ESG Essentials for SMEs

Kickstart your journey today

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 2023

Applications close 6th February 2023




March 2023

Applications close 8th March 2023



May 2023

Applications close 12th April 2023

Date Time Format
Tuesday, 21 February 2023 9:00 - 12:30pm
Wednesday, 22 February 2023 9:30 - 12:00pm Virtual
Friday, 24 February 2023 9:00 - 11:30am Virtual
Wednesday, 1 March 2023 9:30 - 1:00pm In-person, PwC Office
Date Time Format
Tuesday, 28 March 2023 9:00 - 12:30pm
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 9:30 - 11:30am Virtual
Thursday, 30 March 2023 9:00 - 11:30am Virtual
Tuesday, 4 April 2023 9:30 - 12:30pm In-person, PwC Office
Date Time Format
Tuesday, 2 May 2023 9:00 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, 3 May 2023 9:30 - 11:30am Virtual
Tuesday, 9 May 2023 9:00 - 12:00pm Virtual
Friday, 12 May 2023 9:30 - 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

  • Course fee of S$450 (not inclusive of GST) per participant is only applicable to local companies1 and trade associations2, up to a maximum of 3 nominated participants per entity.
  • Participants must be nominated by their company or trade association for participation in this series of Sustainability Courses3.
  • Each individual will only be supported to participate in these sustainability courses once.
  • The company or organisation 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 Eligible companies need to be a business entity that is registered or incorporated in Singapore.

2Trade Associations (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.

3The first series of Enterprise Sustainability Programme – Sustainability Courses is offered by Global Compact Network Singapore, PwC Singapore, and Singapore Environment Council. You may refer here for the list of courses under the series.

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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