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CSRD Training - Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the CSRD regulatory environment, its evolution from NFRD, and the broader implications for financial reporting and sustainability

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A 1.5 day course

Session 1

Understanding why the CSRD matters

  • The CSRD and latest on reporting landscape
    • Implications for the reporting landscape
    • Regulatory landscape including ESRS, EU Taxonomy etc.
    • The historical evolution from non-financial reporting to the CSRD
  • Case study: Compare and contrast the key global reporting initiatives and reporting regulations
  • The CSRD requirements
    • Breakdown of CSRD requirements and timeline
    • Who is required to adhere to CSRD mandates
    • Mandatory compliance and scope of companies affected
  • Case study: Discuss why CSRD reporting matters to different types of organisations
  • From NFRD to CSRD – the reporting evolution
    • Transitioning from NFRD to CSRD: what changes?
    • The expanded reporting requirements under CSRD
    • Reporting under NFRD vs CSRD
  • Case study: Explore some of the challenges associated with the transition from NFRD to CSRD

Session Two

Aligning the ESRS with the Green Taxonomy

  • ESG data requirements
    • Double materiality
    • ESRS requirements around environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues
    • Strategies for improving data collection and storage
  • Case study: Addressing challenges in meeting ESRS requirements
  • CSRD and the EU Taxonomy link
    • A deep dive into the EU Taxonomy
    • How CSRD aligns with the EU Taxonomy
    • Practical implications of taxonomy alignment for reporting entities
  • Case study: How to assess alignment with the EU Taxonomy
  • Data management, assurance, and quality
    • Principles of effective ESG data management under CSRD
    • Assurance requirements for CSRD compliance
    • How to improve data quality and integrity
  • Case study: Using alternative sources of data and quality assessment

Session Three

Best practices in CSRD compliance

  • Sustainability reporting in practice
    • Step-by-step to create a sustainability report under CSRD
    • Financial and non-financial data in reports
    • Challenges in ESG data aggregation and reporting
  • Case study: Exploring best practices around sustainability reporting
  • Sustainability performance
    • How to effectively communicate sustainability performance
    • Way to engage stakeholders in sustainability reporting
    • Explore future trends and expectations in communicating sustainability
  • Case study: Comparing different case studies of reporting communication
  • Corporate governance for CSRD
    • The role of corporate governance in CSRD compliance
    • How to align governance structures with sustainability goals
    • Responsibilities of boards and management in sustainability oversight
  • Case study: Defining new firm-wide policies and procedures

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive trainer is an experienced strategist with over fifteen years in ESG reporting, community investment and sustainability. As the current Head of ‘Amazon in the Community’ in Europe, she excels in transforming companies into purpose-driven entities. The trainer also contributes as a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where she's been active since 2016.

The trainers notable past roles include Global Markets Associate Director at EY, head of strategy and operations for the Beacon Institute, and Head of Corporate Sustainability for EY's Financial Services business. As a member of the GRI stakeholder council for a full four-year term, she advised the GRI Board of Directors on strategy and policy changes related to international reporting standards.

  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the CSRD regulatory environment, its evolution from NFRD, and the broader implications for financial reporting and sustainability.
  • Differentiate between CSRD requirements and global initiatives and analyse the impact on mandatory compliance for a variety of companies.
  • Connect the dots between CSRD and EU Taxonomy and assess how taxonomy alignment shapes reporting practices.
  • Master the principles of effective ESG data management, ensuring data quality and integrity, and meeting assurance requirements within the CSRD framework.
  • Construct an integrated report by integrating financial and non-financial data and review best practices through exemplary case studies.
  • Align governance, policies and procedures with best practices for sustainability reporting and CSRD compliance

The CSRD course is suited for professionals in the following areas;
  • ESG & Sustainability specialists
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounts, Audit and Reporting
  • Financial Analysts
  • Investment Professionals
  • Risk Management and Compliance Officers

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) exposes financial institutions and investors to a paradigm shift in non-financial reporting; one with considerable implications for strategic investment decisions. This course breaks down the intricate landscape of the CSRD, equipping professionals from across the financial services sector with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate and comply with this new regulatory landscape.

This advanced course introduces the context behind why the CSRD was introduced, why it matters from a reporting perspective, and how it interreacts with other reporting frameworks like the ISSB, GRI and the EU Taxonomy. The course will equip participants with best practices in sustainability reporting and how this can inform corporate strategy and communication. Case studies and step-by-step guidance will help to demystify the transition from NFRD to CSRD, enabling clear communication of sustainability performance to all stakeholders

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