First Step to Corporate Responsibility

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In the 21st century, we are starting to feel the ramifications of our linear economy where we take, make, use and dispose, draining our planet of valuable natural resources and polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live in, threatening entire habitats and driving entire species to extinction, as well as causing the increase in coronaviruses that transfer from animals to humans that wouldn’t normally interact.

 

Although the reason to care about the environment and society may be clear, for businesses that operate predominantly to create revenue and profit, the question always remains is it worth it? What is in it for me?

 

This session will guide corporations to understand corporate sustainability, what it means and entails, and understand the real value it can bring to a business as a fundamental element for success and to secure longevity.

Skills You will Acquire

Business case for sustainability, international sustainability principles ( UN Global Compact principles, UN Sustainable Development Goals), overview of sustainability reporting (GRI & SASB), types of sustainability governance, overview how to set sustainability strategy, goals, & KPIs (materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement)

  • Business case for sustainability
  • International sustainability principles ( UN Global Compact principles, UN Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Overview of sustainability reporting (GRI & SASB)
  • Types of sustainability governance
  • Overview how to set sustainability strategy, goals, & KPIs (materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement)

Who Should Attend

Sustainability is a complex topic that touches every aspect of business and involves multiple functions within an organization. Members from different roles and levels of experience can benefit from the comprehensive knowledge in this area:

  • Business owners, CEOs & Board of Directors
  • Senior Management (President, VP, Directors, Senior Managers, etc.)
  • Experienced professionals in general management, operations management, process improvement, human resources, marketing, product management, brand management, strategic account management and sales professionals

Duration

Duration
1 Day (or 2 half days)

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Corporate Sustainability

Module 2: Building the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability

Module 3: Setting Governance & Sustainability Strategy

Module 4: Reporting & Communicating Sustainability Progress

Dates

Dates
TBD

Program

Module 1: Understanding Corporate Sustainability

  • Define corporate sustainability
  • Understand core sustainability concepts

Module 2: Building the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability

  • Clarify the business value from committing to:
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Social responsibility
  • Understand the important role of sustainability in:
    • HR
    • Sales
    • Marketing

Module 3: Setting Governance & Sustainability Strategy

    • Clarify role of governance in sustainability success
    • Review sustainability strategy development requirements & steps
    • Materiality assessment
    • takeholder engagement

Module 4: Reporting & Communicating Sustainability Progress

    • Understand why reporting progress is critical
    • Learn about the different reporting standards
    • Define greenwashing & how to avoid it in sustainability communications

Presenter

Gacia Apikian, Sustainability Strategy & Governance Manager

Gacia Apikian is a purposeful executive with over 10 years’ experience in sustainability strategy development, management, and reporting, as well as corporate communications and marketing strategy and content development. Certified in Sustainable Business Strategy and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), she is driven to help organizations set sustainability as a strategic priority to support value-creation through environmental and social responsibility.

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