In Course 2 we look at the threats to and mitigation of material topics.  This includes moving from gross exposure to day-to-day exposure and identifying the process flow that surrounds material topics, their threats and mitigation of them. Additionally, we investigate the use of material topic assessments for business benefit.

In the second hour, we look at the metrics that may help us in managing material topics and their threats and have to set relevant thresholds to these metrics. An example is reviewed of an ESG internal report and dashboard and early warning signals for material topics and their threats are discussed.

In the third hour, we look at capture and use ESG incidents that happened both to the firm and to other firms. We also look at root cause analysis including ‘Why did the Titanic sink?’ and ‘Why did Fukushima happen?’.

This course provides a theoretical and practical evaluation of ESG management tools, covering:

  • assessing the threats to ESG material topics and how to mitigate the threats;
  • identifying the metrics and target levels that will assist in managing ESG exposure;
  • and, capturing and analysing ESG events and incidents.

These tools and processes are suitable for any ESG practitioner, risk practitioner and member of management who wants to get familiar with the tools and processes required to manage ESG exposure.

Course overview:

The course comprises one three-hour session and is a live online intensive course that provides a technical, yet practical, analysis of ESG data that is designed to improve your knowledge, skills and expertise in ESG management techniques, practises and systems. The session is self-contained and can be booked and taken separately. All three sessions of the full ESG set taken together will give the participant an unrivalled understanding of ESG management. You will be encouraged to use this live session to ask questions as they occur to you.

You will be eligible to receive a CPD certificate based on successful completion of the course. You will also be eligible to receive an ESG Manager certificate based on a successful performance in the optional examination, after attending all three courses and successfully passing the examination.


Each three-hour session is self-contained and can be booked and taken separately or as a series.

Each session is priced at £450 for members or £575 for non-members.

For more information, or for help in booking your place, please contact our Training team.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Analyse the threats to ESG material topics
  • Identify and appraise relevant and appropriate mitigation to those threats
  • Differentiate metrics to material topics between predictive metrics (a.k.a. early warning signals) and lagging metrics
  • Construct dashboards for metrics showing the threats to ESG material topics
  • Distinguish between cause, events and effects of ESG incidents
  • Design root cause analysis for ESG events


I felt the pace and style of training was very helpful and the … discussions helped to drive the topics home. The vast nature of the course content has given me a lot of confidence on the remit … with lots of concepts to bring into my firm. The materials … have also become invaluable reference materials.” Manager, Global Japanese Bank

"This course has undoubtedly marked a before and an after in my career development. It’s been very useful and I gained the technical knowledge I was lacking. Professor Tony Blunden made the intense topic … something easy to understand.”  Risk Officer - Large, Well Known Fin Tech Start Up

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Professor Tony Blunden

Professor Tony Blunden

Hon. Professor, GCU and Head of Consulting at RiskLogix

Professor Tony Blunden has worked in the City of London for over thirty years primarily within risk management and related areas in financial services...

Professor Tony Blunden has worked in the City of London for over thirty years primarily within risk management and related areas in financial services organisations. Prior to joining Risk-Logix, he spent four years as Director of Operational Risk within the Financial Services Risk Management Practice at Ernst & Young. Tony's area of focus is the identification and development of clients' needs in risk management. 

Client consulting engagements have included advising and guiding on risk frameworks, governance and culture, risk and control assessments, indicators of key risks, loss databases and their use, scenarios and stress tests, modelling of operational risk and risk reporting as well as risk appetite, the use of six sigma, ICAAP, ILAAP and enterprise wide risk management.  Risk appetite frameworks and model validation have been a particular feature of Tony's work in the last few years.

Tony is a frequent conference and bespoke training speaker having spoken at over 150 international risk and compliance conferences. He is also a well-known author of articles, chapters and books on risk management and compliance.  His latest book is 'Mastering Operational Risk' which has sold over 12,000 copies, been translated into Chinese and is published by Financial Times Prentice Hall. He has been appointed an Honorary Professor by Glasgow Caledonian University. Tony is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Tony is recognised throughout the industry as a world leading authority on operational risk and brings deep domain knowledge and the practical experience of advising a considerable number of blue chip companies on risk management.

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Suitable those who have an interest in understanding the business benefits that can be gained through good ESG management as well as ESG professionals, new joiners to ESG management and allied areas such as risk management.

  • CO of ESG
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CRO
  • Head of Business Line
  • Head of Department
  • ESG champion in department/Business ESG leader
  • Head of ESG
  • ESG analyst
  • Head of Risk
  • Head of ESG Risk
  • ESG risk analyst
  • Head of Finance
  • Financial analyst