*Early bird discount available through November 22nd, 2019.
In today’s volatile, complex, and uncertain world, it is crucial for businesses to understand key environmental as well as societal risks and opportunities. Both demand successful management by business leaders in order to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and create value for their firm and society.
Taught by Professor Tensie Whelan, this 14-week course provides participants with the ability to help their business be a force for change through ESG (environment, social, and governance) investing, sustainable supply chain management, employee and consumer engagement, sustainability marketing, and more. With companies facing greater demands for transparency, societal challenges such as poverty and inequity as well as natural resource constraints like less available water and a warmer climate, these skills are critical to the future of business and society.
Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Issues and ResearchBecome familiar with the key environmental and social issues affecting business today including the latest consumer insight research on sustainability
Transformation of Corporate Response to SustainabilityUnderstand the evolution of corporate response — from compliance to engagement to innovation — including innovations in finance
Leadership Skills in a Volatile WorldDevelop the skills required for leading in the new social and political environment and explore the efficiencies and innovations in development by corporate leaders in pursuit of sustainability
Who Should Attend
Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for participants who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
Years of ExperienceParticipants with all levels of work experience are welcome to attend
Job FunctionsIdeal for any job function
PrerequisitesIntended for individuals with a genuine interest in corporate sustainability; additionally, students must have a desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection
The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.
- Sustainability for Corporate Advantage
- Unsustainable Corporate Practices
- Webinar 1
- Environmental and Social Trends
- Materiality and Stakeholder Mapping
- Webinar 2
- Sustainability Standards
- Supply Chains
- Webinar 3
- Final Project Outline Due
- Systems Thinking & The Circular Economy
- Webinar 4
- Customers and Sustainability
- Employees and Sustainability
- Webinar 5
- Building a Business Case for Sustainability
- Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance
- Webinar 6
- Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Investing
- Net Positive Future
- Webinar 7
- Final Project Due
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