Learning Outline: 2018-2019

Module 1 – Foundational Principles of CSR/Sustainability, October, 2018 (Wednesday to Friday)

On St. Michael's campus in mid town Toronto

Module 2 – The Elements of CSR/Sustainability, May, 2019 (Monday to Friday)

(begins Monday at 8:30 a.m. to Friday at 5:00 p.m.) – on St. Michael's campus in Toronto.

Topic Faculty member/guest speaker
Strategy & Embedding James Field
Ethics and Human Rights Dr. Leonard Brooks
Stakeholder Engagement Cathy Gallagher Louisy & Business Speaker
Community Investment Peggie Pelosi
Environmental Sustainability Kathryn Cooper & Guest Speaker
Reporting, Metrics, Communication Wes Gee
Co-ordinator and Discussion Leader: Dr. Mimi Marrocco

Module 3 – Bringing it all together, November, 2019 (Wednesday to Friday)

Early November (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED) – This session will be followed by University Convocation on the Saturday. (N.B. This date is determined following the setting of the date of Convocation)

Assessments and Evaluation

The Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability is a professional certificate program regulated by the Senate of the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. The program is aligned with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals so that individuals may write the ISSP Sustainability Associate exam.
Candidates are assessed on a PASS/FAIL basis, but can receive a letter or percent grade if they wish. Participants are evaluated through a number of assessments to ensure that knowledge and skill transfer has occurred. Attendance at the three face to face sessions is mandatory for graduation.
The following elements make up the proposed assessments for the program.

Grading System


A- to A+ 80 -100

B- to B+ 70- 79

Fail 0-69

  • All work will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis, however, participants can ask for a number grade and the online system will track participant progress.
  • Participants are given the opportunity to rewrite assignments that do not meet the standard.

The following workload should relate to approximately 2 to 3 hours per week. This workload is shiftable, in that some weeks the student may do minimal work with others they may choose to do more in order to complete the program requirements.




Preparation Module 1: Aug to October


October, 2018

Capstone Project

  • Proposal
  • Project
  • Presentation




Proposal: Dec. 31, 2018

Project: Sept. 15, 2019 (Grades Required by Se. 22, 2019)

Presentation: Nov., 2018

Assignment 1 Book Review


Feb. 1, 2019

Preparation Module 2: Nov to May


May 2, 2019

Assignment 2 Options

  • Sustainability/CSR Gap Assessment & Reflection OR
  • Best Practice/Learning Share Webinar and Post OR
  • ISSP Concept Modules (5)


May 31, 2019

Preparation Module 3:


Nov., 2019