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Seminar Fee:           €120.00 (including VAT)

Date:                           26 October 2023

Time:                           10:00 – 13:30

Training Method: Live Online

Language:                 English

Instructor:               Nicole K. Phinopoulou

Registration:          Click “Take this Course” above to Register to this Course


Course Description

This course aims to develop understanding what is meant by ESG, Sustainable Finance, CSR and new CSRD.

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) has become an increasingly pivotal area of consideration for organizations in recent years. All large companies are expected to meet reporting requirements by investors, boards of directors, and increasingly by governments. The goal of managing ESG initiatives for public companies and SMEs after applicability of EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)[14/12/2022] is to ensure their long-term sustainability.

The shift to ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) priorities at the European level (through the EU Green Deal) and at the global level (through the UN’s sustainability strategy) is a reality that directly affects the financial services industry through the promotion of sustainable or green finance.

Having sound knowledge on ESG factors is becoming key in successful business and investment management. Today, financial market participants, bankers, assets and fund managers are constantly monitored by all stakeholders and investors have to and need to respond to a widening range of client ESG concerns.

These concerns are driven by rising awareness of the dangers of climate change, natural resource depletion and economic sustainability that are all reflected in a rapidly evolving regulatory framework (at least for EU countries).

Human and social issues include better education, improved living standards and other issues broadly grouped under social responsibility or inequality. Industry wide ESG metrics, benchmarks and ratings as well as regulatory considerations have become part of the investment decision-making process.

What are the benefits? – Stay one step ahead your competitors

1. Be up to date with the upcoming legal changes in order to have a clear understanding of how your organisation may be affected;
2. Enhance your knowledge and develop your skills to be able to fully comply with the amended legal framework;
3. General guidance and considerations in order to improve your ability to update your policies, procedures, business plan and goals, in line with the amendments introduced by the new legal framework;
4. Increase your ability to respond effectively to the legal changes and to facilitate implementation of the new requirements which may be applicable to your organisation.

Topics covered

The course is split into the following sections:

Section 1: General: ESG and the New Growth Drivers

  • The ESG Factors and the Strategy Implications
  • ESG and Corporate Practices (Governance): Growth development model
  • ESG, Sustainability & Fundraising
  • The Board of Directors and how it relates to ESG, Sustainability & Growth and Investors
  • Sustainable Finance Financial Management and its importance for the Companies Growth and Bankability Finance, EU Funding and the EU Green Deal
  • Decision Making: Improving the Corporate Practices of Reporting as per new CSRD reporting obligations
  • Social Responsibility and Accountability due to new Reporting Obligations – EU CSRD
  • Record Keeping and data protection
  • Stakeholders and Investor decisions incorporating the ESG factors

Section 2: Corporate Governance and New CSRD Directive course will cover the following: (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD))

  • Background to the CSRD
  • Reminder of the framework of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD)
  • Reminder of the impact of the EU Taxonomy Regulation on non-financial reporting
  • Who is covered and by when?
  • What is covered?
  • Reporting requirements
  • The 13 reporting standards
  • Reporting requirements for SMEs
  • Comparison reporting requirements NFRD / CSRD
  • Assurances & digital tagging

Course Duration:

This course will be presented Live Online on 26 October 2023 at 10:00 – 13:30. The Course duration is 3 hours.

The course is addressed to:

This course is addressed to all individuals who would like to learn, understand, enhance their knowledge and develop their skills on the concept of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), Sustainable Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and New Corporate Sustainability Reporting Obligations (CSRD), such as:

  • Auditors
  • Credit Institutions
  • Lenders
  • Borrowers
  • Young entrepreneurs
  • Lawyers
  • Financial advisors
  • Finance Market Participants
  • Asset/ Fund Managers
  • Financial institutions
  • Supervised entities/persons

Training Method:

Live Online

A Certificate of Completion of the Course shall be issued and send to participants after the Course is completed.

Registration and Access:

To register to this course, click “Take this Course” above to pay online and register. After your registration, you will receive an email with information for the Live Online presentation of the Course.

If you wish to receive an invoice instead of paying online, please contact us at 25755911 or send us an email at


Nicole K. Phinopoulou
LL.B (Hons), LL.M (UCL), LPC, CISL, University of Cambridge
Lawyer, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets & Financial Services Laws,
Corporate Governance & Regulatory Compliance
Certified ESG, Sustainability Policies, Sustainable Finance Expert
Accredited Qualified Vocational Trainer (Human Resources Development Authority (Cyprus HRDA)).

Ms. Phinopoulou, a qualified lawyer, with over 20 years professional expertise and qualifications in Company Corporate, Banking and Financial Services Laws (Project Finance and Infrastructure). Nicole embraces enhanced practical knowledge and enhanced specialisation in Corporate Sustainability Responsibility and Regulatory Compliance including on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs). Holder of Degree in Law (LL.B(2:1) from University of Leicester, Masters of Law (Corporate and Commercial Law) L.L.M of University College London (UCL) and of professional Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice Course (LPC) awarded by City University (London)(2003).

Ms. Phinopoulou is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI), Graduate of the Cambridge University Judge Business School (Circular Economy) and as from 2020 she is a Member of the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership focusing on matters of Sustainable Finance & Sustainability Strategies. On September 2022 was accredited by Human Resource Development Authority (Cyprus HRDA) as Vocational and Professional Training Trainer (SEP/CYQF/EQF5 (HRDA -EU project).

She served as independent Director at Board Council of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) (2016-2018) and at the Council of University of Cyprus (2019-2021). Since 2003 she is a registered member of the Cyprus Bar Association actively participating at the Companies, Tax Planning and Capital Markets Committee and for period 2015-2020 acted as nominated representative of the Cyprus Bar Association at the National Parliament. Founding member of the Cyprus Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Association (CSR Cyprus) (2015) ( and BOD Secretary of the Foundation of Special Integrated Home Adults Mental Incapacity (Ε.Ο.Μ) (1993) (


Η κα. Φινοπούλου, δικηγόρος, έχει πέραν των 20+ χρόνων εμπειρίας στο Εταιρικό, Τραπεζικό και Χρηματοοικονομικό Δίκαιο (Δημοσιονομικό Δίκαιο και Χρηματοδότησης Μεγάλων Έργων Υποδομής). Παράλληλα έχει ειδικευτεί στην εφαρμογή Εταιρικής Κανονιστικής Συμμόρφωσης και σε προγράμματα επίτευξης Στόχων Βιώσιμης Ανάπτυξης. Κατέχει πτυχίο νομικής από το Leicester University και LL.M (Masters of Law) στο Εταιρικό και Εμπορικό Δίκαιο από το University College London (UCL). Είναι κάτοχος του επαγγελματικού τίτλου Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice Course (LPC) City University (London) και Affiliate Member του Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI). Είναι απόφοιτος του Cambridge University Judge Business School (Circular Economy) και από το 2020 είναι μέλος του Institute for Sustainability Leadership (University of Cambridge) σε θέματα Sustainable Finance & Sustainability Strategies. Τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2022 πιστοποιήθηκε από την Αρχή Ανάπτυξης Ανθρώπινου Δυναμικού (ΑνΑΔ) ως Εκπαιδευτής Επαγγελματικής Κατάρτισης (Accredited Vocational Training the Trainer (SEP/CYQF/EQF5 (HRDA -EU project).

Διετέλεσε ανεξάρτητο μέλος του Συμβουλίου της Επιτροπής Κεφαλαιαγοράς και του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου. Από το 2003 είναι ενεργό μέλος του Παγκύπριου Δικηγορικού Συλλόγου, συμμετέχοντας στην Επιτροπή Εταιρειών, Κεφαλαιαγοράς και Φορολογικού Σχεδιασμού. Την περίοδο 2015-2020 εκπροσωπούσε τον Παγκύπριο Δικηγορικό Σύλλογο στη Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων. Είναι ιδρυτικό μέλος, του Cyprus Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Association (CSR Cyprus- πλέον CSRD Cyprus(2015) (; μέλος και δικηγόρος της AIPFE Women in Europe (Κύπρος)(2008) και γραμματέας του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου του μη-κερδοσκοπικού Ιδρύματος Ενταγμένων Οικιστικών Μονάδων (Ε.Ο.Μ) (1993) (

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