Overview

Work While You Learn

The Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability is a blended learning program that allows you to work full time while earning your graduate certificate.

The program consists of a total of eleven (11) day and evening sessions over a period of one year, plus distance education through teleconferences with your Mentor Group, the Learning Management System and participation in monthly Best Practice Webinars. 

Module 1

3 days in October on the University of Toronto campus
(Toronto)

Foundations of CSR and Sustainability:

  • Making the Real Business Case for CSR & Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Global Standards for CSR & Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioners as Change Agents
  • ExperienceChange™ Change Management Business Simulation
  • Redefining Corporate Purpose, Innovating and Creating Shared Value
  • CSR & Sustainability Professionals as Intrapreneurs
  • Integrating Values & Ethics into Business
  • Understanding Context and Systems - Slow Knowledge and Reflection

Experiential Work between Sessions:

  • CSR & Sustainability Book Review
  • Capstone Project Proposal
  • Monthly Alumni Webinars and Readings
  • Preparation for next Module on Learning Management System
  • Journaling and Reflection

Module 2

5 days in May on the University of Toronto campus
(Toronto)

Deconstructing CSR and Sustainability:

  • Developing Strategy and Embedding CSR/Sustainability
  • Making Environmental Sustainability Connections 
  • Ethical Behaviour and Fair Operating Practices
  • Respect for Human Rights (including Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Community Investment & Corporate Partnerships
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Employee Engagement Practices
  • Metrics, Materiality & Reporting CSR/Sustainability
  • Communicating Sustainability & CSR 
  • Global Legal and Financial Dimensions of CSR and Sustainability

Experiential Work between Sessions:

  • CSR/Sustainability Assignment (Gap Assessment, ISSP Certificate Prep., Elective)
  • Company Capstone Project Work
  • Best Practice Webinars and Readings
  • Preparation for Next Module on Learning Management System
  • Journaling and Reflection

Module 3

3 days in November on University of Toronto campus
(Toronto)

Integrating CSR and Sustainability:

  • Indigenous Perspectives for Sustainability & CSR
  • Governance: Implications for CSR and Sustainability
  • Leadership: Rules of Thumb for CSR/Sustainability Champions
  • Student Capstone Project Presentations
  • University of Toronto Convocation 

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