‘quiet quitting’)
    • Zero Hours contracts & lack of social protection
    • Living Income
    • Data privacy
    • Investor boycott of unsustainable companies
  • Case Study: Boycotting Deliveroo IPO over worker rights

Tax is the Next Governance Priority

  • This latest regulations in sustainable finance course covers; Governance ‘G’: Tax fairness and transparency
  • Case Study: Corporations and taxes, including Meta, Google & Amazon
  • Financial impact of OECD agreement for a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%
  • Striking the balance between efficiency and fairness in tax governance
  • New carbon taxes & sustainability charges
  • Case Study: Potential impact of EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on European chocolate makers

Exercise: Assessing the Impact of New ESG Regulation on Corporates and Financial Institutions

ESG emerging risks training includes this exercise. Participants will go into small break-out groups. During the exercise, participants will identify new ESG risks arising from the regulation, assess their financial material impacts, and suggest mitigation measures. Once complete, all groups will share their findings in a general group discussion.

Wrap-up and Key Takeaways

Final Questions

Redcliffe’s trainer for this interactive ESG emerging risks training is a thought leader, strategic advisor and professional trainer specialising in emerging markets, international supply chains and sustainability issues. With experience in fixed income, commodities financing, syndicated loans, fintech and agritech, he brings a wide range of experience in some of the most dynamic areas of banking. He has worked with international banks, multilateral financing institutions, hedge funds, and investment funds across the globe, and with multinational corporations that have operations in Africa.

Sustainable ESG finance risk training requires extensive experience and our course leader has this in abundance as a presenter, lecturer and trainer, both through his work in banking and as a speaker on the international conference and online training circuit. He has delivered professional training on a diverse range of topics, including structured commodity finance (for Afreximbank in Egypt and Kenya), the African fintech landscape, ESG / sustainable finance and the impact of ESG issues on international trade and supply chains.

He has been a guest lecturer at King’s College London (KCL), SOAS, the Chicago Booth School of Business and the Hult International Business School, presenting on fintech in emerging markets and the intersection between disruptive technology and sustainability. He also appears regularly in the press and media as a commentator on issues related to African markets, international trade, commodities, fintech and ESG.

He was Head of Research at the pan-African bank, Ecobank, where he oversaw a team of a dozen analysts spread across the bank’s African footprint who produced research on fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) for the bank and its clients. He was also head of the bank’s UK Representative Office in London, which included the bank’s teams managing relationships with multinationals and international organisations such as the World Bank, the IFC and World Vision. Before working at Ecobank, he was a Senior Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), covering nine African countries and 25 commodities, divided between industrial raw materials and food, feedstuffs and beverages.

The trainer holds a First-Class BA in Hispanic Studies (Spanish & Portuguese) and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Bristol. He also has a Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck University and has undertaken various training in structured commodity finance and global supply chains. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and trains in all three languages.

Redcliffe’s latest regulations in sustainable finance course help participants to:
  • Understand the key recent developments in sustainable finance and ESG.
  • Become familiar with new regulatory changes, including the Basel Principles, TNFD and climate stress testing, as well as pledges resulting from COP27.
  • Be up to date with the latest developments in climate action, including changes to the Net Zero pathway and the leading physical, transition and liability risks.
  • Understand the importance of biodiversity loss as a sustainability priority, its drivers, impacts and the evolving regulation and reporting requirements.
  • Recognise the growing importance of social impacts, notably the poor treatment of workers, as a social issue and policy priority.
  • Consider the risks and impacts of increased regulatory scrutiny of tax governance.
  • Apply ESG emerging risks learnings in a group exercise.

  • Focus on the latest developments in the ESG space, including new regulations, changes to the sustainable finance sector and emerging ESG risks.
  • A thorough analysis of the ‘hot topics’ in environmental, social and governance factors, including the Net Zero pathway, deforestation, biodiversity loss, negative social impacts and tax governance.
  • Global learning perspective based on international ESG experience.
  • Our latest regulations in sustainable finance training course covers the practical application of learnings in a group exercise, embedding knowledge and best practices for addressing emerging ESG risks, impacts and ESG regulatory requirements.

This course covers the recent developments in sustainable finance and is suitable for:
  • ESG Banking regulation and finance professionals who want to update their knowledge on ESG issues, including the current hot topics (e.g. biodiversity loss, social impacts), the latest regulation and reporting requirements, and key developments in the sustainable finance space.
  • Managers and risk professionals wishing to establish or strengthen the ESG risk management and control frameworks within their organisations.
  • Senior managers in banks, institutions and organisations wishing to better understand the climate and ESG risks which might impact their operating environment and how they might be managed.

Assessing the impact of ESG risks on financial performance has become a critical part of strategic decision-making, as well as a growing reporting requirement from regulators. However, regulation and reporting standards are evolving rapidly, creating confusion and uncertainty for companies trying to understand the ESG risks facing their operations, assess their impacts and develop measures to mitigate them.

This concentrated course is summarised as ‘Latest Regulations in Sustainable Finance Training’ and covers all necessary elements. Delegates leave with a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the ESG space, including new regulations, the hottest ESG topics (such as biodiversity loss and tax governance) and emerging ESG risks.


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