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EHSAC Webinar: Integrating Sustainability and Enterprise Risk through the Audit Function

February 6, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

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The increasing awareness of potential business impacts from environmental, social and governance issues such as climate change, natural resource constraints, human rights violations, corruption and ethics mismanagement, is leading to a reevaluation of business risk. Looking at sustainability from a business perspective requires a systems approach, focused on strategic, operational, regulatory and reputational risk. Aligning risk management practices to adequately address sustainability risks involves more than just verifying the accuracy of external non-financial disclosures. Auditors need to also assess governance structure effectiveness; strategic alignment; risk management processes; and the appropriateness of selected metrics and targets.

Learning Objectives

  • Review sustainability trends impacting business risk and driving the integration of sustainability and enterprise risk. 
    Understand importance of external context and the selection of appropriate criteria, processes, and frameworks used to measure sustainability.
  • Identify opportunities to expand review of environmental, social and governance issues to cross functional segments of the organization, e.g., facilities management, supply chain, product stewardship, public and government relations, and human resources.
  • Learn how to frame board-relevant sustainability audit findings, in terms of the organization’s ability to meet strategic objectives and protect and enhance tangible and intangible assets.

Course Duration: 1 hour
CPEs Available: 1
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Management Services
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Internet Group Live


The IIA's Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Center is pleased to offer this course to IIA members for $45.


Karen LutzKaren Lutz
Sustainability Director, TRC
Karen Lutz is an environmental and sustainability consultant with TRC Solutions, with 30 years’ experience.  Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Karen’s areas of expertise include sustainability advising, compliance assurance services, and environmental management systems.  As TRC’s Sustainability Director, Karen leads the corporate sustainability initiative, focusing on market facing services, integration of sustainability into TRC’s business systems, and internal and external communications and reporting (GRI, CDP, etc).  Karen engages with clients and advises on strategy, systems and structures for their environmental management and sustainability initiatives.  She has developed environmental risk management programs for clients and leads management system and sustainability strategy facilitation efforts with a focus on linking environmental initiatives to overall business objectives and developing workable solutions to bridge environmental, sustainability, and business goals.