ESG Reporting Certification Course (4th Cohort - 7 Pre-recorded Sessions) (Registration deadline: 14 April 2024)

  • Sunday 14 Apr 2024

  • Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme

  • English

  • No physical attendance is required. (Joining online)

  • HKCGI Member, Graduate, Student, Student Ambassador & Non-Member


20 ESG experts


ESG Reporting Certification Course (4th Cohort - 7 Pre-recorded Sessions) FLYER

The Institute is a recognised thought leader in governance reporting. Obtaining the Institute's ESG Reporting Certification means you stand apart from your peers by having a comprehensive ESG reporting understanding and competencies. The Fourth Cohort of this Course consists of 7 pre-recorded sessions with 20 ESG experts as speakers, including reporting professionals from listed companies and the largest accounting firms. 

A Certificate that Matters

Attendees of the Fourth Cohort who can successfully fulfill attendance requirements (between March and May 2024) and pass a final assessment (in June 2024) will be accredited for two years (from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2026) and will also be permitted to use the post-nominal 'HKCGI Cert: ESG' during the accreditation period.

The names and post-nominals of those who have successfully obtained the certification will be listed on the Institute’s designated webpage for prospective employers and public searches.

There will be a maximum of two intakes per year and a refresher course every two years for extended accreditation. The ESG Reporting Certification Course counts toward ECPD hours for Institute members.

Topics Covered

In line with Listing Rules requirements, the ESG Reporting Certification Course will cover:

  • Introduction to HKEX’s ESG Reporting Guide
  • Directors’ duties in ESG & climate reporting
  • Governance structure for ESG and climate-related disclosures
  • Setting strategy, materiality assessment, and identifying risks and opportunities
  • Setting metrics and targets
  • ESG and climate-related disclosures
  • Data collection, report drafting, timeline
  • Workshops – ESG materiality assessment, SDGs mapping, sector-specific KPIs and alignment with international standards

Update on Climate Disclosures under ESG Framework

In April 2023, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) published a consultation paper to propose the increased climate-related disclosures by all issuers in their ESG reports, and the new climate-related disclosures aligned with the Climate Standard so finalised by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).

ISSB released two standards, IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 in June 2023, and further indicated to publish an Adoption Guide with recommended approaches on scaling and phasing-in of requirements.

In November 2023, HKEX announced to postpone the implementation of Listing Rule amendments for a year to 1 January 2025, giving issuers more time to get familiarised with the new climate-related disclosure requirements.

Registrants of the Fourth Cohort will be invited to attend one seminar on the updating of climate disclosures to be organised by the Institute (in Q4 2024) on complimentary basis. This forthcoming seminar does not form any part of the Fourth Cohort.

Course Details

Course Period

March 2024 – May 2024 (For those enrolments received by the Institute on or after 25 March 2024, access to the Course will open in 5 working days.)

Final Assessment

June 2024

Total Course Hours

14 ECPD hours (7 sessions of 2 hours)


20 ESG experts

Application Deadline

14 April 2024 at 2.00 pm

Entry Requirements

  • Members, graduates and students of the Institute; or
  • Holders of bachelor’s or higher degrees; or
  • Full-time or part-time students leading to bachelor's or higher degrees


Passing the Fourth Cohort means registrants have to fulfil the following:

  • Attendance requirement: 100% attendance (Registrants must watch every session in its entirety, and answer multiple-choice questions after each of the 7 sessions with unlimited attempts between March and May 2024.)
  • Assessment requirement: Pass the final assessment consisting of multiple-choice questions (in June 2024)

Government Funding

This programme is one of the Eligible Programmes under the Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme (Scheme), ( The Scheme provides training subsidies to Hong Kong residents who are market practitioners and prospective practitioners of green and sustainable finance, namely students and graduates in relevant disciplines.

Programme Provider: The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute
Identification Code: GTP-919235
Effective date under the Scheme*: 2023/04/28

* The Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme only accepts reimbursement applications in relation to an Eligible Programme with an enrolment date that is on or after the effective date of such Programme. 

After completing the 4th Cohort, members and non-members of HKCGI can apply for a subsidy being 80% of the enrolment fees of $2,800 and $3,500 respectively. Full-time student applicants can apply for a subsidy being 100% of the enrolment fee of $3,500. The reimbursement application should be submitted via the application portal of the Scheme ( within 3 months from 1 July 2024, being the date of completion of the 4th Cohort.

For details, please visit the Scheme website: or contact the Scheme enquiry hotline: (852) 2258 6000 or email

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