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Foundation in ESG Investing
  • Overview
  • Objectives & Outline
  • Methodology
  • Participant Profile
  • Trainer
  • Overview
    PROGRAMME DETAILS

    DATE

    Module 1 - 21April 2021
    Module 2 - 26 April 2021

    TIME

    9:00 am – 5:00 pm (each module)

    TRAINING PLATFORM

    Zoom
    * Each module
    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is one of the fastest growing segments of investment globally. Today, ninety-five percent of the Global Fortune 250 are reporting their CSR performances and ESG investing now accounts for one-third of the total U.S. assets under management.

    This two-module programme will examine all areas of ESG investing. Starting with Module 1, the programme provides an overview of the fundamental principles of sustainable and responsible investing, ESG themes and factor and ESG activities and strategies. ESG screening and specialised funds are now part of a fast-evolving range of funds, investment classes and performance measures.

    In Module 2, you will learn about the underlying factors in ESG assessment and how they impact ESG ratings and how ESG is deployed in the scoring and rating of firms and sectors. The ESG integration and screening process in which investors can target companies that drive and produce optimal ESG-led returns will also be examined.
    LEARNING LEVEL
    Foundation
    PROGRAMME FEE
    Module 1

    AICB MEMBER

    MYR

    900*

    / PAX

    NON-MEMBER

    MYR

    1,100*

    / PAX

    Module 2

    AICB MEMBER

    MYR

    1,100*

    / PAX

    NON-MEMBER

    MYR

    1,300*

    / PAX

    *Subject to 6% Service Tax

  • Objectives & Outline
    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
    Module 1

    • Discuss responsible and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing
    • Explain the objectives of ESG
    • Analyse the risks and opportunities of ESG investing


    Module 2
    • Describe ESG materiality and performance, as well as accounting issues
    • Examine ESG scores and ratings
    • Identify key areas of growth in the ESG market

    PROGRAMME OUTLINE
    MODULE 1 : Introduction to ESG, ESG Themes and Investment Strategies

    Introduction to ESG, Responsible Investing and Sustainability
    • What is E, S and G?
    • Why they are important
    • The evolution of socially responsible investing (SRI) and ESG investing
    • The objectives of ESG
    • The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Benefits, costs and risks of ESG investing

    ESG Themes and Factors
    • Environmental factors - climate change, carbon emissions, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss etc.
    • Social factors - diversity and inclusion community relations, data protection and privacy, human rights etc.
    • Governance factors - management structure, executive compensation, employee relations etc.
    • ESG issues and regulations
    • Developing trends in ESG investing

    ESG Investment Activities and Strategies
    • Negative/exclusionary screening
    • Positive/best-in-class screening
    • Norms-based screening
    • ESG integration
    • Sustainability themed investing
    • Impact/community investing
    • Corporate engagement and shareholder action

    MODULE 2 : ESG Materiality, Performance and Ratings

    ESG Materiality and Analysis
    • What it is and why it is important
    • Financial significance of materiality
    • How to conduct materiality analysis
    • ESG ratings and metrics: assessment of different ESG rating systems
    • Identification of ESG value drivers

    ESG and Financial Performance
    • Performance of ESG shares vs market
    • Identifying key areas of growth in the ESG market
    • Importance of improving disclosures
    • The effect of increased ESG strategy complexity
    • What investors look for

    Investing using ESG Scores and Ratings
    • ESG Strategies
    • ESG Integration
    • Screening: negative, positive, best in class, impact
    • ESG Indexing: Active versus passive
    • Relative returns and performance
  • Methodology

    Online lecture, case studies, exercises and discussions

  • Participant Profile

    Investment managers, wealth/portfolio/fund/product managers, financial advisors, relationship and account managers, analysts, risk managers, corporate managers and anyone interested to understand the basics of ESG investing.

  • Trainer

    CHEAH WEE LEONG

    Cheah Wee Leong is the Director of Investment Banking Training at the Asian Banking School and has more than 25 years’ experience working in the banking industry.

    He started his career at Citibank in 1993 before joining US management consultancy, Accenture, in 1997. At Accenture, he was involved in managing large bank merger-integration, process re-engineering and transformation projects. He has worked on projects in various countries including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius and Saudi Arabia. In 2003, Wee Leong joined CIMB as its Head of Operational Risk Management and led the implementation of the bank’s operational risk management and Basel 2 –Operational Risk framework. Subsequently, he assumed various senior roles in Regional Transaction Banking, Corporate Banking, Treasury and Markets division, and Group CEO’s office at CIMB. His last role at CIMB was as Director, Group Strategy.
    Wee Leong holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the U.S. and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom. He obtained training from Citibank Asia Pacific Banking Institute in Singapore in 1995. He is a certified Chartered Banker.

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