Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training: Beyond Energy Efficiency and Reporting - Atlanta

Nov 13 - 14, 2014 · Atlanta, United States of America
*Option A - Course Only includes attendance of the two-day course, without having the option of certification or free brief organizational assessment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework.
**Inquire about a special discount for organizations with more than 2 attendees.
CSE is a leading accredited provider of Sustainability (CSR) Training internationally!
CSE courses  are  accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organisation for Sustainability Professionals with over 15,000 members based in 83 countries.  Additionally, CSE is Green America certified business, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) stakeholder, and Accountability registered consultant.

Get the value of a globally accredited course in supporting your career.
Fields That Benefit


Public Relations


General Management

Human Resources

Sustainability / CSR

Environmental Management

Key Modules to be Covered
 For the past three years, executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments, and academia have trusted CSE and participated in our advanced trainings to become Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner under the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Organizations who have attended include Walmart, Unilever, ABM, Lockheed Martin, Thomson Reuters, Baker Hughes, Noble Energy, United Airlines, Coca Cola, LBG, BP, University of Wisconsin, and Heineken Group.
 MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

Sustainable Development: What Is and Isn’t Sustainability
The Three Principles of Nature & Business
Definitions & Interpretations of the Four Elements of Sustainability
Triple Bottom Line Approach of Sustainability

  MODULE 2: Current Global and Local Legislation for CSR and GHG emissions

Sustainability – Best in Class
Sustainability: the UN Global Compact & Millennium Goals
Corporate Governance and Sustainability
Sustainability Trends and Regulation

MODULE 3: Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards & Guidelines (UN Global Compact, GRI G4, CDP ,SROI )

Creating a Sustainable (CSR)  Strategy Structure & Programs 
Sustainable Supply Chain
Global Models Presentation and Description: Global Reporting Initiative (G3), UN Global Compact, ISO 26000, CDP
Case Studies

MODULE 4: Responsible communication and how to avoid green washing  

 What are ‘Green’ and ‘Cause-Related’ Marketing?
Responsible Communication 

MODULE 5: The importance of Sustainability in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint reduction 

 Stakeholder Theory
CSR Strategy & Stakeholders
CSR in the supply chain
Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy  
The Rise of the Carbon Footprint Strategy as Part of the Environmental Strategy
What Can Organizations Do?
Climate Change Strategy & Accounting
Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Carbon Offsetting

 MODULE 6: Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC  Guidelines

 Understanding Reporting
Why Report?
GRI Guidelines: Reporting on the Triple Bottom Line
Integrated reporting
Quality Assurance

MODULE 7: External Assurance and how to communicate and gain credibility in your report

 The importance of External Assurance
What is External Assurance for Sustainability
Assurance Process
Assurance Standards

 MODULE 8: The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner and Future Trends
 Sustainability (CSR) Action Plan for your organization (Prerequisite for becoming a Certified IEMA Sustainability Practitioner)
CSE provides Sustainability on Demand One-To-One Coaching, supporting practitioners to apply the knowledge gained in the course to maximize value provided to their organizations. All you have to do is to check what option is more relevant to your needs.
Option A: Prepare a Sustainability Strategy (As part of the course assignment)
Option B: Improve your Sustainability Report
Option C: Benchmark your Organization with Others in your Sector
About our Trainer
Nikos Avlonas is founder and President of the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE). Nikos has been distinguished as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America. He is a well known international speaker in topics related to Sustainable Development and CSR and hasglobally delivered speeches and educated thousands of. To learn more about Nikos Avlonas, read his bio here

 Take advantage of a leading book on sustainability, entitled "Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage" (Wiley Publication) written by the course trainer Nikos Avlonas

Testimonies from Leading Organizations 
What you get in the course

Training materials

Updated case studies from companies such as Apple, Lloyds Banking Group, and others

Informative videos from leading sustainable organizations

Sustainability reports related to your sector

Create a 2-Year Sustainability Action Plan for your organization or sector (for Option B attendees only)

CSR-Practitioner Certification (for Option B attendees only)

Media Partners
Green Event Policy
As part of our sustainability policy (since 2007), we calculate and offset the carbon footprint of all CSE events, including the travel of our attendees. Additionally, CSE is among the first firms in its sector to have published a Sustainability Report (since 2008). A prime example of 'walking the talk'.
Terms of registration

Registrations may be canceled and a refund will be issued only following a written request (at at least twenty (20) days prior to the beginning of the training. If the request is made twenty (20) days prior to the training, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged. If no request is made to CSE until or following the training, no refund will be provided.
CSE retains the right to reschedule the training. CSE will refund the training fee for trainings rescheduled up to two (2) weeks prior to the training date. CSE is not responsible for other cost on behalf of participants (travel, accommodation, etc.)
If the payment is completed through bank deposit an additional USD 50 fee will be added to the training fee.
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