Design Your ESG Action Plan

ESG Fundamentals Microcredential

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Program Overview

Your Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy, metrics and reporting communicate what you value and determine the impact of your organization. As world-renowned management consultant Peter Drucker wrote, “What gets measured gets managed,” so how do we choose what to measure? 


This ESG Fundamentals Microcredential will provide you with an opportunity to investigate environmental, social and governance impacts  and develop a strategy to act on your values. 

 

The ESG Fundamentals Microcredential is designed to grow the community of professionals who:

·         understand ESG impact areas

·         can identify ESG factors that are material to an organization

·         can meaningfully engage relevant stakeholders to ensure actions are inclusive and evidence-based

·         are equipped to act now to maximize the positive and minimize the negative ESG impacts at organizations of all sizes

During this training, you will learn or enhance your existing understanding of the language and strategy of meaningful ESG impact. You will complete a series of assignments designed to help you explore your current impacts and develop a strategy to build on what you are already doing well and further engage relevant stakeholders to go farther, faster, together. You will learn from industry leaders in environmental, social, and governance impacts and put your learning into action through a series of hands-on activities that build into your ESG Roadmap. 


Amidst a global reframing of value and rising expectations of action and progress on justice and climate-related goals, business is a vital ingredient in the transition to a net-zero, healthy, inclusive, and regenerative economy.

 

In your ESG Fundamentals Microcredential you will design (or develop the next phase of) your individual and organizational ESG Roadmap to be part of the just transition to a regenerative economy.  

ESG Fundamentals

Governance

Social

Environmental

ESG Impact Action Plan


Who will benefit from this program?

  • Business leaders and individuals looking to act on their commitment to building an inclusive, sustainable, and regenerative economy through mapping an initial ESG strategy.

  • Organizations of all sizes seeking to understand their environmental, social, and governance impacts and looking to begin mapping an ESG strategy to maximize positive and minimize negative impacts. 

  • Individuals who are ready to chart their course to improve ESG outcomes for their organization and build their skillset, so they are qualified for advancement within and beyond their current organization.

  • Business leaders and individuals at any level of an organization who are at the beginning of the ESG journey, as well as those looking to advance their knowledge and impact through acquiring new tools and broadening their network.

What you will learn

  • Explore the rise of ESG strategy and discover its connection to CSR, sustainability, social responsibility, and impact movements.

  • Learn how to apply organizational behaviour and change leadership principles to design and enable an ESG strategy. 

  • Identify the role of materiality assessments in determining high-impact ESG opportunities.

  • Understand how stakeholder engagement fuels governance, social, environmental actions, and impacts.

  • Develop an ESG Roadmap that outlines your ESG strategy and drives collaborative action that maximizes positive impacts and minimizes negative impacts. 

  • Learn how to identify the specific tools and frameworks (e.g. SASB, GRI, ISO, CCAB, TCFD, SDGs, B Corp, sector-specific standards, etc.) that will be most useful to your core business

Program Structure

  • 24 participants per cohort

  • 15 hours synchronous and a minimum of 9 self-paced hours for reading, assignments, and development of your ESG action plan

    • five three-hour workshops over five Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    • pre-reading and assignments 

    • feedback from experts on assignments and final ESG Roadmap

  • Presentations, stories, and hands-on assignments delivered by subject matter experts and practitioners with proven track records

  • Badges earned for each assignment, culminating in the ESG Fundamentals Microcredential

  • Participants must attend all five workshops and complete all four assignments to receive the microcredential.

About the Instructors

Instructors bring real world expertise into the classroom with a curriculum developed with industry input.

Amy Fell, MA

(she/her)

Corporate Training, Lead
Program Head, Advanced Diploma Business Management

Amy Fell (she/her), MA, leads Corporate and Industry Training for the School of Business and Media and is Program Head of the Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Amy believes that the answers to organizational challenges lie in unlocking the aspiration of employees. Her work aims to enable individuals, teams and organizations to connect the ‘why and how’ of organizational pursuits in service of people, productivity, purpose and the planet. 

Tessa Jordan, PhD

(she/her)

Program Head, Sustainable Business 
Leadership Faculty, 
Communication Department

Tessa Jordan (she/her), PhD, is Program Head for the Sustainable Business Leadership and Faculty in the Communication Department at BCIT. Tessa specializes in business communications and values-based business with a focus on how the private sector can create and communicate social and environmental value to support the just transition to a regenerative economy. 

Session Speakers

When we asked our expert speakers what ESG impacts mean to them, here’s what they had to say. For details on the session speakers, visit the BCIT program page.  

I think about how companies such as TELUS can work with citizens, communities, customers, Indigenous Peoples and other stakeholders to make a positive social and environmental impact when executing on its purpose, while managing associated risks with relevant oversight.

Geoff Pegg
Director, Sustainability & Environment, Telus
Governance Impacts (Session 2)

For me ESG impact is how we help address social challenges through our business model.  Our core values are a virtuous cycle that starts with inclusivity (getting the right people in the room) and moves to collaboration (active listening) and innovation comes out of that. Then the cycle repeats, and every time it does, it pushes the organization forward.

Tim Coldwell
President, Chandos Construction
Social Impacts (Session 3)

For me ESG measurement and action is all about reducing negative impacts and increasing positive impacts of doing business. We’re living in a critical moment in history when we need to rethink how we all do business. Necessary to this shift is a rejection of the idea that profit must be maximized at the expense of things that really matter.

Alison Coates
Director, Climate Strategy and Performance
Environmental Impacts (Session 4)

ESG Fundamentals Microcredential Syllabus

Workshop Time Commitment Key Learnings Badges
Thursday, May 19,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ESG Fundamentals
  • 3 hours live
  • Approximately 1-2 hours for pre-reading
  • Explore the rise of ESG strategy and explain its connection to CSR, sustainability, social responsibility, and impact movements.
  • Identify the role of materiality assessments in determining high-impact ESG opportunities.
  • Understand how stakeholder engagement fuels governance, social, and environmental actions and impacts.
Participants must attend this workshop to earn any of the badges listed below.
Thursday, May 26,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
GOVERNANCE Impact
  • 3 hours live
  • Approximately 2-4 hours for reading and assignment
  • Learn from the first-hand experience of a governance impact expert.
  • Discover how governance plays a role in designing your successful ESG strategy.
  • Develop a strategy to uncover the governance impact areas that are material to your organization.
  • Plan a preliminary stakeholder engagement strategy to gather data on material governance impact areas.
  • Identify potential internal and/or external partnerships that will enable and accelerate high-value governance actions.
Governance Impacts Assignment Participants will submit, and receive feedback on, this assignment before the next session.
Thursday, June 2,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SOCIAL Impact
  • 3 hours live
  • Approximately 2-4 hours for reading and assignment
  • Learn from the first-hand experience of a social impact expert.
  • Discover how social plays a role in designing your successful ESG strategy.
  • Develop a strategy to uncover the social impact areas that are material to your organization.
  • Plan a preliminary stakeholder engagement strategy to gather data on material social impact areas.
  • Identify potential internal and/or external partnerships that will enable and accelerate high-value social actions.
Social Impacts Assignment Participants will submit, and receive feedback on, this assignment before the next session.
Thursday, June 9,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ENVIRONMENTAL Impact
  • 3 hours live
  • Approximately 2-4 hours for reading and assignment
  • Learn from the first-hand experience of a environmental impact expert.
  • Discover how environmental plays a role in designing your successful ESG strategy.
  • Develop a strategy to uncover the environmental impact areas that are material to your organization.
  • Plan a preliminary stakeholder engagement strategy to gather data on material environmental impact areas.
  • Identify potential internal and/or external partnerships that will enable and accelerate high- environmental actions.
Environmental Impacts Assignment Participants will submit, and receive feedback on, this assignment before the next session.
Thursday, June 16,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Your ESG Roadmap: Theory to Action
  • 3 hours live
  • Approximately 2-4 hours to combine previous assignments into your ESG action plan
  • Map your organization’s value chain and identify potential high-impact governance, social, and environmental factors.
  • Identify the stakeholders you will engage to gather data on potential high-impact governance, social, and environmental factors and prioritize the order in which you will engage these stakeholders.
  • Create a preliminary action plan to act on the learning from your value chain map and stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • Present your ESG Roadmap and receive real time feedback from ESG impact experts.
Action Plan Presentation delivered during this session. Feedback from experts provided live and following this session.

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What Are Microcredentials?

 

Microcredentials are short training programs that help you quickly master new skills and gain knowledge essential in Canadian industries. Microcredentials are often made up of badges: smaller components that build into a microdendential. The ESG Fundamentals Microcredential is built and delivered by BCIT Business + Media, one of the largest post-secondary institutes in the province with a proven track record in applied skills training. This microcredential is made up of four badges:

  • Governance Impact Badge

  • Social Impact Badge

  • Environmental Impact Badge

  • ESG Roadmap Badge

These four badges are each 0.5 BCIT credits and add up to a 2.0 credit microcredential.  Upon successful completion, participants are issued digital badges and a digital microcredential that can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile to showcase your ESG impact knowledge and experience. These digital badges and microcredential signal your commitment and ability to work towards an inclusive, sustainable, and regenerative economy within any organization.  

 

Join local leaders and become a part of the growing ESG impact community and movement.