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The essentials of an ESG strategy

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Regular price: On request

Course outline

Microprogram Afi U.

Duration : 5 days

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The stakes have never been higher when it comes to assessing and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Forbes magazine rates ESG as the number one factor influencing corporate strategy.

Once considered secondary, or even a constraint for companies, ESG issues now play a critical role in a company’s long-term viability. In fact, a reliable, credible ESG strategy is an essential value-creation tool.


Any manager involved in governance strategy



Be ready to...

  • Identify and integrate ESG issues into your strategies
  • Learn about tools to help you move from theory to practice
  • Support ESG-related organizational change
  • Influence your peers and measure your impact
  • Identify and collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Discover a practical approach to creating your action plan
  • Access cheaper sources of financing (sustainability loans)
  • Enhance your ability to attract and retain talent, particularly from the younger generation
  • Develop innovative solutions and establish new business models
  • Prepare for regulatory changes, consumer preferences and new sustainable development standards

Teaching method

Experience the learning journey with Afi U.

Intensive learning experiences designed for professionals seeking rapid advancement in a specific field. Immerse yourself in interactive, in-depth learning sessions led by field experts. Leave with practical, adaptable skills ready for immediate implementation in your workplace.

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Learning activities

  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Reading and preparatory assignments
  • Individual action plan

Science and technology

  • Knowledge reinforcement
  • Practical challenges and action plan follow-up
  • B12 platform to support learning transfer
  • Microsoft environment enabling collaboration

The community

  • Mixed cohorts from diverse backgrounds
  • Workgroups with peers in similar roles and functions
  • Preferred access to the Circles by Afi U.

Study plan

Session 1

Introduction to ESG

  • Introduction and integrating ESG into corporate strategy
  • Supporting new strategies that address ESG issues in a cost-effective way
  • Characteristics of integrated sustainability and case study

Session 2

ESG materiality

  • Introduction to ESG materiality and impact measurement
  • ESG strategy for competitive advantage
  • Social strategy to mitigate the impact of social activist protests

Session 3


  • Introduction to the components of a climate change strategy
  • Strategies for reducing exposure to climate risks
  • Climate risk mitigation tools: diversification, innovation, hedging, internal carbon pricing and purchase of carbon credits
  • Making a gradual transition to a carbon-neutral economy: Risks and opportunities

Session 4

Sustainable development

  • Sustainability trends and value creation
  • A systematic approach to achieving sustainability goals
  • Learning more about the concept of product end-of-life management
  • The investor’s point of view: Different ESG investment strategies

Session 5

Capitalizing on the value of sustainable development

  • Does sustainable development lead to higher profits, or can the most successful companies afford to become sustainable?
  • Monetizing the benefits and quantifying the impact of ESG performance on the company’s bottom line
  • Making sustainability leadership part of your corporate DNA

Surround yourself with the best

Nathalie Gosselin
Nathalie Gosselin
Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Consulting Services
Nathalie has helped various companies in Quebec and France navigate the start-up and repositioning processes within a context deeply affected by technological development and the digital revolution.