This challenging two-day training offered by CSE aims to give you all the latest practical tools and resources required to implement or upscale corporate sustainability and ESG ratings in order to drive your initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies. Executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments and academia have trusted CSE and participated in our advanced training to become Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioners and earn a unique recognition in the Sustainability and CSR field. Click here to see the training agenda.
Our Accreditations

The Practitioner Program in Toronto, Ontario focuses on key challenges that professionals have to face in the field of Sustainability, Supply Chain, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy. Among those challenges are:


  • The challenge of Integrating SDGs into the current Sustainability Plan
  • New trends in Sustainability and how to gain a competitive advantage
  • How to maximize stakeholder engagement
  • How to influence C-Suite Executives and get most of their support into the Sustainability Plan
  • The role of Investors and how to maximize your corporate performance in ESG ratings


Key Modules to be Covered

  • Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability
  • The three principles of nature & business
  • Definitions & interpretations of the  elements of sustainability
  • Triple bottom line approach of sustainability
  • Case study: VW and the dark side of sustainability
  • Sustainability – COP 21 outcomes and future impact
  • Sustainability: the UN Global Compact
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) for 2030
  •  Corporate governance and sustainability legislation
  • New sustainability trends and regulation
  • Stakeholder matrix
  • Creating a sustainable (CSR) strategy.A step by step approach
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Global Models Presentation and Description: Global Reporting Initiative (G4), UN Global Compact
  • How to calculate Social Return on Investment
  • Best practices and case studies on successful sustainability strategies
  • Exercise
  • Simulation Exercise. All participants will join a unique simulation exercise on sustainability.
Unique Simulation Exercise Included
  •  What are ‘Green’ and ‘Cause-Related’ Marketing?
  • Responsible communication
  • How to avoid blue and green washing (related videos will be presented)
  • CSR strategy & stakeholders
  • CSR in the supply chain
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • The rise of the carbon footprint strategy as part of the environmental strategy. What can organizations do?
  • Carbon accounting  and WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Case study: IKEA
  • The importance of  sustainability ratings (DJSI, CSRHUB)
  • Understanding reporting
  •  Why report?
  • The GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines and the New GRI STANDARDS: Reporting on the Triple Bottom Line
  • Materiality
  • Case Studies & exercise
  • Best practices on reporting communication
  • The importance of external assurance
  • What is external assurance for sustainability
  • Assurance process
  • Assurance standards

CSR-P Certification:

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have the chance to complete a two-year sustainability plan that will qualify them for earning the globally recognized CSR-P Certification and become Certified Sustainability Practitioners. The final assignment help participants put in place practical tools and use the knowledge gained in a practical way.

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What you get from the course

Become a CMI member for free (Membership cost 200$). Take a look here for CMI membership benefits.
Certified Learning materials (hard copy) and training guide (electronic copy)
Two days of instruction
Updated case studies from companies such as Apple, Ikea, Unilever and others
Informative videos from leading sustainable organizations
Sustainability reports related to your sector
Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Certification  (Option B tickets only)
Pro bono advising services on Sustainability
About the Head of the Training Programs Development and Lead 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 has globally 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


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Terms of registration and CSE Green Event’s Policy
– Registrations may be canceled and a refund will be issued only following a written request (at at least twenty (20) days prior to the beginning of the training. If the request is made twenty (20) days prior to the training, a 50% cancelation fee will be charged. If no request is made to CSE until or following the training, no refund will be provided.

-In case of cancellation or transfer seat to the next available training an additional fee of 450 USD is applicable to secure your seat. In this case no refund is applicable.

– CSE retains the right to reschedule the training. CSE will refund the training fee for trainings rescheduled up to two (2) weeks prior to the training date. CSE is not responsible for other cost on behalf of participants (travel, accommodation, etc.)
– If the payment is completed through bank deposit an additional  fee will be added to the training fee.
– 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’.

CSE is a leading accredited provider of Sustainability (CSR) Training Programs.

CSE is an accredited training provider by leading organizations in Sustainability. Our Courses are approved by CMI (Chartered Management Institute). CSE is also Green America certified business and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) stakeholder.

Organizations that trust this program and Testimonies
Recent testimonies from around the globe

Fields That Benefit

Public Relations
General Management
Human Resources
Sustainability / CSR
Environmental Management

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