Sustainability Toolkit Webinar

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Course Code SC 167
Duration 1 hour
Start and End Time Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12 noon - 1pm Eastern Daylight Time
Location Lunch & Learn Webinar
Course Description

Implementing Sustainability using the Sustainability Toolkit

SustainabilitytoolkitcoverThe Sustainability Toolkit was developed to address a critical gap in the evolving field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Various organizations have developed guidance documents that define social responsibility (e.g. ISO 26000) or describe how sustainability efforts should be reported (e.g. Global Reporting Initiative).

However, there has been a lack of available guidance on how to actually implement sustainability in an organization.

The toolkit has been designed to fill this sustainability implementation gap by combining the principles and core considerations of ISO 26000 with the framework defined by leading management system standards such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Given its management system foundation, the toolkit provides a practical approach to sustainability implementation that is applicable to all sizes of organizations across industry sectors.

SustainabilitytoolkitwheelIn developing the toolkit, extensive research was conducted to ensure it meets the sustainability reporting demands being imposed on the supply chains of numerous large private sector and public sector organizations.

In this webinar, you will gain an overview of the toolkit and its use. You will:

1. Examine the 13 steps to sustainability implementation.

2. Understand the 5 key principles required by ISO 26000 and GRI.

3. Connect your current quality and safety programs with sustainability implementation

4. Review an assessment that will rate your current sustainability position.

5. Discuss next step in using this simple toolkit for sustainability implementation.

Trainer and Subject Matter Expert

Authors of the Toolkit & Webinar Presenters

Sandra Tavares, Principal, Tavares Group

Sandra Tavares is the Principal of Tavares Group Consulting Inc. Since 1995, Sandra’s experience has DSC_0015ranged from local Environment and Health & Safety (EHS) management with small firms to global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management with large multinationals. Sandra, a certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor and Greenhouse Gas Verifier, has conducted EHS management and compliance audits throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Sandra is an active member of the Canadian Advisory Committees on Environmental Management and Social Responsibility; these committees provide Canadian feedback to the ISO Technical Committees who develop the ISO 14001 and ISO 26000 standards, respectively.

Sandra is a Director of the Board for the Small Business Centre in London, Ontario; formerly a member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) Pollution Prevention Awards Advisory Board and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Environmental Quality Committee and former Director of the Board for the Environmental Management Resource Centre for Business.

Sandra earned her M.Sc. (Plant Science/Environmental Science) from the University of Western Ontario, where she returned to lecture at the Masters of Environment & Sustainability program. She is fluent in English and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.


Stephen Boles, President, Kuzuka

Stephen Bolesis the president and founder of Kuzuka Ltd., a sustainability services consulting firmsteve_boles with two locations in Ontario Canada. Stephenhas been active in the sustainable management community as a scientist and consultant for over 14 years. Stephen received his Master of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 and spent the next eight years working as a scientist at one of the world’s leading climate change research centers at the University of New Hampshire. 

As a consultant, Stephen has led sustainability projects for dozens of clients across various industry sectors, including several Fortune 500 multinationals. Stephen’s areas of expertise include GHG inventory planning and implementation, sustainability data verification, life cycle assessments, risk and opportunity assessments, and corporate sustainability planning.

Financial support for the Toolkit's development provided by:


Who Should Attend

This course will be of value to Sustainability Coordinators, Sustainability Team Leaders and Members, Sustainability Coaches and Champions, Municipal Sustainability and Communications leaders; Marketing and Corporate Communications Managers; business managers/owners and anyone planning to lead the development of a sustainability strategy within business, government or the not-for-profit sector. Bring your entire "sustainability team" to strengthen your implementation plan

Webinar Price: Regular

$ 35 plus Tax

Members of the Sustainability Learning Network can register for free.  Just register for the webinar after logging into the Network platform.

Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours) This program is part of SLC's Green Core Competency Certification. Completion of this course provides 1 units toward a Certificate of Sustainability Education.


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