ISB III – Expert Level

ISB III – Expert Level
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Certification Exams

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Annual Membership


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• Business owners, leaders, C-suite executives, top ESG and consulting professionals, business analysts, corporate development experts etc who need to understand the ESG system in-depth and learn from best practice in this area.
• Have minimum 5 years of professional experience in the field of ESG and/or Sustainability or hold ISF II – Specialist Level + 2 years of experience in the field of ESG and/or Sustainability.
• Comply with IASE 4 E Standards.
• Sign the IASE Code of Ethics.


• Earn your IASE designation and join the international community of the ESG professionals.
• Starting next year after receiving the designation you need to keep up with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in your role and to provide your 15hrs. CPDs (continuing professional development) annual declaration.
• Annual membership fee is: € 95.
• To maintain your IASE designation and the enhanced status as an international recognized ESG professional you need to comply with all of the above requirements.


• Certification valid for 12 months.
• After this period, the professional can request its renewal through the My IASE section.


  • Understand the broad concept of sustainability in its environmental, social and governance aspects: definitions, history and principles.
  • Realise the potential of sustainable finance for achieving sustainable development.
  • Understand the main ESG megatrends and their potential impacts on business models.
  • Understand the implications of government regulations on the sustainable strategy of firms.
  • Learn and apply the main features and best practices for implementing stakeholder engagement.
  • Analyse corporate sustainable strategy and the impact of sustainability driven innovation, environmental strategy, consumer sustainability.
  • Learn how to leverage on NGOs to develop a sustainable strategy.
  • Understand the relevance of sustainability to consumers.
  • Describe sustainability in different corporate governance contexts.
  • Comprehend the best practices in corporate governance, with reference to board characteristics (diversity, effectiveness and independence) and application of internal controls to manage ESG risks.
  • Learn and apply the tools to engage shareholders and investors in sustainable development and long-term value creation.
  • Discuss the process of community involvement and charity.
  • Learn the features of B corps.
  • Comprehend the role of sustainability for cooperatives.
  • Discuss risk management from a ESG perspective.
  • Analyse mechanisms and main actors of ESG rating.
  • Discuss how ESG impacts firm value and financial performance; analyse how to incorporate ESG factors into company’s valuation; and apply the above knowledge to concrete situations.
  • Ascertain best practices and guidance to manage employees’ health and safety.
  • Learn how to use remuneration systems to guide management towards sustainability.
  • Apply the above notions to concrete situations and relevant practical cases.
  • Discuss how to build a management control system for sustainability and how to communicate sustainability within the organization.
  • Comprehend the role of supply chains in terms of water and carbon footprint.
  • Understand how to implement circular economy principles within supply chains, with a particular focus on waste management.
  • Discuss the role of human rights in supply chains.
  • Learn how to measure and manage sustainability within the supply chain.
  • Apply the above notions to concrete situations and relevant practical cases.
  • Comprehend the role of sustainability reporting and the main sustainability reporting standards (voluntary and mandatory).
  • Understand the recent evolutions in terms of sustainability reporting standards: focus on GRI, SASB, IIRC, ISSB, EFRAG and SEC.
  • Learn the specific standards on supply chain reporting and environmental reporting.
  • Understand the EU Taxonomy and its relationship with mandatory disclosure in the EU.
  • Discuss the role of assurance in fostering the credibility of sustainability reporting.
  • Learn how to use marketing and communication tools to foster sustainability.
  • Apply the above notions to concrete situations and relevant practical cases.
Certificación ESG Básica

IASE promoted a Public Consultation with important companies, professionals, and institutions to determine what knowledge should be considered so that a professional can act under good practices for ESG, the so-called “Basic ESG Certification”.

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  • Applications can be made through the IASE website.
  • The IASE certification fee for the Expert Level is €350 + VAT.
  • Examination: ONLINE, 60 MCQ – multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 120 min.
  • Pass mark: 70% (min. 42 correct answers out of 60).


  • IASE Training Programs for ISF ® and ISB ® level I are offered by Exponential Education at €1250 [WITHOUT VAT applied for TRAINING SERVICES].
  • Identity checks, qualification criteria, payments, etc., will be done through a combination of facial recognition technology and the local IASE member/affiliate in the aspirant's geographic area before being able to enter the Board Exams.
  • It is the aspirant's responsibility to ensure that he is aware of the date, time, and location of his exam.
  • A candidate may drop out of an exam before starting the exam. In such cases, your exam fee will be carried over to a future date. Arrangements regarding special needs or illness during an exam can be made by contacting the regional body member of the IASE. IASE Exam Terms and Conditions section below for more information. Link to the Terms and Conditions.
  • All IASE Board Examinations exams are delivered online only.
  • Aspirants have the flexibility to take the Board Exam from anywhere in the world.
  • Expert Level | Exam format: Closed questions; 60 multiple choice questions (MCQ); 4 options per question, with only one correct answer; 120 minutes allowed to complete all Expert Level Board Exams; Approval 70% (42 correct answers or more).
  • Available languages: English. Others upon request.
  • The scheduling of the exams is done electronically before being sent to a Board of Examiners for final approval.
  • Results will be formally communicated via an online basis directly to individual aspirants only. The results will only be communicated to third parties if it is possible to provide proof of consent from individual aspirants.
  • Within a period of 10 working days, after the results are issued, applicants will have the opportunity to request an observation/review or appeal question/s. See the IASE Exam Terms and Conditions section below for more information. Link to the Terms and Conditions.

How is the test done?

How is the registration for the certification done?

Continuing Certification and 4Es Standard.

Becoming certified with IASE involves much more than being approved in our online exam. With IASE, you also make a commitment to professional attitude and practice called the 4Es Standard, to be renewed annually through a recertification process.



For each certification level, there is a minimum academic and/or professional qualification required. The certificates also require a commitment to lifelong learning.



Pass our Certification Exams and Board of Ethics Exams.



Agree to and comply with the IASE Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a set of principles that ensure the maintenance of integrity standards and ethical conduct.



To carry out the test and to maintain the certification, a fee is required at the time of admission.

Academic Partner

ISB III – Expert Level
Preparatory courses

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The ISB Level III preparatory course is designed to provide candidates with the basic knowledge and understanding to comprehend sustainability and ESG topics in the business context.

Training: ONLINE; min. 120 study hrs/24 weeks.

Programmatic Contents - ISB III


1. INTRODUCTION a. Introduction to ESG b. Environmental aspects, climate change and green transition c. Social and governance aspects d. Sustainable finance

2. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY a. ESG megatrends b. Stakeholder engagement c. Case study d. Sustainable strategy e. Consumer sustainability

3. SUSTAINABLE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE a. Corporate governance systems and sustainability: an international perspective b. Stakeholder engagement c. Board structure, diversity, effectiveness and independence d. Audit and internal controls e. Community involvement and charity f. Benefit corporation g. Sustainability and cooperatives

4. SUSTAINABLE CORPORATE FINANCE a. Risk management b. ESG rating c. Firm valuation

5. HUMAN CAPITAL AND LEADERSHIP a. Talent attraction, development and retention b. Health and safety c. Remuneration system d. Case study e. Management control for sustainability

6. SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN a. The environmental sustainability of supply chains b. Case study c. The water footprint of supply chains d. The carbon footprint of supply chains e. Facility, operation, energy and waste f. Circular economy g. Human rights in the supply chain

7. MEASURING AND REPORTING SUSTAINABILITY a. Overview on sustainability reporting b. Sustainability and integrated reporting: main frameworks c. Supply chain reporting d. Other specific standards on environmental reporting and impact assessment e. Greenwashing / Brownwashing f. Case study g. Assurance h. EU taxonomy i. How to talk about sustainability to your CFO j. Marketing and communication

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