Sustainability Leadership: Innovation for Growth

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Course Date

STARTS ON

February 15, 2023

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

C$2,600 C$2,210 or get C$260 off with a referral

Course Information Special group enrolment pricing

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Sustainability is Here to Stay

$50T

Global ESG assets are on track to exceed $50 trillion by 2025, with sustainability serving as the foundation for business models.

Source: Bloomberg

2,000+

More than 2,000 global organizations have set an emissions reduction target via the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Source: Science Based Targets

96%

Nearly all of the G250—a full 96% of the world’s 250 largest organizations—are now reporting on their sustainability efforts.

Source: HBR

Forge a Path to Sustainability for your Organization

Sustainability is now a key driver of business innovation. Business leaders are increasingly understanding the need to develop sustainable practices that foster new growth and generate enhanced economic, social, and environmental outcomes.

The Sustainability Leadership: Innovation for Growth program delivers strategic frameworks that can help you build a case for sustainability initiatives and successfully lead them in your organization.

Key Takeaways

At the end of this 6-week virtual e-learning program, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to use sustainability as a source of innovation to drive new growth and generate enhanced economic, social, and environmental outcomes
  • Describe how to improve the overall governance of leadership and teams
  • Outline the steps involved in attracting, retaining, and growing employees, customers, and suppliers
  • Articulate the impact of sustainability on profitability

Program Curriculum

Module 1:

An Introduction to Sustainability and Governance

Explore the history and the science of sustainability, analyze sustainable business, and learn how the cleantech industry can help tackle sustainability.

Module 2:

Change, Innovation and Sustainability

Learn the true impact of the exponential pace of change and open innovation on organizations, and delve into 7 major global challenges that have impacted our world to see why business model innovation is a pathway forward.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Business

Evaluate the importance of vision, mission, value, and purpose in designing sustainable businesses and recognize the need for sustainability leadership and good governance.

Module 4:

Circular Economies and Business Models

Examine the implications of a post-COVID world on how we work and live, and recognize the significance of the circular economy as the only sustainable growth model.

Module 5:

Sustainability Finance

Learn why engaging in environment, social and governance (ESG) issues is consistent with the fiduciary responsibility of managers and why it’s important for businesses to report on their triple bottom line.

Module 6:

Stakeholder Engagement

Learn why engaging with stakeholders—rather than just shareholders—leads to better outcomes for all, and learn how to develop engagement plans for stakeholders.

Module 1:

An Introduction to Sustainability and Governance

Explore the history and the science of sustainability, analyze sustainable business, and learn how the cleantech industry can help tackle sustainability.

Module 4:

Circular Economies and Business Models

Examine the implications of a post-COVID world on how we work and live, and recognize the significance of the circular economy as the only sustainable growth model.

Module 2:

Change, Innovation and Sustainability

Learn the true impact of the exponential pace of change and open innovation on organizations, and delve into 7 major global challenges that have impacted our world to see why business model innovation is a pathway forward.

Module 5:

Sustainability Finance

Learn why engaging in environment, social and governance (ESG) issues is consistent with the fiduciary responsibility of managers and why it’s important for businesses to report on their triple bottom line.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Business

Evaluate the importance of vision, mission, value, and purpose in designing sustainable businesses and recognize the need for sustainability leadership and good governance.

Module 6:

Stakeholder Engagement

Learn why engaging with stakeholders—rather than just shareholders—leads to better outcomes for all, and learn how to develop engagement plans for stakeholders.

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Sustainability Action Playbook

The virtual e-learning program features a sustainability playbook where you can note initiatives that could be implemented in your organization and use them to work through related exercises in each module. Example exercises include:

  • Review a list of sustainable development goals (SDGs), and determine 3 initiatives your organization might be best able to address.
  • Use the triple-layered business model canvas to identify opportunities to integrate sustainability into your organization.
  • Conduct a stakeholder analysis: identify and map stakeholders, and develop a stakeholder engagement plan.

Key Framework: The Triple-Layered Business Model Canvas

A key framework of the Sustainability Leadership: Innovation for Growth program is the Triple-Layered Business Model Canvas, a tool that's designed to help create more sustainable business models. The 3 “layers” include:

  • The economic layer (based on the original Business Model Canvas development tool)
  • The environmental layer (life cycle perspective)
  • The social layer (stakeholder perspective)

The canvas can help business leaders develop a clearer understanding of the interrelationship between these 3 aspects of their business model.

Exploring Sustainability Through Real-World Examples

The virtual e-learning program highlights a broad range of real-world sustainability case examples, including:

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Tesla and Uber

Going green as a business advantage

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Airbnb

Customer value proposition and business model they created

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Unilever

Sustainable Living Plan

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Interface

Efforts to achieve a carbon-negative output

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Apple

Innovation and leadership

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Starbucks and Chevron

Impact of their focus on mission, vision, and values

Program Experience

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Polls

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Discussion Boards

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Crowdsources

Quizzes

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Sustainability Playbook

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Capstone Project

Capstone Project

Each week, you’ll develop potential initiatives related to that week's content and note them in your playbook. Near the end of the 6-week virtual e-learning program, you’ll use your accumulated findings to complete a final capstone project. This will involve:

  • Looking back on the initiatives you've developed each week and prioritizing them
  • Developing an execution plan for your top-priority initiative
  • Having your initiative reviewed by program leaders and receiving their feedback

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Richard Blundell

Richard Blundell

Executive-in-Residence at The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Mr. Blundell has over 35 years of senior executive management and consulting experience in the global environmental services and technology sectors. His experience includes operations management, corporate and market development, mergers and acquisitions, new business initiation, and consulting. Mr. Blundell’s international experience includes running organizations in East and West Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia (12 countries from India to China)... More info

Faculty Member Walid Hejazi

Walid Hejazi

Associate Professor of International Business at The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Walid Hejazi is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, and Academic Director at The Rotman School of Management. He has researched, advised, and testified extensively on global competitiveness and is currently working on a series of studies that shed light on the competitiveness and productivity of Canadian organizations... More info

Certificate

Example image of certificate that will be awarded once you successfully complete the course

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the 6-week virtual e-learning program, you’ll earn a digital certificate of completion from The Rotman School of Management. This program counts toward a Rotman Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program is offering financial assistance to Ontario residents

The Ontario Student Assistance Program is now offering funding for micro-credentials, including Rotman Executive Programs. This new resource is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants. This funding is available for Ontario residents only with additional requirements.

Learn about OSAP funding for Ontario residents as well as the full details of the program by downloading our brochure.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enrol. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.



    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enroling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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