ESG & SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY FOR FINANCIAL LEADERS & PRACTITIONERS PROGRAMME

A collaborative programme between Cambridge Judge Executive Education and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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Overview

This four-day intensive programme is tailored for Board Members, Chief Financial Officers (CFO), and Partners in firms. It is designed to equip participants with comprehensive knowledge and tools to integrate sustainability into strategies and operations. Through a blend of expert-led discussions and interactive workshops, participants will explore the evolving role of business in addressing urgent global needs and driving sustainability-related innovation and long-term value. The programme provides critical insights into integrating ESG and sustainability considerations into decision-making, emphasising how these practices can mitigate risks and capitalise on emerging opportunities. Request a brochure >


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Michael Willis, Management Practice Associate Professor at Cambridge Judge Business School

Michael's research interests include disclosure regulation, regulatory enforcement, financial reporting choices, and accounting-based capital markets research.

A warm introduction from our Academic Programme Director, Michael Willis

In today’s landscape where ethical governance is paramount, senior leaders in Finance roles must demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and responsible governance. The ESG & Sustainability Strategy for Financial Leaders & Practitioners Programme aims to equip you for the latest regulations and standards. We encourage you to explore innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and inform better business decisions. Be empowered to contribute to the long-term stability and resilience of your organisation.

Our programme is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower you. Participants will gain insights into a broad set of topics relevant for senior leaders, including the economic impacts of climate change and strengthening resilience, the rapidly changing global landscape of ESG reporting, promoting diversity within corporate contexts, enhancing governance, and managing stakeholder relationships. Networking opportunities, including evening receptions and dinners at Cambridge Colleges, further enrich the experience by fostering valuable connections and facilitating the exchange of ideas among senior leaders.

Our team in collaboration with ICAEW has curated an exceptional lineup of faculty speakers, workshops, and activities tailored to help you implement ESG strategies into your organisation whilst maximising future opportunities. 

As you prepare to join us, I encourage you to approach this experience with an open mind and a willingness to embrace new learnings. Together, we will embark on a journey of exploration, growth and inspiration that will undoubtedly shape your organisations strategies.


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A welcome introduction from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

As part of ICAEW’s commitment to support Chartered Accountants to enable a world of sustainable economies, we have partnered with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education to curate an exclusive strategic leadership programme. Sustainability and ESG will become a central value proposition for all businesses in the near future and it is ICAEW’s role to ensure our members are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skillset to face the changes and challenges ahead.

We have partnered with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education to leverage their reputation as world-leaders in education and bring the very best training to our members. This programme offers the chance to benefit from cutting-edge research conducted by the faculty and enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities on site at the prestigious Cambridge University.


   Benefits and Impact 


  • Enhanced Strategic Decision-Making and Leadership: Participants will gain a deep understanding of ESG principles and how they impact financial performance and risk management. This knowledge will enable you to make more informed and strategic decisions that align with sustainability goals, thereby driving long-term value for their organisations.

  • Improved Understanding of Relevant Regulatory Developments: The programme will equip participants with the latest insights into regulatory requirements and disclosure standards. This will help you navigate the increasingly complex landscape shaped by investors, regulators, and other stakeholders.

  • Breadth and Depth: You’ll experience in-depth exploration of key sustainability topics at a level of rigour you’d expect from the University of Cambridge combined with the opportunity to connect with other senior leaders across a diverse set of organisations.
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Programme content

Module 1

The Evolving ESG & Sustainability Landscape

  • Global trends and forces related to ESG and sustainability activities
  • How impacts of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and growing inequality present unique and urgent risks and opportunities
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumer perspectives on sustainability.

Module 2

The ESG & Sustainability Information Ecosystem

  • Understanding the changing global landscape of mandatory reporting (TCFD, ISSB, ESRS, etc)
  • Strategic and compliance implications for boards and executives
  • Climate scenario analysis: enhancing resilience.

Module 3

Sustainable Finance Leadership

  • Sources of funds: public and private sector sources (e.g. green bonds, sustainability-linked loans), carbon markets
  • Uses of funds: decarbonisation across sectors and jurisdictions
  • Progress to date: funds deployed, GHG emissions reduced/removed
  • Challenges to improving scale and effectiveness of financing decarbonisation.

Module 4

Leading ESG & Sustainability 

  • Systems perspectives on ESG and Sustainability transformation
  • Embedding climate and sustainability in governance structures and business models
  • Perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of directors and senior executives as sustainability increases in importance.

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Speak to a programme advisor

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this programme could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor.

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Jonathan Hudson, Corporate Business Development Director

+44 (0)7523 268683 / executive.education@jbs.cam.ac.uk


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