Available courses

The topic for 2018 is on: “Communicating sustainable development & reporting to stakeholders”. Communications plays a vital part in any sustainability strategy. If a company doesn’t communicate ambition and processes internally, it may not be able to implement the change necessary to make the organization more sustainable by mobilizing your employees to drive the changes needed for success. If a company doesn’t communicate its strategies, activities and progress externally, to investors, customers, partners and the public, then it could be negatively impacted by an increasing number of environmentally and socially conscious investors and consumers as well as fall foul of increasing regulation and requirements.

The theme for 2019 is on: “Leading change: Embedding sustainable development in business decision-making”. Businesses are taking the lead in accelerating the transition to a sustainable world. By navigating risks and capturing transformative opportunities, sustainable companies are finding new growth, lowering their cost of capital and are becoming more successful. It’s critical for the next generation of leaders to understand the importance of sustainable development, integrating associated opportunities and risks into their core business strategy and decision-making.

The theme for 2020 is on: Strategy and innovation for sustainable development

When developing a strategy, innovation is key for futureproofing and adapting business models and/or product service offerings. In other words, innovation is critical for building a sustainable world. New technologies are unlocking unprecedented possibilities. However, new technology can also come with new challenges – especially in relation to human and social capital and the future of work.

The 2020 WBCSD Leadership Program 
will explore how companies are integrating human and social capital into their core business strategies and day to day decision-making. It will help participants to understand how cutting-edge companies use innovation to develop value-creating solutions that address sustainability issues and opportunities.

This course is designed for risk management and sustainability professionals who are interested in aligning ERM with Environmental, Social and Governance Risks.  The learning outcomes 1) Understand what is meant by ESG; 2) Describe the need for an increased focus on ESG-related risks; and 3) Articulate the reporting gap between risk factors in legal filings and sustainability reports.

This online e-learning course is designed to help potential moderators of the Reporting Exchange platform gain an understanding of corporate reporting and how the Reporting Exchange has been developed to support business in navigating the complex landscape of reporting on environmental, social and governance disclosures. The course also walks moderators through the process of applying the Reporting Exchange framework in the assessment of reporting requirements and resources. 

This self-paced e-learning course consists of 4 modules each taking 1-2 hours to complete, depending on existing experience. 

This course supports WBCSD's interactive workshop “Building and demonstrating resilience through enterprise risk management and transparent disclosure” and provides the tools you need to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk and opportunity management into your business strategy, performance management and disclosures.

The course provides references to the relevant concepts outlined by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in their guidance Applying Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) to ESG-related risks which is designed to help organizations respond to the increasing prevalence and severity of ESG-related risks, ranging from extreme weather events to product safety recalls.

This train the trainer course will enable participants to support and deliver WBCSD's interactive workshop “Building and demonstrating resilience through enterprise risk management and transparent disclosure”. It explain how to use the tools and resources developed by WBCSD to guide companies through the tools they need to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk and opportunity management into their business strategy, performance management and disclosures