Audit and Governance

To respond to pressing global issues and delivering on corresponding Governments policies, public sector entities and public benefit organisations are embracing and implementing a range of sustainability and climate initiatives. In addition, the manner, nature and extent of sustainability reporting is evolving which requires companies and organisations (be they public, private or non-profit) to report beyond the financials and product or service delivery performance. More is expected of organisations today than has been the case heretofore, including, how they interact with the environment, with the local community, how they treat their staff and stakeholders and other factors.

Sustainability reporting can incorporate environmental considerations (e.g. energy usage and savings, waste, carbon footprint), social considerations (e.g. gender pay metrics, Human Rights, support of staff development and well-being) and governance considerations (e.g. transparency, ethics, code and statutory compliance), and gives stakeholders a better picture of the health of the company or organisation  encapsulated in its triple bottom line (TBL).

The Sustainability Agenda for Public Sector Bodies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This is a two -hour online course that will be delivered from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. It will be remotely delivered through MS Teams and facilitated by subject matter experts.

Commences

11 May 2023 | 7 December 2023 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

Two Hours

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this two hour online course is €160 per person.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

To respond to pressing global issues and delivering on corresponding Governments policies, public sector entities and public benefit organisations are embracing and implementing a range of sustainability and climate initiatives. In addition, the manner, nature and extent of sustainability reporting is evolving which requires companies and organisations (be they public, private or non-profit) to report beyond the financials and product or service delivery performance. More is expected of organisations today than has been the case heretofore, including, how they interact with the environment, with the local community, how they treat their staff and stakeholders and other factors.

Sustainability reporting can incorporate environmental considerations (e.g. energy usage and savings, waste, carbon footprint), social considerations (e.g. gender pay metrics, Human Rights, support of staff development and well-being) and governance considerations (e.g. transparency, ethics, code and statutory compliance), and gives stakeholders a better picture of the health of the company or organisation  encapsulated in its triple bottom line (TBL).

Who is this for?

This course will aim at exploring the theme of sustainability, with a view to building knowledge and providing practical guidance and ideas for those charged with the governance of public bodies and public benefit entities. These include, but not limited to, Board and sub-Committees members, Internal Auditors, senior management and those in leadership positions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this training, participants will: 

  • Understand the key tenets of the sustainability agenda (policy framework)
  • Appreciate the role of Board and senior management and others in driving and reporting on organisational sustainability performance
  • Consider how to commence and embed sustainability initiatives in organisations 
  • Be familiar with sustainability reporting terminology, frameworks and what it means in practical terms 
     
Course Content

The course will cover the following areas: 

  • What is sustainability and sustainability reporting?
  • What can the frameworks tell us about reporting?
  • What are the norms and standards and how can these be adopted?
  • Who leads on sustainability in an organisation?
Course Leader

This briefing will be delivered by members of our experienced Governance Team: Dr Deirdre Bane, Dr Nicolas Marcoux, Kate O’Donnell and Dr Tom Ward.

 

 

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