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The ‘S’ in ESG - Social Reporting (Virtual Classroom)

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This online ESG training is being delivered live in two 4-hour sessions which run from 13:00 – 17:00 London (UK).

The course is focused on providing a sound understanding of the range of standards and frameworks that exist for social reporting. This practical course includes mini-cases and case work on social disclosures in Annual reports. Due diligence considerations are an integral part of social reporting. The course will address the interlinkages between financial reporting and social reporting.

Social reporting requires the identification of the addressing of material issues and considerations with regards to assurance of the integrity of the report. To advance social reporting process within organisations overall information that provides an overview of the activities of the organisation is required. This raises issues such as data availability and data management for social reporting. Due diligence control (third-party control) of social reports is another important theme to engage on with regards to social reporting.

Participants will gain technical understanding that will equip them to understand, among other things; human capital disclosures, labour and management relations, diversity and equal opportunity and non-discrimination.

At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Comprehension and knowledge of voluntary and mandatory standards and regulations that govern social reporting.
  • Understand EU regulations on Social reporting (light coverage)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Social reporting
  • Be able apply selected areas a range of international reporting standards and frameworks, including the SDGs and their indicators in regards to Social reporting
  • Understand due diligence in regards to social disclosures
  • Comprehension of recent developments in the field
  • Be able to analyse environmental, social and economic responsibility of an organization and understand data, measurement and reporting challenges.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify voluntary and mandatory standards and regulations that govern social reporting
  • To recognise the range of reporting standards and frameworks, including the SDGs and their indicators, that can be applied in the preparation of social disclosures
  • To apply tools (SDG indicators etc.) covered in the course, to real life cases to prepare social disclosures
  • To discuss some of the problems associated social data, reporting and disclosures

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for accountants, managers and others who are involved the ESG reporting cycle or who more broadly engages with impact and sustainability within a public sector entity or a private company.


  • Introduction
    • Introduction to social reporting within the broader umbrella of ESG reporting.
    • EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and the link to social reporting
  • Voluntary international standards for social reporting and disclosures. Understanding the concept of shareholders and stakeholders in the context of social reporting.
    • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators
    • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
    • Integrated Reporting (IR)
  • Social data, ethics and human rights reporting. Following topics are included, but not limited to:
    • Labor and management relations
    • Occupational health and safety
    • Training and education
    • Diversity and equal opportunity
    • Non-discrimination, local communities and rights if indigenous people
    • Human rights assessments and child labour

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction and illustrative examples
  • Review & interpretation of social disclosures and information to illustrate key points
  • Practical workshop exercises using realistic scenarios, case studies, examples of best practice and the models you can use back in the workplace
  • Interactive participation will be encouraged
  • All participants will receive the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.


Our seminars take place in professional conference facilities, usually situated within a carefully chosen and well-located hotel. We use prestigious brands such as Radisson Blu, Hilton and Marriott.

Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Refreshments and lunch are provided at our events.

CPE/CPD Accreditation

IASeminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Field of study: Accounting


No advance preparation is required for this course.