KPMG launches global ESG Academy, in collaboration with Microsoft

KPMG to launch a dedicated ESG Academy, in collaboration with Microsoft and leading universities, to empower and educate business leaders

KPMG to launch a dedicated ESG Academy, in collaboration with Microsoft

KPMG has launched the KPMG ESG Academy in collaboration with Microsoft and some of the world’s leading universities and institutions. The scalable, turnkey academy leverages the KPMG Learning Enablement and Analytics Platform – a preconfigured platform enabled by Microsoft 365, Azure, Teams and Microsoft Viva Learning that helps to deliver learning directly in the flow of work. It can be offered as a standalone virtual learning tool or can be integrated into clients’ in-house learning platforms, helping organizations support their ESG initiatives by delivering foundational and advanced learning on a wide range of ESG topics and disciplines.

The Academy course material is structured around the latest business thought leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics, with content developed by globally recognized ESG specialists from leading universities and institutions, in collaboration with KPMG subject matter professionals in sustainability.

The course content is fully customizable and scalable. Executive-level leadership, mid-management and/or non-management learners can be engaged in the business client’s choice of basic-level ESG training, comprehensive ESG training, and/or advanced ESG-focused training in specific topics of interest, such as circularity, reporting and risk. With a powerful combination of business and academic learning, the KPMG ESG Academy delivers both foundational and advanced learning on a range of ESG topics, with the option to focus on specific business sectors and functions.

The KPMG ESG Academy builds on the expanded global alliance between KPMG and Microsoft and investment to accelerate global digital solutions for ESG issues. 

The KPMG ESG Academy is part of a range of innovative new digital solutions KPMG and Microsoft have launched to support businesses on their ESG journey. Earlier this year, the longstanding global alliance was further strengthened with the release of the KPMG Circularity Tracker – a solution designed to provide even greater depth of ESG understanding for clients – including automated data collection and model-based data calculations using standards, regulatory reporting metrics and universally accepted measurement frameworks for circularity performance. 

Since 2015, nearly 6,000 companies have announced science-based sustainability targets, representing a third of global market capitalization. Skilling is a vital prerequisite for driving progress. To meet their commitments, these companies need to gain insights, take action, and ultimately transform their businesses. We're proud to collaborate with KPMG on closing the skilling gap. The KPMG ESG Academy, powered by the Microsoft Cloud, provides the knowledge and tools that corporate leaders and their teams need to build more sustainable businesses that meet today’s critical climate challenges and tomorrow’s.

Shelly Blackburn
VP Cross Solutions at Microsoft

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