Certified CSR and Sustainability Practitioner

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Upskilling CSR and Sustainability Professionals

Are you a working professional and have time constraints to hone your skills and develop new expertise? This is an opportunity to build your niche as a CSR and Sustainability Practitioner and bridge the gap from strategy to implementation to build a company Sustainable and CSR compliant.

Course Curriculum


Module 1 - Introduction to CSR and Sustainability
1.1 Introduction to CSR and Sustainability
  • Definition of CSR Globally
  • History of CSR and evolution across the globe
  • Indian CSR Law - in-depth Analysis
  • Sustainability - Definitions
  • Difference between CSR and Sustainability
1.2 Social Causes
  • What are social causes and types
  • Priorities in India to be addressed
  • UNGC, ILO,WWW and other conventions addressing social issues
  • Case studies
1.3 CSR Lifecycle
  • Need Assessment
  • Social Monitoring
  • Social Audit
  • Social return on investments (SROI)
  • Project proposal writing and designing
1.4 Sustainability
  • What is sustainability?
  • Sustainability in Business practices
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Key terms and bodies promoting Sustainability
1.5 Need for CSR and Sustainability
  • Challenges faced by the corporates, governments, civil societies and other eco-systems
  • CSR and Sustainability as a solution
  • Importance of CSR and Sustainability concepts to business houses. NGOs, etc
Module 2 - Reporting and Measurement tools
2.1 Self Assessment Tools
  • Internal self-assessment tools: Online tools
  • Understanding the methodology and application of MDG/SDG SCAN, Global Compact self-assessment tool
  • London benchmarking group - Framework, methodology and application
  • Global impact investing ratings systems (GIIRS)
  • Country specific online tools
2.2 Frameworks and Guidelines
  • What are frameworks and guidelines for reporting and measuring?
  • Guidelines - NONIE, IESIA and others
  • Frameworks/guidelines with focus on sector profiles
  • Application of Frameworks and guidelines
2.3 External Assessment tools
  • Introduction to types of external assessment tools
  • Detailed study of OXFAM Poverty footprint
  • Detailed study of committee on sustainability assessment (COSA) methodology
  • Detailed study and application of SEAT Tool
  • CSR/Sustainability tool used by investment communities
2.4 CSR reporting standards
  • Global reporting indicators
  • Environment indicators
  • International integrated reporting council (IIRC)
  • Application of GRI and IIRC
  • Customized reporting - Tata Integrated reporting
  • Global compact management tool
2.5 Creation and application of assessment tools
  • Customize benchmarking tool for 3 diverse projects
  • Application of tools - NGOs
  • Application of tools - Corporates
  • CSR and Sustainability measurement tools for investment purposes
Module 3 - Application of CSR and Sustainability in Management verticals
3.1 Conventional Management verticals
  • Conventional Marketing and Cause based marketing
  • Human Resources and stakeholder management
  • Operations - Clean supply chain
  • Finance - Sustainable economy
  • Research and development - sustainable innovations
  • Conventional management verticals vs Sustainable management verticals
3.2 Responsible marketing and branding
  • Different forms of non-conventional marketing
  • Roadmap for strategic marketing planning process
  • Segmenting, evaluating and selecting target audience
  • NGO Marketing
  • Incorporating SDGs while preparing a marketing plan
3.3 Human Resources and operations
  • Role of HR in CSR
  • Stakeholders and processes involved in operations
  • Building sustainable supply chain
  • Materiality analysis
  • Human Resources - Workers rights and duties
3.4 Finance and accounting
  • Concept of responsible accounting and finance
  • Forms of Impact investments
  • Introduction to non-financial reporting
  • Case studies
3.5 Research and Development
  • Areas for Research and development in Sustainability
  • Research and development in Supply chain and sustainable product line
  • Sustainability Balanced scorecard
Module 4 - Cause based marketing
4.1 Understanding Cause Marketing
  • Concept of Cause Based Marketing
  • A Dive into types of causes
4.2 Aligning cause based marketing strategies and goals with organisational objectives
  • Aligning Cause Based Marketing strategies and goals with organisational objectives
  • Local and global context
4.3 Cause Based Marketing Process
  • Structuring Cause Based Marketing Initiative
  • Do’s and Don’ts
4.4 Communicating the cause internally and externally
  • Building employee engagement
  • External communications
4.5 Assessment
  • Assessment 1
4.6 Workshop
  • Workshop 1
  • Workshop 2
Module 5 - Financing Sustainability
5.1 Series
5.1.1 Nuts
  • Defining Responsible Finance and ESG materiality
  • Understanding the material impact of each- environment, social and governance
  • Strategies for mainstreaming
  • ESG across asset classes
  • Trends of the growing industry
  • Local context and relatable case studies
5.1.2 Acing: (Build from the Above)
  • Structuring an ESG engagement program
  • Identifying and discussing ESG data sources
  • Tracking, measuring and benchmarking ESG data
  • Role of emerging technologies- incl. Big Data
  • Examining financial models with ESG lens
  • Company/ Sector analysis and case studies
5.1.3 Focused Thematic:
  • Impact Investing
  • Blended Capital
  • Green Finance
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
Module 6 - Social Entrepreneurship
6.1 Introduction to Social entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to social entrepreneurship
  • Business at the base of the pyramid
  • Models of successful social enterprise
  • Start your own social enterprise
6.2 Entrepreneurship
  • Making business plan
  • Understanding investors point of view
  • Enterprise management
  • Forward and backward linkage of enterprise
  • Embedding social enterprise model in the existing business practices
6.3 Investments
  • Forms of raising investments
  • Proposal writing for fund raising
  • Making 3 mins elevated pitch
  • Stages of investments - ROI and SROI
6.4 Managing a social enterprise
  • Marketing in social ventures
  • Scaling up/legal issues and change management
  • Social enterprise in developed and emerging countries
  • Bootstrapping
  • Measuring success of social sustainable enterprise
6.5 Practicals
  • Build a social enterprise model with business plan
  • Role-play: Act like an investor and investee
  • Understand the legal framework and investment terms and conditions for the venture
  • Develop a plan to scale up your venture in different geographies
  • Develop a marketing, HR, fundraising model at different stages

Theory combined with Research and development

This is a unique chance that combines theoretical knowledge with scope to do research and development projects. A Management application approach combined with case studies. A pedagogy developed by practitioners to train future practitioners and set an example.

Comprehensive courseware:

  • Introduction to CSR and Sustainability
  • Reporting and Measurement Tools
  • Application of CSR and Sustainability in Management Verticals
  • Cause Based Marketing
  • Financing Sustainability
  • Social Entrepreneurship

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