Work While You Learn

The Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability is a blended learning program that allows you to work full time while earning your Graduate Diploma.

The program consists of a total of eleven (11) day and evening sessions over a period of one year, plus distance education through a leading Learning Management System, meetings/teleconferences with your Mentor Group, and Best Practice Webinars every two weeks. The face-to-face sessions occur on the University of St. Michael's College campus in the University of Toronto. These sessions occur over three modules as outlined below.

Information Session on Business Case & Application Process 

Module 1

3 days in October on the University of Toronto campus

Foundations of CSR, Sustainability, ESG:

  • State of Sustainability, CSR, ESG
  • Company-level and Project - level business case 
  • Sustainability assessment frameworks
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioners as Change Agents
  • Building Mindfulness, Meditation and Reflection into your Practice
  • ExperienceChange™ Change Management Business Simulation and Transitional Pathways - Three Horizon Model (Group Case)
  • Innovation and Building Business Models for Social Responsibility & Sustainability (Group Case)
  • Transitional Leadership Competencies and Practice
  • Introduction to Truth and Reconciliation - Kairos Blanket Exercise
  • Understanding Context and Systems - Slow Knowledge and Reflection

Experiential Work between Sessions:

  • Work with Mentor/Instructor on Capstone
  • Assignment 1: CSR, Sustainability, ESG Book Review
  • Assignment: Capstone Project Proposal 
  • Monthly Alumni Webcasts and Readings
    • Prior to Module 1
      • Embedding Project
      • Volunteerism for Engagement & Community Investment
      • Business Case - ROI Tool (Pre-Work for October)
      • Intrapreneurship
    • Post Module 1 & Prior to Module 2
      • Stakeholder Engagement
      • Understanding ESG & how it is different from CSR & Sustainability
      • Understanding the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures
      • Understanding SASB and Integrated Reporting
      • Understanding IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards (in progress) including: General Sustainability-related Disclosures and Climate-related Disclosures
      • Reporting Best Practices (Annual Report by The Works Design)
      • Anti-Corruption & Human Rights
      • Strategy Development (Strategy Assessment Pre-Work for May)
      • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (Benchmark Pre-Work for May)
      • Leadership and Climate Change Group Projects and Dialogues
  • Preparation for the next Module on the Learning Management System
  • Journaling and Reflection

Module 2

5 days in May on the University of Toronto campus

Deconstructing CSR, Sustainability, ESG:

  • Developing Strategy and Embedding CSR/Sustainability/ESG
  • Examining Credible Goals 
  • Materiality Methods and Approaches for Opportunity and Risk Management & Reporting
  • En-Roads Climate Solutions Simulation
  • Ethical Behaviour, Tools (Codes of Conduct etc.) and Giving Voice to Values
  • Inclusion, Diversity Equity & Accessibility and Panel
  • Building Mindfulness, Meditation and Reflection into your Practice
  • Transitional Leadership Check In
  • Community Investment, Corporate Partnerships, Measurement & Reporting and Panel
  • Metrics & Reporting ESG, CSR, Sustainability and Panel
  • ESG & Sustainability Ranking and Ratings

Experiential Work between Sessions:

  • Assignment 2: Option of 1. B Corp or Embedding Gap Assessment, 2. Various Accreditations 3. Participant Hosted Webinar, 4. Conference Reflection Elective
  • Capstone Project Work (due September)
  • 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Course - Reconciliation Education with Deloitte
  • Best Practice Webcasts and Readings
    • Supply Chain Sustainability
    • Participant Hosted Webinar (Option for Assignment 2)
  • Preparation for Next Module on the Learning Management System
  • Journaling and Reflection

Module 3

3 days in November on the University of Toronto campus, plus Convocation on Saturday

Integrating CSR, Sustainability, ESG:

  • Indigenous Perspectives and Reconciliation for ESG, Sustainability & CSR
  • Progressive Aboriginal Relations, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Governance: Implications for ESG, CSR and Sustainability and Panel
  • Your Transitional Leadership Journey ESG, CSR/Sustainability and Panel
  • Building Mindfulness, Meditation and Reflection into your Practice
  • Novel Study - Application of ESG, CSR, Sustainability
  • President's Capstone Award Nominee Presentations and Awards
  • (Optional Day 4) University of St. Michael's College at University of Toronto, Grad. Diploma in SR&S Convocation Ceremony and Reception

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