ESG Essentials for SMEs

Kickstart your journey today

PwC has concluded the offering of this course.

We are now offering two masterclasses in partnership with Enterprise Singapore:

Please refer to Enterprise Singapore's website for other course providers of the foundational course.

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Essentials for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) upskilling course is designed in partnership with Enterprise Singapore to help local SMEs kickstart their ESG journey. With the support of PwC’s Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainability Excellence (APAC CSE), the course will provide SME leaders and senior management with a fundamental understanding and practical tools needed to incorporate ESG principles into their businesses and drive their ESG agenda.

This course is also a part of the Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) by Enterprise Singapore, to support Singapore businesses on sustainability initiatives, and to capture new opportunities in the green economy. Learn more about the subsidies, eligibility and process below.

Directors may attend this prescribed course to fulfil the new Singapore Exchange (SGX) requirements with regard to directors’ training on sustainability.

How this course will benefit you

  • Gain pragmatic tools to capture sustainability-related opportunities and future-proof your business
  • Leverage PwC’s technical expertise ranging from developing ESG strategies to adhering to a host of reporting standards
  • Gain insight into industry best practices and emerging trends to maximise ESG business value


Course details

Module 1: Introduction to ESG

  • Definition of ESG
  • Global and local trends in Singapore
  • Key stakeholder perspectives

Module 2: ESG issues

  • Regulatory landscape
  • Climate change vulnerabilities
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Carbon measurement
  • Resource efficiency and waste management

Module 3: ESG opportunities

  • ESG strategy
  • Sustainability grants
  • Sustainable finance
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Decarbonisation
  • Reporting frameworks

Module 4: ESG application workshop

  • Development of strategic ESG map
  • Walkthrough of best-practice examples of global and local reporting
  • Exploration of material issues across different industries
  • Completion of PwC’s ESG Readiness Tool

Course duration: 16 hours

Learning modalities: Virtual webinars, e-learns and one in-person workshop 

February 2024

Registration closes on 29 January 2024

Date Time Format
Tue, 20 February 2024 9:00 - 12:30pm
Wed, 21 February 2024 9:00 - 11:30am Virtual
Thu, 22 February 2024 9:00 - 11:30am Virtual
Tue, 27 February 2024 9:00 - 12:30pm In-person, PwC Office

Enterprise Singapore subsidy

Course Fees

Full price - SGD $1,500*

Enterprise Singapore subsidised price - SGD $450*

*Fee stated is per participant and excludes prevailing GST, which will be applied on the full price

Subsidy Eligibility Conditions

  • Subsidised course fee of S$450 (not inclusive of GST) per participant is only applicable to nominees from local companies1 and trade associations (TACs) 2
  • Each eligible entity will be supported for up to a maximum of 3 participants for each type of ESP Sustainability Course 3
  • Each individual will only be supported once for each type of ESP Sustainability Course 3
  • The company or TAC is liable to make full payment for the course fees if it or its participants are found to be ineligible or fail to complete the course.

1 Business entities registered and operating in Singapore. This excludes: (a) non-profit organisations and charities (registered as public companies limited by guarantee); and (b) foreign companies operating in Singapore (registered as branch or representative offices).

2 TACs will need to fulfil the following criteria: a) registered with Registry of Societies (ROS) or Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA); and b) defined as a non-profit organisation.

3 There are currently three types of ESP Sustainability Courses: Foundational, Decarbonisation, and Sustainable Financing. Please refer to the ESP website for the list of courses under each course type.

Subsidy Process

To receive this subsidy, please submit the following documents to after you have registered using the link at the bottom of this page:

  1. Completed Company Nomination Declaration Form (Download here)
  2. Verification documents:
  • Local Companies :
    • Company’s most recent ACRA Bizfile profile (Accessed from 2022 onwards)
  • Trade Associations
    • Company’s most recent ACRA Bizfile profile (Accessed from 2022 onwards)
    • If ACRA Bizfile profile is not available, please provide a screenshot of the organisation’s registration with the Registry of Societies (ROS)

Enterprise Sustainability Programme 

The Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) supports Singapore businesses on sustainability initiatives and to capture new opportunities in the green economy. As part of the ESP, Enterprise Singapore partnered Global Compact Network Singapore, PwC Singapore and Singapore Environment Council to launch the first series of Enterprise Sustainability Programme - Sustainability Courses.

These courses aim to build awareness and knowledge of sustainability amongst local business leaders and enable participants to access tools and resources to help them assess their current sustainability readiness and performance. It serves as a foundation to help local enterprise build capabilities for the green economy and develop a clear plan for sustainability efforts.

PwC ESG Essentials for SMEs: Kickstart your ESG Journey is part of the ESP – Sustainability Courses Series.

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