2-day Sustainability Data Management course
Next session: 27 – 28 February 2019
Location: Singapore (venue to be confirmed)

Context

Ensuring the consistency of data quality is crucial for effective sustainability reporting. This is true whether your organisation is starting its sustainability reporting journey or has already produced a report. The number and complexity of sources, types of information, performance measurement mechanisms and communication channels can all affect the quality of the sustainability data and lead to incomplete or inaccurate figures and disclosures.

Consistent and accurate sustainability data management should therefore be the goal of all involved – from the line managers who measure performance to the team who write the sustainability report.

About the course

This unique course has been designed by Ere-S to equip you with the knowledge and tools to better control how sustainability data is measured, collected, processed and transferred from source to report. It covers common challenges and gaps in sustainability data management systems and explains how to communicate data in the most accurate, reliable and complete way.

During the two-day course, participants learn from practical discussions and group exercises based on real-life scenarios drawn from Ere-S’s extensive experience in sustainability reporting and data management.

DAY 1
9am to 5pm

You are introduced to sustainability reporting and the components and criteria of the most commonly used guidelines, such as GRI Standards, Integrated Reporting and SGX reporting rules. The roles and responsibilities of the data owners and reporting team are also explained.

The characteristics of sustainability data, the risks and issues concerning performance measurement and data collection are presented and best practices are highlighted. This includes guidance on using the most adequate calculation methods and conversion factors, implementing quality control mechanisms and preparing for sustainability-related audits and external assurance.
DAY 2
9am to 5pm

During the second day, you learn how to develop and strengthen the sustainability data management structure and quality control mechanisms in your organisation. This includes setting appropriate communication channels between the reporting team, data owners and external parties and making the most of internal or third-party systems to store, track and facilitate inspection and assurance of your sustainability information.

You also learn how to identify sources, measure performance and apply calculation methods for some of the most challenging GRI indicators and other reporting rules.

Key benefits

  • Understand the importance of sustainability data tracking and reporting
  • Identify and mitigate risks and issues related to sustainability performance measurement, data compilation and indicator reporting
  • Master your data-related processes and control mechanisms
  • Communicate your reporting requirements and data quality criteria clearly to other data owners in your organisation and to your suppliers
  • Develop a solid and reliable data management structure
  • Become audit and assurance-ready

Participants are also provided with take-away guidance sets and ready-to-use files to assist performance measurement, data collection and compilation within their own organisation. These files include assistance for the GRI indicators that, based on Ere-S observations, are particularly difficult to measure or compile.

The course focuses on performance measurement and data management processes. It is designed to complement sustainability report development and writing courses, such as GRI reporting training.

Who should attend

Whether you have already embarked on your reporting journey and are familiar with reporting practices and guidelines, or have little or no knowledge of sustainability reporting, this course will boost your organisation’s sustainability reporting exercise. It is recommended for members of your organisation who
  • are involved in measuring and collecting sustainability-related information or performance data (e.g. line managers, HR team, safety team, environment team, CSR team, procurement team, etc.)
  • work with, or are part of, your sustainability reporting team (e.g. CSR team, corporate communication team, sustainability consultants, etc.)
  • are part of the decision-making related to developing a sustainability strategy or strengthening a sustainability framework (e.g. CSR committee, heads of business unit, etc.)
  • evaluate or audit sustainability performance (e.g. internal audit team, risk and compliance team, procurement managers, assurance practitioners, analysts, etc.)

The course fee is SGD 1,200 per participant for both days, including course materials, coffee, tea and lunch served at the venue.

We offer a 20% reduction for early registrations made by 8 February 2019.

There is an additional 10% discount for some categories of organisation or for groups of three to five participants from the same organisation (contact us for larger groups).

Registration will close on Wednesday 20 February.
A high-value training course for personnel at all levels and operations

One of the greatest challenges in sustainability data management is a lack of effective communication and quality control mechanisms between those who measure and supply the data and those in charge of writing the sustainability report.

Our Sustainability Data Management course builds awareness among data owners of the meaning and importance of reporting requirements and indicators, and their personal responsibility toward sustainability data. It also ensures that both sides understand the expectations and directions.

Customised in-house training

For large groups of participants from one organisation, Ere-S can structure a customised Sustainability Data Management course to take place at your premises. We can tailor a two-day, one-day or half-day programme adapted to your industry, own reporting strategy and data management needs.

Customised in-house sessions are an effective and cost-efficient alternative for your operational data owners who may not be able to commit to a two-day course. To date, client feedback from such sessions has been very positive.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss our customised in-house training options.
Ere-S credentials

Ere-S has more than 10 years of experience in providing advice to multi-national corporations and NGOs on sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, report assurance and due diligence. The large number of sustainability data management projects we have worked on in Singapore and the region during this period has granted us extensive knowledge on how to ensure a consistent quality of data at all levels of the reporting framework.


Our trainer for this course: Jean-Pierre Dalla Palma

Jean-Pierre (JP) is the founder and director of Ere-S and takes pride in leading all the company’s engagements on assurance, gap analysis and due diligence and keeping abreast with the latest standards and best practices. Prior to setting up Ere-S, JP’s role was to evaluate the CSR initiatives of large corporations worldwide. Through these projects, which covered all aspects of corporate sustainability from carbon emissions to human rights in the supply chain, JP has interviewed hundreds of data owners, managers and stakeholder representatives and analysed thousands of statements, data sets and underlying data sources and procedures for performance measurement, data collection and calculation.
As a sustainability reporting consultant and an assurance practitioner, JP has gained a deep understanding of the requirements and pitfalls of implementing reporting frameworks. He is also an experienced trainer and the first Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner registered in South-East Asia. With over 15 year of expertise in corporate sustainability and a career background in logistics and information technology, JP is ideally equipped to provide quality sustainability data management training.

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