Sustainability & CSR Essentials
Drawing on global frameworks such as the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility, this module will explore concepts in accountability, sustainability and corporate responsibility; explain the architecture of global CR standards and frameworks; and help you use them to develop your business case and put it into practice.
- Sustainability and CSR concepts, and the link to accountability
- Building the business case for CSR / Sustainability
- Trends and recent developments in CSR / Sustainability
“Better understanding of the CSR process and how it all fits together.”
“Put into context CSR and how it applies to my organization and Job. Made me think about what I can do internally to improve sustainable development.”
“Broad scope, passion of the facilitators. Facilitators obviously familiar with the subject and able to deliver with a touch of humour.”
Stakeholder engagement is at the core of sustainability / CSR, where the rationale for effective stakeholder engagement ranges from avoiding crisis and risk, to embracing opportunities and innovation. Drawing on the most recent research and practical experiences in stakeholder engagement, this module will focus on developing high-quality stakeholder engagement experiences by providing practical guidance and the means to identify, implement and assess quality engagement.
- Benefits of stakeholder engagement in sustainability
- Spectrum of engagement
- Using the Stakeholder Engagement Standard and SE Manual to improve engagement
- Approaches for stakeholder identification and mapping
- Appropriate stakeholder engagement techniques
“Highly relevant to what we do. Will help me better communicate what stakeholder engagement means.”
“Excellent facilitation! Variety of techniques is a plus.”
“A lot of new ideas on how our consultation processes can be improved. A very good tool to assess when to engage and not to engage.”
Reporting & Assurance
Value-added sustainability reporting is more than public relations. It is an accountability and management tool that actually drives performance improvement. Participants will learn to recognize characteristics of accountable sustainability reports. The focus of this module is how to apply the GRI Framework to sustainability reporting to create value for both internal and external stakeholders. It will also include other reporting developments such as integrated reporting and the use of assurance. During this module, participants will gain experience in using the materiality principle and will have ample opportunity to share experiences and learn from a variety of published reports.
- The characteristics of effective sustainability reporting
- Reporting trends and developments, including Integrated Reporting and SASB
- Applying the GRI guidelines, including transition to GRI standards
- Materiality: links to risk and stakeholder engagement
- Choosing the right assurance
“Definitely valuable. I’ve already put in suggestions for our next report”
“The way the GRI was presented and the exercises around it were incredibly useful!”
“Mini materiality was a great exercise for learning.”
Integrating & Embedding CSR/Sustainability
It is a sign of the evolution of the CSR/sustainability field that people are asking deeper questions such as how do we make this stick in our organization? How do we avoid silo thinking? How do we ensure that it is practised throughout our organization? This module responds to past participant requests for help with integrating sustainability and embedding it in organizational governance, strategy, management, culture, and reporting. This module is heavy on practical examples and will challenge participants to think in an integrated way.
- What does integration look like?
- Embedding sustainability throughout the business
- Embedding sustainability in governance
- Sustainability strategy or business strategy?
- Embedding sustainability through systems
- The role of culture in embedding sustainability
- Integrating business and sustainability reporting
“I liked the case studies, especially current examples and how business models differed.”
“Great to see a course on this topic.”
“The discussions were very intriguing.”
Applied Case Study
Participants who choose the Master Class option will get an extra day of hands on application. Participants will prepare by reading about their case study organization on line. On the morning of the course they will meet the case study organization to receive their challenge and get extra information. They will work in teams throughout the day using the knowledge and skills they developed through Modules 1-4. At the end of the day they will present to a panel of judges which will include the case study organization and sustainability experts, for constructive feedback. A great way to round out your week of learning
“Really helps to pull everything together.”
“Excellent cas pratique qui permet de faire le tour des sujets présentés.”