Governance, risk management and strategic direction

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Assessing your position when it comes to climate change and sustainability is just the first part of becoming a sustainable business. Ernst and Young's CCaSS services can help you to identify your position, assess and implement your climate change and sustainability strategy. We are able to assist your business to conceptualise and develop appropriate environmental and sustainability management and reporting frameworks. In addition we can provide advice on various aspects of corporate governance (in terms of King III), the Companies Act, Broad based Black Economic Empowerment and other relevant laws and regulations, to ensure that you are in compliance with these requirements.

Corporate governance systems development and assessment

- Benchmark, review or audit corporate governance processes and systems
- Advise on the effectiveness of corporate governance protocols
- Facilitate board performance evaluations
- Advise on appropriate board remuneration strategies
- Provide assurance on compliance with Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment scorecards

Sustainability strategy assessment and implementation

- Support the development of sustainability strategy through establishing overall strategy governance structure, measurement frameworks and external engagement activities
- Assess and/or help implement sustainability accountability and stakeholder engagement, framework, processes and policies
- Advise on procedures for ensuring accountability for sustainability targets throughout organisation, including executive leadership buy-in and for measuring progress made against short and medium term targets
- Can the market economy function without environmental transparency?
- Water resources at the corporate level
- Preparing for water scarcity.
- How sustainability has expanded the CFO's role
- The state of responsible investment in South Africa
- Why don't you like me?

Climate change readiness review

- Identify, assess and prioritize key climate change business risks and opportunities across the organisation
- Benchmark against peers within and across industry and identify leading practices that can be implemented
- Undertake climate change risk assessments that consider future scenarios and the subsequent exposure of assets
- Assess preparedness for responding to the impacts of climate change, including misalignments, challenges, and improvement opportunities

Climate change strategy assessment and implementation

- Support the development of climate change strategy through establishing overall strategy governance structure, measurement frameworks and external engagement activities
- Assess and/or help implement climate change accountability and stakeholder engagement, framework, processes and policies
- Advise on procedures for ensuring accountability for climate change targets throughout organisation, including executive leadership buy-in and for measuring progress made against short and medium term targets

Internal audit and risk services

- Establish and execute an independent internal audit programme covering climate change and sustainability risks and controls
- Evaluate internal controls over key climate change and sustainability business risks, including execution of internal audit
- Help management to understand processes for climate change and sustainability transformation, the risks inherent within the processes that could cause objectives to not be met, and test the controls in place to mitigate those risks
- Identify gaps in climate change and sustainability control design and/or operating effectiveness and provide recommendations to management on how to address the gaps

Environmental management services

- Building and auditing your environmental management system
- Environmental due diligence

Compliance, investigations and dispute services

- Develop strategies to pre-empt, manage and resolve the risks of business conflict that can emerge across organisations in relation to climate change or sustainability issues
- Assist in investigating alleged misconduct, or risk of, fraud or noncompliance with climate change regulation, including assisting with obtaining substantive support for, and documentation of, environmental issues though analysis and investigations