How can e-Learning help with environmental, social and governance (ESG)?

10th August 2022

How can e-Learning help with environmental, social and governance (ESG)?


What is ESG?
ESG details the environmental and social considerations within business operations. The ESG criteria – short for Environmental, Social, and Governance – is a set of standards measuring an organisation’s impact and behaviour on society, the environment, and how
transparent and accountable it is.
● Environmental criteria consider how an organisation safeguards the environment, including corporate policies addressing climate change, for example. The criteria can also help evaluate any environmental risks a company might face and how they are
managing those risks.
● Social criteria look at how the company maintains connections with its workforce, vendors, customers, and the communities in which it operates – what impact it has on people at each stage of its value or supply chain.
● Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

According to the CBI, two-thirds of investors take ESG factors into account when investing in a company. Many mutual funds, brokerage firms, and Robo-advisors now offer investment products that use ESG criteria. The rapid growth of ESG investment funds in recent years has led to claims that companies have been insincere or misleading in touting their ESG accomplishments. ESG is also the right thing for organisations to do, and for businesses, it has the potential to grow while benefiting the environment and community. The public sector has a big impact on the environment. It has a dual role as a provider of essential services, such as the armed forces, healthcare, education, public transport, and waste collection, and these contribute to climate change. But the public sector is also a regulator and a standard-setter. This reality means that the public sector, not just private sector companies, is instrumental in meeting net-zero targets. The adoption of ESG is increasing and organisations are rapidly incorporating it into mainstream business, but there is still a lack of clarity around the topic.

Communicating the ESG strategy
ESG consultancy may be appropriate at the top level of an organisation. But how best does the organisation ensure all employees and suppliers are aware of their ESG strategy? At Marshall e-Learning, we do not think ESG should be treated as a compliance issue akin
to GDPR training. We film stakeholders and help them communicate the message they want
to put out with a short, engaging online message. Our platform means they can show any
external body how seriously they take these topics.

How does e-Learning help organisations with ESG?
Off-the-shelf online learning often isn’t appropriate when you want to engage an audience emotionally. It is when emotions are engaged that we learn and retain knowledge. It shouldn’t be a memory test. Because it is so nuanced and creative, e-Learning has a significant impact on conveying key messages. Then, of course, it is easy to update and modify. Courses are also learning- optimized, fun and interactive, with stories to remember. Along with saving organisations money, e-Learning provides employees with ongoing access to key resources.

Marshall e-Learning

Numerous organisations, universities, and businesses commission our diversity, inclusion, wellbeing, mental health, and environmental e-Learning because it is such an effective way to spread a core message across a workforce.
Our selection of online courses covers a range of topics across the ESG spectrum. Our e-Learning courses provide your organisation with the essential information needed to start or continue your ESG journey. Some of our courses that fit into your ESG requirements
include:

Climate Change: This e-Learning looks at the core concepts and climate change issues. It also includes reporting and government actions.
Environmental Sustainability: This 30-minute online course raises understanding of eco-issues across your workforce and improves performance in key areas. If you buy this course, you’ll get any updates we make, so you’ll always be up-to-date with current legislation.

Becoming an inclusive organisation
This inclusive training course acts as the next stage after our introductory course on unconscious bias. It looks at inclusive recruitment, recruitment bias, and managing conflict.

Health & Safety
Reports and statistics on health and safety issues are more regulated by legislation than many other ESG topics. This is a CPD Certified e-Learning Course and counts as 45 minutes toward a learners annual CPD total.

Mental Health Fatigue
Animated videos make up this online course. The focus is on a protagonist’s mental health challenges at work and the efforts of his well-meaning manager. This 20-minute course offers possible solutions with varying levels of success.

Benefits of bespoke training
You will see the difference that using a professional e-Learning consultancy makes, but more importantly, how a company that has a genuine commitment to these topics can amplify your message.

So often we are invited into organisations by people who have tried to do this themselves and it has stayed on their to-do list for over two years. The relevant experts give lengthy word documents to developers who place the materials online, but without careful instructional design, you end up with an online “resource” or “reference guide” on the intranet, with little engagement. Marshall e-Learning was set up in 2002, and our first homepage said organisations had a duty to promote social justice in their workplace and externally. We founded the firm on those values, not on a sales target, which we modify every year. That is why we have a reputation for creating nuanced, engaging e-Learning that comes out of genuine consultation with our clients.

If you would like to try one of our courses on sustainability, diversity, or mental health wellbeing, do get in touch.

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