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IoD Professional Director Series - Company purpose and ESG - Virtual

24 Jul 2020 09:30 - 11:00
Adobe Connect


IoD Professional Director Series Online 

The IoD is here to help you be the best leader you can be. Whether you’ve been a director for days or decades, there is always something new to discover about the role, your responsibilities, and the business world around you. In an economy that’s changing by the day, it’s never been more important to be on top of your game with professional development. 

To help you understand your role as a director, and future-proof your board and organisation, we’ve developed our Professional Director Series – bringing accessible and digestible CPD to your region on the topics that matter. The whole series – wherever you are in the UK - is mapped to the IoD Director Competency Framework, keeping your learning relevant, up-to-date and in line with your professional development ambitions. Whether you’re embarking on the Certificate in Company Direction or are a qualified Chartered Director, this CPD series is the perfect accompaniment – or refresher – to your existing knowledge.

You’ll also be part of a group of leaders from organisations of all shapes and sizes across your region, giving you the opportunity to connect, learn from each other, share your setbacks and successes, and encourage each other at the most senior level. 

Company purpose and ESG – driving long-term value 

‘A company is more than an economic unit generating wealth. It fulfils human and societal aspirations as part of the broader social system. Performance must be measured not only on the return to shareholders, but also on how it achieves its environmental, social and good governance objectives.’  

(The Davos Manifesto 2020) 

Recent years have seen significant changes in the way stakeholders expect organisations to present and run their business, requiring the boards of companies to re-evaluate their purpose within an environmental, social and governance (ESG) context. Boards need a firm grasp of value creation that satisfies all stakeholders, internal and external. 

This workshop explores how meaningful purpose statements at the heart of an organisation’s business model bring benefits and drive long-term value creation. It also examines what influences stakeholder demand and introduces different reporting and disclosure frameworks that will help organisations report and communicate their ESG credentials effectively to their stakeholders.?    

Having completed this session, delegates should be able to:? 

- Recognise the importance of meaningful purpose statements in delivering benefits and driving long-term value creation 

- Appraise different approaches to communicating and reporting ESG to stakeholders 

Course Benefits

IoD course leader

Business experience:
Deborah Morton-Dare is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in financial and strategic management training for all levels of financial background, from beginners to advanced, and to audiences ranging from SME’s to FTSE 100 board level. Deborah started her professional career in corporate finance gaining wide ranging experience in a variety of corporates and financial institutions. Deborah is an experienced company director, having set up and run several businesses during her career and held numerous financial advisory roles over many years assisting companies in raising finance and structuring their finance departments.

Professional credentials and training experience:
Deborah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (formerly Arthur Young) and has many years of experience in delivering financial training for organisations which include professional bodies such as the Investor Relations Society where she has been involved in the syllabus development and content for their professional qualification. She has been a speaker at the ACCA conferences on financial management and has delivered training for the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Deborah presents to a diverse range of corporate clients and financial institutions, including organisations such as the Bank of England, Morgan Stanley, IBM and Merrill Lynch and Westminster Council. Deborah also delivers overseas; her most recent project has been for listed companies based in Dubai.

Deborah has been published with both the Investor Relations Study guide and the Financial Times publication, Mastering Derivatives Markets, where Deborah was the author of the chapter ‘First Principles of Accounting for Derivatives’.

Learning Objectives

Course Leaders


75.00 GBP + VAT - Members' Rate
100.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Members' Rate

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  • IoD Virtual Development
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