Hong Kong’s ICSD launches CEPAR 5-step methodology to assist enterprises in addressing the ESG challenges

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) has become a global hot topic in recent years. Integrating ESG into business strategies and operational policies has become crucial for corporate success.

To promote and professionalise ESG education and enhance individuals’ and enterprises’ recognition and awareness of sustainable development ideology, the International Chamber of Sustainable Development (ICSD) launched the first certified ESG Planner CEP course in Hong Kong.

The CEPAR five-step methodology featured in the course was published in the international academic journal Public Administration and Policy: An Asia-Pacific Journal (PAP) in the United Kingdom in May, marking its official global reach.

In addition, ICSD persistently strives for innovation, advancing toward the international stage by establishing a chapter in Geneva, Switzerland, in May.

Furthermore, the CEP course will expand to mainland China for the first time in September, making the course available for individuals in the Greater Bay Area.

CEPAR Five-Step Methodology Practical solutions for addressing ESG issues within enterprises

The CEP course adopts ICSD’s pioneering CEPAR five-step methodology, which consists Challenge, Evaluation, Planning, Action and Review, as its framework.

It integrates ESG knowledge and market tools in training students to become certified ESG planners.

By applying CEPAR, these professionals are equipped to assist enterprises in addressing pressing environmental, social, and governance issues and promote sustainable development. CEPAR has also been published in the international journal Public Administration and Policy (PAP), which further solidified its global recognition.

This publication serves as strong evidence of CEPAR’s academic value and practical applicability, firmly establishing it as a crucial guiding principle for ESG planning and action.

Dr Angus YIP, the Founding Chairman of the International Chamber of Sustainable Development (ICSD), said the importance of cultivating certified ESG planners with professional knowledge and skills in the process of promoting sustainable development.

Various ESG courses in the current market lack practical and concise methods for addressing practical ESG issues, and CEPAR can fill this gap.

With its wide recognition within the academic community, CEPAR further validates its value and global influence.

He believes that students will be able to apply CEPAR within enterprises, integrating sustainable development concepts into business strategies and operational policies, and driving positive societal and environmental transformations.


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