Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA Approved)


Toronto Canada

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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

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • 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 Your 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)

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’.

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

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