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The main objective of business organizations has evolved from profit maximization to increasing shareholder wealth. In recent years, this objective has changed in light of recent developments in corporate sustainability to create stakeholder value while protecting the interests of other non-shareholding stakeholders including creditors, customers, employees, suppliers, society and the environment.

To effectively achieve this new objective, corporations are expanding their performance to both financial/quantitative economic performance (ESP) and non-financial/qualitative environmental, ethical, social and governance (EESG) sustainability performance. Reporting ESP and EESG sustainability performance demands a new integrated corporate reporting regime.

The number of public companies worldwide that disclose sustainability performance information has recently increased significantly to more than 8,000, and starting in 2017, more than 6,000 European companies will be required to disclose their sustainability performance information. This growing trend toward sustainability reporting and assurance is expected to continue worldwide. The reliability and credibility of these integrated sustainability reports need to be assured by assurance providers.

This introductory course is intended for those interested in learning about corporate sustainability including financial officers, boards of directors, management, internal auditors, external auditors, legal counsel, financial analysts, educators and regulators.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

4 CoursesCorporate Sustainability

  1. An Introduction to Corporate Sustainability Performance, Reporting, and Assurance
  2. Relevance and Importance of Economic Sustainability Performance
  3. Non-Financial Sustainability Performance
  4. Drivers, Guidelines, and Future of Corporate Sustainability

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the basic concepts, theories and standards of corporate sustainability.
  • Identify the four themes of corporate sustainability: Multiple bottom line, long-term horizons, stakeholder focus, stakeholder value creation.
  • Identify the five dimensions of sustainability performance: economic, environmental, governance, social and ethical.
  • Explore the classification of five multi-dimensions of sustainability performance to financial/quantitative economic sustainability performance (ESP) and non-financial/qualitative environmental, ethical, social, and governance (EESG) sustainability performance.
  • Explore the assessment and management of corporate sustainability risks including strategic, operational, compliance, financial, reputation and cybersecurity risks.

3 Reviews (11 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
I sure hope the in-coming 2017 US political climate will continue to support the development non-economic (EGSEE) sustainability reporting.
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Member's Profile
Good introduction to sustainability practices & requirements; good exam - makes you think
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Anonymous Author
Very important topic

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.

Education Provider Information

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Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  1:25Introduction to Corporate Sustainability Performance, Reporting, and Assurance
Corporate Sustainability Performance & Reporting
  7:34Sustainability and Integration
  10:29Value - Relevance of Sustainability
  15:25Multiple Bottom Line of Sustainability
  6:52Sustainability Research and Education
  11:34Sustainability Theories, Standards, and Risks
  11:37Sustainability Reporting and Assurance
Gatekeepers, Best Practices, and Conclusion
  7:03Sustainability Gatekeepers
  9:40Sustainability Best Practices
Continuous Play
  1:33:13An Introduction to Corporate Sustainability Performance, Reporting, and Assurance
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Introduction to Corporate Sustainability Performance, Reporting, and Assurance
  PDFIntroduction to Corporate Sustainability Performance, Reporting, and Assurance Glossary Index
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM