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Integrating ESG into Your Business Strategy

From developing strategy to measuring performance, environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are changing the way we do business. In a world where the only constant is change, be it in the regulatory framework or day-to-day business practices, a whole new skill set is required to sharpen your ESG focus and incorporate these principles into your organization’s value chain and every point in your communications pipeline.

The interactive approach of this course, led by prominent specialists in the field, will give you the opportunity to test out your newly acquired knowledge and tools — as you gain a new appreciation for the challenges associated with sustainable finance and climate risk.


$1,695 + taxes


Two days - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in French

On-site, Downtown
Hélène-Desmarais Building

April 15, 22, 2024

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  • Establish a business strategy rooted in the key concepts of sustainable development (materiality, circularity, EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion), carbon neutrality).
  • Oversee the implementation of your strategy (interdisciplinarity, board roles, responsibilities).
  • Measure financial performance and non-financial impacts (indicators, dashboards, targets).
  • Relay information effectively to various stakeholders (reporting frameworks, new formats of financial statements, greenwashing, assurance/audit).

Is this for you?

  • Executives
  • Board members
  • Accounting firm managers
  • Professionals in an advisory role

Note: No previous financial training required.

Special features

  • Position your organization at the forefront of socioecological transition.
  • Refine your communication skills to be able to meet a whole new set of stakeholder demands.


Julien Le Maux
Julien Le Maux
PhD, MSc (Finance), CFE, C.Adm.
Professor, HEC Montréal
Valérie Cecchini
Valérie Cecchini
Managing Partner, Borealis Global Asset Management

Sustainable finance

  • Definition and history
  • Important facts about greenhouse gas emissions
  • Impact of sustainable development on every part of an organization: Reworking the mission statement and corporate positioning
  • Current and forthcoming regulatory requirements

ESG indicators

  • Corporate sustainability metrics
  • Sources of divergence between ESG factors
  • Challenges:
    • Financing: A new banking ecosystem, emergence of “green” financing programs
    • Management of human and natural resources
    • Corporate governance: The Board of today and tomorrow
    • Reporting
    • Business strategy development
  • What to do:
    • Required investments
    • organizational changes
    • product design
    • new service offering
    • etc.
  • Tools available to business
  • Emerging trends:
    • Green and sustainability-linked bonds
    • anti-greenwashing rules
    • and other sustainable finance
    • life cycle and circular economy tools
    • etc.

Risk and return

  • Integration of ESG criteria into risk and return models
  • Expert input
  • Mini-case study (small group discussions)
  • Discussion-based workshops

Participants in all of our seminars will receive a certificate of completion from Executive Education HEC Montréal.

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