SSR International Training Courses

Transformational Leadership & Becoming a Future-Fit Organisation

This course examines the nature of transformational leadership, how it is being applied to address sustainability challenges, and how it can apply to individual, as well as the ability to create better futures, to adapt to rapidly changing futures and to be resilient in the face of adverse futures.

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Sustainability Innovation & Growing Effective Change-makers

This course explores how technology innovation can be used as a force for good in the world and what prevent many sustainable solutions going to scale, as well as alternative business structures that go the traditional corporation with its fiduciary duty to shareholders, and what impact they are having.

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Business’ Human Rights & Responding to the Refugee Crisis

This course looks at how business should address human rights impacts by taking measures for their prevention, mitigation and, where appropriate, remediation, as well as presenting the trends of migration and how these demographic flows impact on policy makers, business and society.

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Transformative Social Responsibility & Creating Integrated Value

This course explores the evolution of social responsibility over the past decade and the transformative principles and practices that are shaping the future of CSR, as well as the practice of creating integrated value across business functions, sustainability disciplines and management systems in business.

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Stakeholder Engagement & Discovering New Tools for Transparency

This course explores methods of stakeholder identification, prioritisation and materiality assessment, as well as new forms of engagement through social media, as well as how the frameworks, guidelines and tools for corporate transparency and reporting are changing, along with new technologies.

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Foundations of Sustainability & Social Responsibility: History, Concepts & Evolution

This course traces the history of sustainable development and social responsibility, from their roots in 19th century philanthropy and conservation, through to the ISO 26000 standard in 2010 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 – and how practices continue to evolve, challenge and inspire.

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Transformational Leadership & Becoming a Future-Fit Organisation

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Course Background

All transformational change begins with leaders who are willing to place an inspiring purpose at the heart of their organisation’s mission. This course examines the nature of transformational leadership, how it is being applied to address sustainability challenges, and how it can apply to individual. Every organisation, community, city and country wants to survive and thrive in a better future, but how? This course explores the concept and practice of future-fitness, which is the ability to create better futures, to adapt to rapidly changing futures and to be resilient in the face of adverse futures.

Course Content
  • We present research conducted with Cambridge University, in which we identified the key characteristics of sustainability leaders.
  • We consider the importance of diversity in leadership, from women to migrants.
  • We delve into case studies of transformational leaders, from government, business and civil society.
  • We help participants to self-diagnose what kind of transformational leader they may be.
  • We present scenarios of the world in 2050 in four key areas: economy, humanity, energy and environment.
  • We introduce key futures-thinking tools, including forecasting, backcasting, counter-factual planning and scenario planning.
  • We work with the 5-S future-fitness framework to identify visions and KPIs of desirable futures that are safe, smart, shared, sustainable and satisfying.
  • We use the 5-D resilience strategies and counter-factual exercises as tools for preparing for unexpected futures.
Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to identify the 7 habits of highly effective sustainability leaders
  • An understanding of the 4 transformational strategies used by corporate sustainability leaders
  • Knowledge of the 4 types of purpose-inspired leadership and how they apply to you as an individual change agent.
  • An understanding of the mega-trends in the world to 2050 and awareness of.
  • A knowledge of key futures-thinking tools and how they can be used in your organisation or sector.
  • The ability to apply the 5-S future-fitness and 5-D resilience strategies frameworks to your organisation or sector.
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Sustainability Innovation & Growing Effective Change-makers

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Course Background

Technology has brought many of the improvements in our quality of life, yet is also responsible for some of our biggest negative impacts on society and the environment. This course explores how technology innovation can be used as a force for good in the world and what prevent many sustainable solutions going to scale. Nine out of ten corporate leaders surveyed believe that business has a social purpose, in addition to its economic purpose. This course looks at alternative business structures that go the traditional corporation with its fiduciary duty to shareholders, and what impact they are having.

Course Content
  • We present research conducted for United Nations Environment Programme on eco-innovation and technology transfer.
  • We look at the innovation process, different approaches to sustainability innovation and the barriers and enablers of sustainable technologies.
  • Using case studies from a range of sectors, we explore the lessons learned from implementation of solutions.
  • We present research from Cranfield University on the purpose of the corporation, including the gap identified between current and future leaders’ perceptions.
  • We review the different legal forms of incorporation for social enterprises, including the cooperative, community interest company, benefit corporation, low profit limited liability corporation and social purpose corporation.
  • Using case studies, we explore the nature of social enterprise and what makes a successful social entrepreneur.
  • We present some practical tips for starting a new social enterprise and for becoming a better social entrepreneur.
Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to identify different innovation types (process, products and materials) and approaches (in-house vs open) and how they apply to sustainability.
  • An understanding of the challenges to sustainable technology diffusion – at a company, community and government level.
  • Knowledge of the 4 keys to improving absorptive capacity of sustainable technologies and the different strategic approaches.
  • The ability to identify the features, benefits and limitations of different legal structures for social enterprises.
  • An understanding of the step-by-step process of starting a social enterprise.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of successful social entrepreneurs, and how they apply to you as potential change agent in society.
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Business’ Human Rights & Responding to the Refugee Crisis

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Course Background

The obligation to respect human rights is a global norm that applies to the conduct of all business enterprises, wherever they operate. It exists over and above compliance with national laws and regulations protecting human rights. Addressing adverse human rights impacts requires taking adequate measures for their prevention, mitigation and, where appropriate, remediation. Migration has long been driven by the economic forces of the market, but has also been integral to political development. In the case of development-related forced migration, the World Bank estimated that development projects displaced 10 million people per year during the 1980s. This course will present the trends of migration and how these demographic flows impact on policy makers, business and society.

Course Content
  • We will review the most important global standards on business and human rights, including the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” (Ruggie) Framework and others.
  • We will explain how human rights fits into corporate social responsibility and sustainability, including the requirements of ISO 26000 and the GRI G4 Guidelines.
  • We will explore opportunities for integrating current human rights issues into business, including issues around migration and refugees and gender equality.
  • We will present interactive data of global migration trends, the drivers of migration and define the concept of forced migration and human displacement.
  • We will look at the nature and extent of globalisation and development and its impact on forced migration.
  • We look at the role of business in responding to the global forced migration crisis, especially linking through social responsibility to the positive economic and social contribution of refugees and migrants.
Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to identify universal global principles and guidelines in prevention and addressing the risks of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.
  • An understanding of the business requirements for human rights due diligence and mechanisms for remedy.
  • Knowledge of best and worst practice case studies and the lessons learned from each.
  • An understanding of the impact of globalisation and development on human displacement.
  • The ability to identify key drivers of human migration and displacement.
  • Knowledge of the ways in which organisations (including government, business and NGOs) can respond positively to the refugee crisis.
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Transformative Social Responsibility & Creating Integrated Value

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Course Background

Business philanthropy dates back many hundreds, or even thousands, of years, but it is no longer an adequate form of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This course explores the evolution of social responsibility over the past decade and the transformative principles and practices that are shaping the future of CSR. Two of the strongest recent sustainable business trends are towards value creation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration. This course explores the concept and practice of creating integrated value across business functions, sustainability disciplines and management systems in business.

Course Content
  • We present work by Professor Visser on the shift from old-style CSR 1.0 to new-wave CSR 2.0.
  • We define the 5 stages of CSR maturity, the 4 DNA elements of CSR and the 3 failures of old-style CSR 1.0.
  • We describe the 5 principles of transformative CSR (CSR 2.0) and illustrate each with case studies.
  • We allow workshop participants to access the 70-question CSR 2.0 self-assessment diagnostic tool, to determine their progress and areas of strength and weakness.
  • We present the frameworks and models of the pioneers of value creation and ESG integration over the past 30 years.
  • We review the current state of proliferation of sustainability codes, standards and guidelines and examine the implications of this trend.
  • We work through the 7-step methodology of implementing integrated value, using case studies and exercises and summarise the business case benefits.
Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to identify at which stage of CSR maturity (from level 1 to 5) your organisation (or others you wish to analyse) is currently operating.
  • An understanding of the transformative CSR, including the 4 DNA elements and the 5 principles of CSR 2.0.
  • The opportunity to quantitatively self-assess your organisation in terms of CSR maturity, the DNA elements and the principles of CSR 2.0.
  • An understanding of a diverse set of approaches to creating integrated value, from stakeholder value and blended value to sustainable value to shared value.
  • The ability to see how the 7-step methodology for implementing integrated value could be applied to your organisation.
  • A knowledge of the business value of integrated value creation and how to articulate this to leaders.
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Stakeholder Engagement & Discovering New Tools for Transparency

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Course Background

Engaging with stakeholders is not new (Ed Freeman introduced stakeholder theory in 1984), but the rules and tools of the game have changed. This course explores methods of stakeholder identification, prioritisation and materiality assessment, as well as new forms of engagement through social media. As companies seek to regain the fragile trust of its stakeholders, they face growing pressure to improve their transparency and communications. This course explores how the frameworks, guidelines and tools for corporate transparency and reporting are changing, along with new technologies and rising public expectations.

Course Content
  • We present research conducted by Kaleidoscope Futures and Wikirate on the future of stakeholder engagement.
  • We look at how to identify and prioritise stakeholders, examine the risks of poor stakeholder engagement and a variety of stakeholder engagement strategies.
  • We work through the requirements for conducting a credible stakeholder materiality assessment.
  • We review cases in which crowdsourcing and other Web 2.0 technologies are being used to create more effective stakeholder engagement.
  • We present research conducted by Kaleidoscope Futures and Wikirate on the future of corporate accountability.
  • We look at the trends and standards in transparency, including non-financial reporting and the move to product lifecycle and value chain reporting.
  • We examine the impact that technology, especially social media and other Web 2.0 trends, are having on transparency, reporting and ratings.
Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to identify and prioritise key stakeholders and create a stakeholder materiality assessment matrix.
  • An understanding of the different strategies of stakeholder engagement and when it is most appropriate to apply each.
  • Knowledge of the ways in which crowdsourcing and Web 2.0 technologies can be used to improve stakeholder engagement.
  • The ability to apply key non-financial reporting principles to the analysis of corporate communications.
  • An understanding of the key non-financial reporting standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative and the Integrated Reporting Framework.
  • Knowledge of the ways in which social media and Web 2.0 technologies are reshaping the corporate transparency landscape.
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Foundations of Sustainability & Social Responsibility: History, Concepts & Evolution

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Course Background

While many pre-industrial nations and communities can be argued to have practiced sustainable livelihoods over thousands of years, the modern concept of sustainable development – with roots in the conservation, environment and development movements of the 19th and 20th century – has gone through many changes since its formalisation by the United Nations in the 1987 Brundtland Report up to its most recent enshrinement in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Likewise, while ethical considerations in business go back millennia, social responsibility – with roots in the philanthropy movement of the 19th century - has been adopted and adapted many times since it was first widely discussed in the 1950s, clearly conceptualised in 1970s and codified in the ISO 26000 standard in 2010. Both practices (sustainability and social responsibility) continue to evolve, challenge and inspire business, government, academia and civil society to this day.

Course Content
  • We present a historical timeline showing how sustainability and social responsibility has been changing since the 1870s.
  • We consider various definitions of sustainability and social responsibility and derive the common elements and essential meaning.
  • We present the Stage Model of Sustainability and Social Responsibility, including the 5 stages, their characteristics and cases to illustrate each.
  • We analyse and discuss the most popular models and frameworks of sustainability, e.g. Triple Bottom Line, The Natural Step, Planetary Boundaries, and for social responsibility, e.g. CSR Pyramid, AccountAbility 1000, ISO 26000.
  • We introduce the business case for sustainability and social responsibility, namely the link between SSR practices and business value creation.
Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the historical evolution of sustainability and social responsibility
  • The ability to identify the essential elements of sustainability and social responsibility
  • Knowledge of the 5 stages the Stage Model of Sustainability and Social Responsibility and the ability to identify cases for each stage.
  • Knowledge of the key models and frameworks of sustainability of sustainability and social responsibility.
  • The ability to describe the 5 most important business case arguments for sustainability and social responsibility.
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