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ESG has taken the centre stage. Environmental and social consequences of global warming, pandemic, social inequality and other macro factors have highlighted the interdependence of financial returns, environmental constraints, social trends and human behaviour. This recognition has catalysed integration of ESG factors in the investment decisions making them more resilient compared to the traditional investments.

With this evolving ecosystem, we as corporates are impelled to act more sustainably and stay prepared for upcoming regulatory as well as non-regulatory developments in the ESG market.

CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development offers ESG Intelligence & Analytics services to support and empower companies in their ESG journey. This portfolio is built to provide one stop solution for all your ESG needs and aspirations.

ESG Strategy

  • Assess gaps & existing ESG performance.
  • Identify material ESG issues.
  • Develop ESG strategies and roadmaps to bridge the identified gaps.
  • Set up ESG framework including industry relevant KPIs, targets and policies.

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CAPACITY BUILDING

Build competencies and empower your team for developing ESG Framework, metrices and reporting through:

  • ESG capacity building programs.
  • ESG Leadership session.

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DISCLOSURE SOLUTIONS

  • Develop ESG Report / BRSR / Sustainability / IR.
  • Improve the quality of your ESG Report and disclosures.

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Every Organisation is unique in terms of their strategy, their Organisational structure, their processes and policies. We assist you find customised solution to your ESG aspirations that perfectly fit into your Organisation. We organise these solutions in following steps:

ESG ASSESSMENT

Our ESG Assessment services cover analysis of Organisation’s performance on 12 or more aspects that form the core of the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social and governance. The assessment is customized to suit the size, industry classification and current ESG maturity of the Organisation. During the process, the gaps are identified around Leadership, processes, key resource deployment, engagements with stakeholders and or results of a Organisation.

The assessment is conducted on a SaaS based Tool, in following steps :

  • Capacity Building session with the Organisation’s ESG core team.
  • Data collection by Organisation on the tool on 80+ ESG indicators.
  • Data Verification, sanitisation and evaluation by CII- ITC CESD analyst.
  • Automated score calculation based on pre-defined methodology and algorithm.
  • ESG gap assessment report preparation by CII-ITC CESD analyst.

Here is what you get if you take up ESG Assessment services :

A. ESG Gap Assessment report consisting of :

  • Key ESG Strengths of the company.
  • Key ESG gaps including risks and opportunities, with a focus on material issues.
  • Broad recommendations, in line with industry-wide best practices, to bridge the identified gaps.

B. ESG Scorecard consisting :

  • Total ESG score of the company.
  • Dimension Level Score.
  • Aspect Level Score.

ESG ROADMAP

Based on the results of the ESG Assessment or based on pre-meditated goals of the Organisation, we help you design an ESG strategy for the planned time-period (short term, mid-term, long term). It covers a detailed roadmap for designing policies, implementing processes, identifying, and tracking KPIs and setting ESG goals. We further assist you with designing & implementation of individual elements of this agreed upon roadmap.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

If your Organisation is eager to re-evaluate its ESG Performance, we recommend conducting a re-assessment. This will aid in gaining insights into the efficiency of your processes and enable you to refine your action plan further to attain a leading position in corporate sustainability.

Capacity Building

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to prioritize ESG as part of your leadership approach, integrate it into business strategy and improve visibility of Organisation’s effort in public domain. This is only possible when your employees at various levels are prepared to take up the ESG challenges, thus helping you evolve and reconstruct your brand image suitable as per the evolving market.

Let us help you prepare your Organisation for the challenge and create an empowering ecosystem that has:

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Employees who understand and practice ESG in everyday operations.
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Leadership that encourages and supports a sustainable behaviour.

We have curated several training programs that will give you the insights you just need.

Training on Business Responsibility & Sustainability Reporting (BRSR)

BRSR is a compliance requirement for Top 1000 listed entities mandated by SEBI to report on their ESG performance. In order to equip the corporate practitioners across industries to understand the concept of BRSR, its importance and correct way of disclosing, CII-ITC CESD conducts a 2-day training on BRSR. This will help you gain exposure to globally and widely used ESG Disclosures and Frameworks; build ESG strategies and framework within their Organisation, integrate components of sustainability into their business operations and prepare BRSR Report for your Organisation.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Mid-to senior level management professionals incorporating sustainability / ESG & BRSR Consultants

Training on ESG Framework & Metrics

ESG is not only relevant from business continuum perspective, but also offers opportunities to reap the benefits of stronger growth prospects, enhanced operating efficiencies, stronger social licence to operate, enhanced staff retention, lower cost of capital, attracting investors and, ultimately, a stronger and more sustainable competitive advantage. Considering the multiple benefits that ESG brings, CII-ITC CESD conducts a 2-day online training on ESG Framework and Metrices. It would help you understand Global ESG Metrices, Disclosures & Frameworks; understand ESG regulations; and set up ESG framework for your Organisation.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Mid-to senior level management professionals from: Strategy, Investor Relations, M&A, Organisation Secretary, EHS, Finance, Sustainability, Marketing, R&D, CSR, Chartered Accountants

CII-Certified training on Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability reporting plays a crucial role in today's world as it provides transparency and accountability for Organisations' environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. By disclosing a Organisation’s sustainability initiatives and journey, you can build trust your stakeholders and investors, fostering a more sustainable and responsible business culture. Ultimately, sustainability reporting helps drive positive change by encouraging the Organisation to set goals, measure their impact, and continuously improve their sustainability practices. Considering the above benefits that an Organisation can leverage through sustainability reports, CII-ITC CESD conducts a 3-day CII Certified training on Sustainability Reporting.
It will help you understand different types and principles of sustainability reporting, conduct materiality and stakeholder engagement, and develop sustainability report for your Organisation.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Sustainability Managers, EHS Professionals, CSR Managers, Finance/Risk Professionals, Organisation Secretary department in corporate, Supervisory/regulator bodies, Banking associations, Government agencies, Academic institutions, NGOs, Consultancies involved in sustainability issues.

Climate change training

A three-day CII-certified climate change training program encompasses a comprehensive exploration of climate science, impact assessment, mitigation and adaptation strategies, policy and regulation, carbon footprint Inventorisation, Sequestration, Carbon markets and aspects such as Internal carbon price. Participants gain insights into the fundamental aspects of climate change, learn strategies for sustainable business practices, and understand the role of various stakeholders in addressing climate challenges, making it a valuable initiative for those seeking a holistic understanding of climate-related issues.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

The program targets a diverse audience, including corporate executives, government officials, environmental and sustainability professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, and researchers.

Leadership Session on ESG

Increasing ESG mandates, evolving competition with peer companies, push from investors, customers and other stakeholders, are together leading the Organisations on pathway to integrate ESG in decision making. The core of this integration lies in the governance of an Organisation which helps set relevant ESG goals and define roles and responsibilities in the Organisation.

CII-ITC CESD organizes a session to guide the corporate leaders for an easy ESG transition and for developing ESG strategy by discussion on evolving global regulations and trends, investor perspective of risks associated with the Organisations, ESG best practices and on leading ESG with governance insights.

WHO WILL BENEFIT

The session can be attended by CXOs (CEO, Functional Heads, Head of Department etc.), and Board Members.

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ESG Leadership training Session: June 2023

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Disclosure Solutions

We provide ESG disclosure solutions which can help you improve the quality of your current ESG Reports/ disclosures or to develop communication against reporting frameworks such as: Global Reporting initiative (GRI), Integrated Reporting (IR), Business responsibility & Sustainability Report (BRSR).

Why do you need to start doing ESG disclosures?

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It will help you streamline internal processes and enhance data tracking systems. This will in turn help you improve your ESG performance.
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It will help prepare you for upcoming ESG compliances.
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It will help improve your brand image.
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It is a communication tool that plays an important role in building a rapport with stakeholders.
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It will help strengthen investor’s trust.
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It will help attract talent.

RESEARCH

GET IN TOUCH

Ms Surabhi Singh

Consultant

surabhi.singh@cii.in

9958582768

Ms Neha Kaul

Associate Counsellor

neha.kaul@cii.in

9899882901

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Based on the results of the ESG Assessment or based on pre-meditated goals of the Organisation, we help you design an ESG strategy for the planned time-period (short term, mid-term, long term). It covers a detailed roadmap for designing policies, implementing processes, identifying, and tracking KPIs and setting ESG goals. We further assist you with designing & implementation of individual elements of this agreed upon roadmap.

Companies should disclose their ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) performance to build trust with stakeholders through transparency, fulfil regulatory requirement (if any), enhance company reputation, attract environmentally and socially responsible investors, and identify risks & opportunities. ESG reporting demonstrates commitment to sustainable practices, fosters transparency, and aligns with evolving stakeholder expectations, ultimately contributing to long-term financial resilience and responsible corporate citizenship.

To drive ESG effectively within an organization, it is important for Board to be involved. Starting with Leadership commitment and ESG policies, the company should strengthen its governance. Targets and KPIs should be clearly defined along with a clear line of strategy and roles and responsibilities. Materiality and risk assessment is next step for driving ESG within organization, followed by development and documentation of relevant processes and procedures. All the steps should be periodically monitored and analyzed for improvements. The results and the performance should be shared with the Board, so as to incorporate the learnings into decision making.

Yes, there is a growing requirement and trends observed for MSMEs to disclose sustainability scores, especially in terms of business responsibility. Recently SEBI has asked the top 250 listed companies to report on the KPIs in BRSR Core for their value chain on comply-or-explain basis, from FY 2024-25. For several companies and OEMs, the supply chain partners may also have MSMEs.

Overall the sustainability report of the company contains its journey towards sustainable development. This may include several aspects, activities and processes like Sustainability Roadmap, environmental performance, social performance, economic performance etc. The report can be based on any 1 reporting standard or may be mix of 2-3 standards. It should be ensured that whatever data is included in the Sustainability Report should be accurate, clear, comparable, verifiable and periodic.