2-day Sustainability Data Management course
Next session: 14 – 15 November 2018
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
  • Master your data-related processes and control mechanisms
  • Identify and mitigate sustainability data-related risks and issues in your organisation
  • Develop a solid and reliable data management structure
  • Communicate your reporting requirements and data quality criteria clearly to other data owners in your organisation and to your suppliers
  • Mitigate common issues related to performance measurement, data compilation and indicator reporting
  • 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.)

Registration is closed.

Next session is planned for February or March 2019. We will update this page with the new dates shortly.

Customised in-house training

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

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 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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