More than ever before, society is demanding that Environmental, Social and Governance requirements are embedded into investment processes. Likewise, practitioners of ESG are calling for more pertinent information for their decision-making in today’s global business environment, with increasingly complex financial and non-financial reporting requirements.
The global pandemic and financial crisis also have spurred professionals, in particular from institutional investors and financial/business analysts, to want to know more about ESG and to gain further insights toward mainstreaming the relevant variables into their businesses.
The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) embraces this need for change and establishes a strong basis for a single global ESG certification, both for the private and the public sectors, whilst promoting a robust taxonomy.
The IASE has released its Invitation to Comment (ITC) during the month of August on the outline for ISF & ISB Certifications in the Public Interest: “The Basic ESG Certification”.
Building upon the IASE’s efforts to develop its syllabus for the Certifications on International Sustainable Finance “ISF” and International Sustainable Business “ISB” for 2020-21, this ITC highlights the board’s mandate and discussions on the topics of professional ESG preparedness, qualifications, quality at entry and assurance. It also flags potential standard-setting activities the IASE could take to enhance the ESG challenge.
The invitation to comment expired on August 31st, 2020 and on September 15th the Board of Directors approved the two syllabus ISF and ISB level I as IASE’s launching certifications for our 2020 exams call, to be scheduled for the first week of March 2021.
We would like to thank all the entities who were invited to participate in this initiative:
ENTITIES BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER
2 AFRICAN UNION
3 AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE DEVELOPPEMENT
6 AUSTRALIA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
7 BAHRAIN MINISTRY OF OIL AND GAS
8 BNP PARIBAS
12 CHARTERED INSURANCE INSTITUTE
13 CREDIT AGRICOLE
15 EGYPT MINISTRY OF ENVIROMENT
19 EUROPEAN COMISSION
20 EXPONENTIAL INSTITUTE
23 GATES FOUNDATION
24 GOLD STANDARD
25 GREEN CLIMATE FUND
29 ISLAMIC BANK OF DEVELOPMENT
30 LUX GOV
31 MUFG BANK
33 PERSONAL FINANCE SOCIETY
34 ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
35 RWANDA UNIVERSITY
37 SEUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
38 UN – FAO
39 UN – IFAD
40 UN ENVIROMENMENT
41 UN WOMEN
42 UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
43 WORLD BANK