Understanding the Impact of Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

Professional Development
Academic Level
Digital badge for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Social Governance

The increasing importance of sustainability and human rights has cast considerable focus on the practices or policies within a company or organization as well as the impact those practices, policies and investments have on employees, the environment and society. The concept in its entirety is called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

This microcredential introduces you to ESG as a system. This course covers how these impacts are identified, measured and reported within a dynamic environment that is exposed to external forces (e.g., climate change), the impact of which is not fully understood. You will learn how to build ESG concepts into business plans and identify points of risk within a business's operations.

Sessions will include discussion of real-world scenarios, including active debate on policy implementation and enforcement. Lastly, we will discuss the market impacts of differentiating understandings of ESG as a concept and ESG as an economic entity.

What are Microcredentials?

Whether you’re a current student or a working professional, microcredentials will help you develop new, relevant and demonstrable skills that can give you an edge in a competitive job market. 

Microcredentials at the University at Albany are a collection of courses and experiences that teach industry-aligned skills and competencies, which are documented by digital badges. 

Being able to clearly articulate your skills means you’ll be better positioned to bridge the gap between college and career, or between your current job and your dream job. You can also stack microcredentials into larger skillsets and credentials.

Our programs are developed using established faculty governance processes and endorsed by UAlbany, so the skills you learn are portable, meaningful and high quality. The programs are offered at the undergraduate or graduate level, or as an opportunity for continuing education. Many are conveniently offered online.