Social Responsibility & Sustainability Graduate Diploma

Apply here for the 2023/24 Cohort, Second Intake Deadline May 31, 2023Join participants from Centamin Mining, BMO, Tru, Vermilion Energy, Stone Events, CIBC, Vilaseca Foundation (Ecuador), RBC, Providence, Northbridge Financial, Indspire, Fidelity, CEDEC and others. 

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Take your Career in Sustainability, ESG, Social Purpose & CSR to the next level

  • Gain hands-on, practical experience through your ESG/Sustainability/Social Impact Capstone Project.
  • Benefit from a 1:1, 12 month Mentorship with a uniquely matched Practitioner & Thought Leader in ESG, Sustainability, & Social Responsibility.
  • Learn through a Blended, 11 day In-Person and 28 day (equivalent) On-line discussions, lectures & group cases  with ESG, Sustainability, Social Impact Practitioners and Thought Leaders.
  • Become part of a prestigious international changemaker community; 20 years in the making.
  • Work while you learn over a 16-month program; while making an impact with ongoing support of peers and practitioners.
  • Receive a recognized, professional, Post-Graduate University Credential with post-nominal letters (G.Dipl.SR&S) from a University with "Social Purpose" at its core.
Make your Career your Calling....

Check out the 2023 Program Overview, Testimonials & Program Philosophy

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 Business Case, Faculty, Application Process & Q&A

 Student Testimonial 

 Trish Tervit, 2022 Graduate

Program Philosophy

ESG, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility are common terms in this field:  ESG is a subset of the field of Social Responsibility and Sustainability.  ESG focuses on the "financially material" Environmental, Social and Governance issues that impact an organization.  It focuses on the financial impact these external factors have on a company.  Social Responsibility and Sustainability focus on both how external factors "financially" impact a company and how a company might impact the Environment, Social and Economic systems of the world around it.  In Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Social Purpose is at the core of the strategy.

Other terms include:  Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Innovation, Social Purpose and Social Innovation. Community Investment is a field within Social Responsibility and Sustainability.


Windmill Microlending Financial Support for Newcomer & Refugee Accreditation

Funding for Newcomers and Refugees -  Windmill Microlending, Canada's only national charity providing financial support to new Canadians to achieve their accreditation, licensing, and professional development goals can provide funding for the Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability. 

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Award for Indigenous Students, Indspire Partnership

Funding for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students - Indspire & USMC have partnered to provide financial support for Indigenous Students taking this program. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

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Ron Knowles Bursary Award Announced

Today David Sylvester, President, University of St. Michael's College announced the establishment of the Ron Knowles Bursary Award, in memory of the late Ron Knowles, a beloved Mentor to students in the Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability. 

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