Global services firm KPMG has revealed that it is launching its eponymous ESG Academy, aimed at educating businesses on a wide variety of ESG topics.
The KPMG ESG Academy features a wide array of courses which include include content and lectures developed by ESG specialists from leading universities in collaboration with KPMG sustainability subject matter professionals.
The Academy covers ESG areas ranging from corporate sustainability transformations and ESG regulation to climate risk and business decarbonisation strategies.
John McCalla-Leacy, KPMG International’s Global Head of ESG, said: “In my conversations with business leaders, I routinely hear that complexity, a lack of understanding and the challenge of actually accessing information and insights is what’s holding them back on their ESG journey.
“The launch of the KPMG ESG Academy is about bringing that much needed information together in one place – to empower decision makers to deliver positive change.”
The academy is set to provide fully customisable and scalable course content that can be delivered as a standalone virtual learning tool or integrated into clients’ in-house learning platforms, targeting executive-level, mid-management as well as non-management learners.
The announcement builds on KPMG’s global alliance with Microsoft, as well as on its investment to accelerate global digital solutions for ESG issues.
KPMG and Microsoft launched a multi-year collaboration in 2019, as part of the professional services firm’s $5bn digital strategy to modernise its workplace using cloud-based tools and expand its digital offerings for clients.
Shelly Blackburn, VP Cross Solutions at Microsoft, said: “Since 2015, nearly 6,000 companies have announced science-based sustainability targets, representing a third of global market capitalisation.
“Skilling is a vital prerequisite for driving progress. To meet their commitments, these companies need to gain insights, take action, and ultimately transform their businesses. We’re proud to collaborate with KPMG on closing the skilling gap.”
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