Many times it is hard to tell the difference between organizations that are“spinning” a few good stories into a sustainability public relations campaign and those that have a genuine commitment to sustainability. What makes a good sustainability report? Why do companies spend time developing non-financial disclosures? Who really cares about a company’s social and environmental activities anyway? This course teaches the difference between high-quality disclosure and greenwashing and the difference between companies who get value from reporting and those that do not.
This course is provided in partnership with Brown Flynn, a women-owned corporate sustainability and governance firm headquartered in Cleveland. For twenty years, Brown Flynn has been a one-stop shop for gap assessments, prioritization research, strategy formulation and implementation, reporting expertise, project management, writing, design, development, and production.
Sustainability reporting is rapidly expanding as a means for organizations to communicate their objectives and performance to a variety of stakeholders.
We will also explore the most reputable sustainability reporting frameworks that have advanced the field and provided a tangible benefit to the companies who use them.
Students will apply what they have learned to advance the sustainability management and reporting objectives of their respective organizations. This training provides an understanding of practical approaches to the key components of the sustainability reporting process, including real-world examples and a chance to hear from experts in the field. We also explore how the process evolves from first-time to seasoned reporters and perform critical evaluations of existing sustainability reports.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Focus an organization’s efforts in sustainability management
- Leverage reporting frameworks beyond producing a report
- Utilize tools to determine report topics and subsequent data
- Benefit from increased transparency
- Begin developing its first sustainability report
Please call 216.687.6957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Corporate, CSU Student, and Alumni discounts available!
Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce. Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.
All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.
Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.
Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.
Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.
Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.
Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.
No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.