Defining a well-structured sustainability training

By December 2, 2019Education
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You are about to reach a decision on improving your career in the field of sustainability and take an advanced course, like CSE’s upcoming training in London, this March 12-13, 2020. What questions should you ask before deciding?

Is Sustainability training right for me?

Training is appropriate for all skill levels in sustainability. Courses are frequently attended by newly hired sustainability associates, by managers recently tasked with sustainability duties, by VP’s and Directors enhancing skills and refreshing their knowledge based on the latest trends.  (C-suite officers should consider specialized training.) CSE participants leave with solid grounding in Sustainability Strategy and implementation and access to CSE network including FT 500 Companies, Governments and NGOs. Successful completion of the two-year plan earns the globally recognized Sustainability (CSR)-P Certification. The Advanced Edition of the Certified Sustainability (CSR) Training is the leading program in the field of Sustainability and CSR since we have certified over 1700 Managers and CSOs and 90% of the FT 500 firms from 50 countries so far.

What does the course cover? 

A comprehensive course starts with the fundamental question “what does sustainability mean for my company?” and culminates with “how do we communicate our success?”  In between: international regulation, supply chain, reporting standards, ESG ratings for investors, carbon footprint and more. For example, who needs to sponsor the effort (i.e., to identify C-suite leaders), ESG (environment, social, governance) pillars, CSR issues, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and stakeholder concerns.

What should I expect from a trainer? 

Look for a credentialed trainer, with international experience and accolades, representing an internationally known organization. Sustainability is global. Course leaders should have experience with regulations and systems which cross national boundaries and with decades of experience.

What is the difference from a certificate and a credential?

A certificate, like that offered by CSE, provides a baseline of practical knowledge and tools to start or enhance a sustainability career.  Often companies send attendees to improve existing efforts.  A credential is more a body of experience and expertise. CSE trainers are credentialed by various authorities in sustainability, training and management.

Will I have to take a test?

The most valuable “tests” are those which allow you to exercise, within your organization, the skills you’ve learned.  CSE participants submit a two-year Action Plan which identifies company sustainability strengths and stakeholder concerns. You plan how to build a cross-organizational team, identify the most important ESG concerns and pull these pieces together into a two-year strategy. Participants praise this as the most beneficial part of the course.  Successful completion earns the CSR-P certification.

Where will I have to travel? 

Look for a location nearest and most convenient to you. CSE hosts training strategically located throughout Europe, around 2 per year, around 8 in North America and around the world.  The locations are based on ease of access but most importantly where there are lessons to be learned.  Often courses are tailored to regions, so pick one closest to you.  For example, trainings in London include content on the energy sector, finance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.

When should I attend?

Sustainability is ongoing year-round.  Often materiality assessments are done the fall of one year to provide the baseline for reporting the next. That’s why CSE provides courses on a regular basis. Thus you have the opportunity to make sustainability stronger within your organization in London this March and in Brussels in June 2020.

Isn’t on-the-job training enough?   

An intense course helps participants quickly gain the tools needed to implement a comprehensive and well-structured Sustainability Strategy which might otherwise take years to learn. A comprehensive course provides a fast-track to practical applications based on case studies, exercises, networking and discussion.

How much does training cost?

Trainings reflect the amount of time spent in class, the expertise of the instructors and the value of the product.  They are inexpensive compared to trial-and-error (on the job) or a degree in sustainability.  The CSE training in London for the 2020 Advance Edition is € 1,650.00.  Contact us for discount code (early bird) or group pricing.  We also offer the online Sustainability Academy and the Sustainability (ESG) Leadership Training Workshop for C-Suite Executives.

To learn more about CSE trainings visit our webpage for the next Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2020 to be held in London, March 12-13, 2020. Other European trainings include Brussels, in June 25-26, 2020.

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