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I’ve been taking a few online courses to brush up on what’s new in the evolving landscape of climate change and ESG. 

One is a course put on by a reputable professional association that promised to teach me how to make a business case for sustainability using hard numbers, except we’re 3/4 of the way through and we still haven’t talked about the math. I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

The other is a brand new course offered on Udemy called Your Climate Risk MBA taught by my friend and colleague Dr. Mark Trexler.

In 1988, while working at the World Resources Institute, Mark worked on the first-ever carbon offset project. He’s served as an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and done lots of other amazing stuff that’s laid the foundation for what you and I do today.

If I could give it six stars out of five, I would — it’s clear, compelling, and perfectly paced.

Even if you know a lot about the topic of climate change, the course provides new and refreshing ways to package and communicate key information to clients.

Since it’s new, the course is discounted by 80% to $16.99. Head over there and sign up. You’ll be glad you did.

A new KPMG survey includes new topics that reflect the evolving nature of sustainability disclosures. Findings indicate five major emerging trends in sustainability reporting:
  • Sustainability reporting is growing incrementally with movement towards the use of standards framed by stakeholder materiality assessments
  • There is increased reporting on climate-related risks and carbon reduction targets, in line with TCFD
  • There is a growing awareness of biodiversity risk
  • Reporting on the UN SDGs prioritizes quantity over quality
  • Climate risk reporting leads, followed by social and governance risks

Access the full report here.

Despite the swirling controversy, The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) confirmed this week that Scope 3 emissions — those beyond a company’s direct control and embedded in its value chain will be included in the new reporting standard. This will have a trickle-down effect on mid-cap companies that are suppliers to the big companies required to disclose.


This is big.


All my best,


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