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Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility        
Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness Module Series
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Fundamentals
On Demand
Course No.:
7 hours
Credits: 7 PDUs / 0.7 CEUs

Optional Reading: Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future

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Achieve Clarity and Commit to the Sustainability Challenge
Foundational Understanding of What’s at Stake

About the Module
The world is changing at an alarming rate, and the impacts these changes are creating now and for our futures is unparalleled.  If organizations want to remain in business—even just for the short term, they must create some internal paradigm shifts and practice business differently.  This webinar is an introduction to how to start thinking about those shifts and practices.  We describe the concepts, research, tools and techniques for you need to begin to take action.  This session also presents case studies of leading companies that have become Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness leaders, providing learners with prototypes of organizations that are remaining profitable, while creating sustainable global impacts.

After attending this webinar, participants will have a clear understanding of the concept of sustainability and corporate consciousness (SCC), which can lead to prosperous results for both the company and the world.

What You Will Learn
In this one-hour session participants will learn: 

  • What sustainability and corporate consciousness (SCC) is and is not about
  • How the SEEE™ Model was created to identify and help analyze global organizational impacts across Social, Economic, Environmental, and Ethical categories
  • Which organizational risks are seen by today’s leaders as critical now and in the future
  • Which strategic approaches today’s leaders are successfully practicing
  • How leading companies have created specific sustainability action plans aligned with their products and operations
  • How sustainable companies are remaining profitable and thriving, in both revenue and reputation

Find the Courage to Lead Toward Sustainable Impacts
Embracing Adaptive Change in Sustainability Leadership

About the Module
The world has changed.  Business has changed.   And they will both evolve endlessly.  But if we continue to see leadership in the same ways we always have, and expect the same business-as-usual characteristics of our leaders, we will all be set up for failure.  Whether we are examining the work of business, social, or personal communities, we must change how we see and demonstrate leadership.  If we want to succeed and create long term sustainable impacts, we must find new ways to guide our stakeholders.  Heeding this wake up call for different leadership means embracing specific skills and principles, and having the guts to continually act with them.

After attending this webinar, participants will gain a fresh perspective on the characteristics of leaders who can make a difference.  Learners will understand the realities and critical principles needed to create sustainable impacts, adoptable at any and every level of an organization.

What You Will Learn
In this one-hour session participants will learn: 

  • Why it is imperative to grow a new, more rigorous perspective on leadership
  • Why it is important to discriminate between leaders with static, narrow thinking vs. flexible, big picture thinking
  • How exemplary leaders in many contexts are making sustainable impacts
  • What the characteristics are of the new leaders we need
  • How to transform into a new kind of leader

Going Full Circle?  Sustainability through a Circular Economy
Rethinking the Way We Work and Live

About the Module
The realities of a linear economy have been with us so long that most of us do not even realize how destructive it is to both our environment and our economy.  Its “Take, Make, Dispose” paradigm makes the linear economy so insidious. This webinar will introduce a replacement model, called the Circular Economy (CE), which is based upon nature’s own example.  Instead of taking more and more natural resources, the CE model looks for alternatives and renewables.  Rather than making products that produce great amounts of process waste, the CE model looks for reuse opportunities and/or a return to nature.  When products are no longer useful, as an alternative to disposing, the CE model urges the manufacturer / service provider to own the responsibility for moving to a zero waste system.  We will present the what, why, and how of “going full circle.”  So join us to start your own journey.

After attending this webinar, participants will be better equipped to recognize the threats associated with working in a linear economy versus the opportunities inherent in moving to a circular economy-based business model.

What You Will Learn
In this one-hour session participants will learn: 

  • Why moving to a circular economy-based business model is not just a good idea, but a prerequisite for business survival
  • How the circular economy model works to improve profitability and reduce risks to both the organization and the planet
  • Which steps are needed to quickly and efficiently move an organization toward a circular economy model

Creating a Sustainable Value Chain
Strengthening Brand Value through Best Practices

About the Module
Today’s global changes, and the ones already predicted for the future, pose major threats to the world and to organizations.  Our businesses’ value chains are the end-to-end networks that span from our upstream resources to our downstream distributors and customers.  We are all critically at risk, if we don’t change our perspectives on what it means to take responsibility for the cumulative impacts.  There are, however, many innovative leaders who have become industry mavericks, initiating incredible changes in their practices, and creating tremendous brand value while also creating significant sustainable impacts.  By studying what they’ve done, and the five-step process they’ve used, we can foster similar results. 

After attending this webinar, participants will understand the global rationale and business case for seeing and taking value chain responsibility differently.  Learners will have a roadmap for ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of the business.

What You Will Learn
In this one-hour session participants will learn: 

  • How to see deeper relationships amongst contributors to the value chain
  • Why changing perspectives from legacy to sustainable thinking is critical
  • Why today’s broader range of stakeholders affect metrics for business success
  • How innovative leaders are creating significant global and industry impacts by initiating new value chain practices
  • How to identify, engage, hold accountable, and invest in stakeholders in a way that strengthens the brand and its future

Surviving in an Uncertain Future
Adaptive Foresight as a Critical Competency

About the Module
Strategic uncertainty is a condition that organizations, executives, and all of the rest of us have been dealing with for as long as we have been involved in business and industry.  So now that we have your attention, what’s different now? Well, it has to do with the pace and magnitude of the changes we are facing.  And even more importantly, it concerns the fact that failing to successfully navigate that uncertainty is not just a threat to our organizational survival, but also to the survival of life as we know it.  So what can you do, especially if you are not an executive who has the power and authority to implement strategic changes?  Join us to find out how thinking, speaking, and acting with a fresh lens on uncertainty, can help build an organizational competency called Adaptive Foresight – and how this competency can mean the difference between merely surviving and thriving in the years to come.

After attending this webinar, participants will be better equipped to recognize the challenges of an uncertain future. And, in doing so, they will be able to articulate the importance of learning/promoting the mindset, processes, and skills for overcoming the challenges en route to a sustainable strategy.

What You Will Learn
In this one-hour session participants will learn: 

  • Why an integrated sustainability strategy is a critical component of any organization’s efforts to, not just survive, but thrive in the current environment of rapid change and its inevitable uncertainty
  • How to successfully navigate that uncertainty by building a competency called Adaptive Foresight, based on scenario planning and enterprise risk management
  • What we can do, at any level, to start the wheels turning toward the realization of a sustainable future, for ourselves, our organizations, our planet
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