ESG Disclosure Standards & Frameworks

ESG Disclosure Standards & Frameworks

July 26-27, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Investors and stakeholders are increasingly focused on the environmental, social and governance impacts of a business. As “net-zero” pledges and governmental mandates continue to make headlines along with the broader discussion of the energy transition, sustainability and environmental factors are a big factor in capital allocation. As a result, energy companies face a growing demand from external and internal stakeholders to disclose their ESG performance quickly and accurately. But there are challenges — including the need to report to multiple ESG frameworks and protocols; and coordinating inputs across functions, teams, and systems.

Register now for the ESG Disclosure Standards & Frameworks course to gain the knowledge and tools to manage ESG data collection and reporting, along with an overview of best ESG practices from energy companies. Attendees will leave this event with a solid foundation on ESG reporting and compliance processes and procedures.

Learning Outcomes

This event will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Identify ESG metrics and trends for energy and utility companies
  • Discover the latest standards, policies and regulations impacting ESG performance in the energy & utility sector
  • Review ESG reporting processes and procedures for utility and energy companies
  • Hear directly from AEP about ESG initiatives and reporting best practices
  • Delineate ESG ratings and standards, and what framework to follow
  • Analyze Materiality vs. Double Materiality
  • Navigate how to check your disclosure for greenwashing
  • Describe the role technology plays in ESG data collection
  • Translate ESG information into business intelligence
  • Review processes to ensure your ESG data is audit-ready

Agenda

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Opening Address: Lead Instructor

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: The Evolving Landscape of ESG Frameworks and Standards

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have agreed to coordinate their standards work. The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) have merged to become the Value Reporting Foundation. This session will break down the fast-changing landscape in the race to arrive at a global set of standards for ESG/sustainability disclosure.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: ESG Controversies Methodology Evolving

Investors can review ESG disclosures, but they also typically want access information that isn’t reported and may indicate ESG controversies. There have been recent changes to ESG Controversies methodology, including introduction of a “Partially Concluded” controversy case status, and enhancements to the Climate Change Theme in ESG Ratings. This session will conclude an overview of the changes and details on how and when these changes will be implemented.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Tools for Audit-Ready Disclosure

Technology and ESG Disclosure

From spreadsheets and email to smart tech and AI tools, ESG data collection and management increasingly requires more rigor. To do that, companies need better tools to gain efficiencies, ensure accuracy, and be ready for an audit. This session will examine tools in use to manage the growing volume of data requests from stakeholders.

Is your ESG Data Audit-Ready?

With the SEC’s proposed rule for climate disclosure in financial statements, is your data ready for that level of scrutiny?  This session will benchmark how companies are managing their data to mitigate risk and prepare for mandated disclosure.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Review and Q&A

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Materiality vs. Double Materiality – Why This Matters to Your Business

A materiality assessment is important because it can help identify stakeholder priorities and provide decision-useful information about the topics that are relevant to your company. From there, you can build shared understanding across the enterprise of how to manage them. Today, the world is beginning to see materiality as double and dynamic. This session will explore and define double materiality and how companies are applying it to better understand the financial materiality of any given issue, based on changing or unforeseen events.

Company Case Study

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: How is your ESG Data Being Used?

You fill out surveys, publish ESG and sustainability reports, and check others’ data. But do you know how your ESG data is being used? This session will share perspectives from a third-party research organization and an investor. We’ll also hear from a utility on how they use their ESG data.

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Report: ESG/Sustainability Trends

During this session we will focus on past trends and the forecast for the sustainability long game while exploring key trends and how the corporate world can focus on topics for critical success.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Review & Q/A

12:00 p.m. :: Course Concludes

Instructors

Sandra Nessing, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, American Electric Power

With 25 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP).  She also chairs AEP’s Enterprise Sustainability Council and Corporate ESG Committee.

She is a versatile, high-performing leader with proven success inspiring, planning, directing, implementing, and managing enterprise sustainability, cultural change, stakeholder engagement and ESG/sustainability disclosure.

Nessing leads AEP’s participation in the Electric Power Research Institute’s sustainability programs. She also serves on the Edison Electric Institute’s ESG/Sustainability Reporting Committee, which developed a groundbreaking sector specific ESG/Sustainability Reporting Template for investors. She is also a member of EEI’s Customer Solutions Sustainability Subcommittee and led AEP’s participation in development of an industry template for providing large customers with GHG emissions and renewable energy data, and EEI’s newly formed Environmental Justice Working Group. She is also a member of the ESG Working Group of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Additional Speakers:

Suzanne Katus, Vice President – Business Development, Datamaran

Melissa Tominack, Manager, Corporate Sustainability, AEP

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

ESG Disclosure Standards & Frameworks

July 26-27, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 24, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Credits

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EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

 

Who Should Attend

Utility and Energy Professionals with the following titles:

  • Chief ESG Officer/Sustainability Directors/Managers
  • Chief Value Officer
  • CSR Professionals
  • Board Directors and Managers
  • CFOs/Finance Officers/Treasurers
  • Compliance Personnel/Risk Officers
  • Investor Relations Officers
  • Environmental Policy Directors/Managers
  • Climate Risk Director/Officer/Manager
  • Risk Managers/Operational Managers/Internal Auditors
  • Chief DEI Officer/HR
  • General Counsel/Lawyers

Finance Sector

  • Asset Management Specialists
  • ESG/Sustainability and Investment Bankers
  • Analysts
  • Financial Advisors/Investment Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Investors

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