Module 10 of the EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst Programme (CESGA) is expanding. The body of the programme already extensively covers European ESG issues and information on ESG developments in the APAC region was included in the latest materials update in Module 10 with information on markets in Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. This was very well received by financial practitioners so we hope the information on ESG developments in North America and Latin America to be added at the end of the summer will be just as popular.
In March 2022, Dr. Donato Calace was selected to design and teach the ESG trends in North America module for the EFFAS CESGA certification. The module will cover key developments in the burgeoning ESG industry in Canada and the United States, exploring in detail the recent US SEC proposal on climate-related disclosures, the revision of the fund name rule, as well as the Canada Transition Taxonomy and mandatory climate-related reporting in Canada.
Dr Calace is the Vice President of Innovation and Accounts at Datamaran. He contributes to global innovation projects for the firm and heads the business development and account strategy. He speaks frequently at expert-conferences worldwide and is invited as guest lecturer in top business schools such as London Business School.
In 2019 he participated in the European Commission DG FISMA expert session on materiality. He is a member of the EFRAG Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities and linkage to the business model and from 2021 a member of the EFRAG Working Group reviewing the EU Sustainability Reporting Standards. He is Co-Chair with Prof. Riccardo Stacchezzini of the working group on Operationalizing Materiality launched by the Organismo Italiano Business Reporting (OIBR). He is also a member of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Stakeholder Insights Group.
A passionate expert in his field, in June 2016, Donato was awarded a Ph.D. in the international program “The Economics and Management of Natural Resources” developed by the LUM Jean Monnet University – Italy, Megatrend University, Belgrade (Serbia), China Three Gorges University (CTGU – China), Louisiana Tech University (USA) and Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University (SPbSFTU – Russia). During his PhD and visiting period at Cass Business School, he focused on the relationship between non-financial disclosure and environmental performance; reporting and market value; national culture and non-financial risks reporting. His areas of expertise and research include materiality analysis, ESG integration, and risk management associated to non-financial issues. The results of his doctoral research are available here. He presented results of his studies in international conferences and published on scientific journals such as the International Journal of Sustainable Development, and specialized reviews such as Ethical Boardroom. His academic publications are listed here.