Introduction to Sustainability and Business Value
Explore the components of business sustainability with CPA Australia
Organisations are increasingly required to disclose their approaches to improving sustainable operations using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.
On this two-week course, you’ll trace the evolution of sustainability as a primary business concern, with growing demand from stakeholders for organisational transparency. You’ll explore the drivers of sustainability and learn how sustainability practices can result in value creation.
Investigate the business applications of sustainability in different contexts
Organisations need a tailored approach to ESG, suited to their size and business needs.
Using a range of case studies, you’ll examine sustainability initiatives in practice and learn how they have added value to each business.
You’ll learn to explain the importance of focussing on sustainability in your strategy, business model, risk management, and reporting.
Examine the link between sustainability and value creation
Data suggests sustainability measures contribute to improved company performance, new opportunities, and revenue growth.
You’ll discover five ways that sustainability can add value to an organisation, from top-line growth to reduced regulatory interventions.
With this knowledge, you can consider sustainability measures that manage sustainability requirements and deliver a competitive edge.
Learn how to embed beneficial sustainability practices into your organisational strategy
You’ll explore various sustainability frameworks, equipping you with the practical tools to begin your sustainability transformation.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to identify the environmental and social impacts of your organisation’s processes and have gained the knowledge and tools to adopt strategic sustainability practices that add value to your organisation.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss the evolution of sustainability and its main goals.
- Apply the three components of sustainability and Integrated Reporting Framework capitals in reviewing an organisation's sustainability impacts.
- Explain how the organisational drivers of sustainability can be leveraged to meet stakeholder demands.
- Develop recommendations on the integration of sustainability practices into an organisation's strategy to drive value creation.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for financial professionals with responsibility for external reporting in their organisation.
It will benefit those working in many different financial roles including finance managers, financial accountants, financial controllers, and CFOs.
Small-to-medium business owners who want to further their knowledge of sustainability and the value it can create within their business will also find this course useful.
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