Reducing your ESG Risk using the ISO 26000 Framework (On-line Course)

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Course Code SC 126
Duration & Location On-Line Workshop, delivered in 4 sessions at 1.5 hours each (May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015).  All sessions recorded so you never miss a session.
Start and End Time

1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Timetestimonials

Complete the 3 assignments and receive a Certificate for your participation.

Course Description

Reducing your ESG Risk using the ISO 26000 Framework

ISO26000Your company’s performance and "license to operate" is increasingly measured on its impact on society, the environment and good organizational governance (ESG).

Corporations that fail to accommodate public interests through their private actions expose themselves to significant risks: they will lose customer markets; experience limited access to financial capital; and suffer disruptions to their supply of goods and services.

How do you know you have all your bases covered?

ISO 26000 provides guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance issues so that you can ensure your company has covered all the bases.  It has been systematically incorporated and aligned with other standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative and the AA1000.  It is a holistic standard by which you can measure your company's ESG risk exposure.

The perception and reality of your organization's management of ESG issues can positively or negatively influence:

  • Competitive advantage
  • Reputation
  • Ability to attract and retain workers or members, customers, clients or users
  • Maintenance of employees' morale, commitment and productivity
  • View of investors, owners, donors, sponsors and the financial community
  • Relationship with companies, governments, the media, suppliers, peers, customers and the community in which it operates.
  • Risk Assessment , Share Price and Corporate Valuation.

By participating in this program you will analyze your ESG gaps and gain insights into risk reduction strategies.

Who has Attended this Program

"A great course! It creates a good understanding of the connection between organizational management systems and how social responsibility can be included in these systems." (Jan Schwarz)

College of the North Atlantic, Mastronardi Produce, Concordia University, Pure + simple, Purolator Inc., Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, Town of Markham, Behr Process Corporation, Stantec, Port of Houston Authority, Electrical Safety Authority, McInnes Cooper, NSF International, City of Ottawa, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Ontario Ministry of Environment,TD Bank, Engineers Canada, Bentall Kennedy, Campbell Auditing Services Inc., Duke Energy International, The Delphi Group, Columbia University, Enviro-Stewards Inc., University of Guelph, HP, Bell Canada, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

What Gets Measured Gets Managed - "get guidance from ISO 26000"

It is important that an organization standardize the way it defines, manages and measures its impact on society and the environment to ensure continuing effective operations and sustainability.  The new ISO 26000 guidance document does just that. 

"It's important to know which sustainability metrics are most meaningful and integrate them with traditional business metrics." 

ANDREW WILCZYNSKI, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility TELUS

Bonus: Sustainability Toolkit

As a bonus, receive an introduction to the Sustainability Toolkit.




Learning Objectives

 What you will Learn:

At the conclusion of this practical, fast paced and hands-on program you will be able to:

• Define Social Responsibility using the ISO 26000 as it relates to Environmental, Social and Governance issues in your organisation.

• Apply Social Responsibility (ISO 26000) principles to current issues within your company and learn practical metrics and benchmarking methods.

• Identify ESG gaps in your current management systems and those of your supply chain.

• Integrate ISO 26000, a standardized social responsibility approach into your existing management systems and those of your supply chain.

• Explore tools, frameworks and software for practical application of ISO 26000 to reduce your exposure to ESG risks within your company.

The session will be delivered in four, 1.5 hour sessions

Session 1

1.    Introductions – Understanding your context for Environmental, Social and Governance management in your sustainability and CSR program.
2.    Define Social Responsibility using the ISO 26000 guidance document, make the link to sustainability and examine its standardization through the supply chain.
3.    Examine the practical benefits and business case for Environmental, Social and Governance management and ISO 26000.

Session 2

1.    ISO 26000 Principles and Practices including: Accountability, Transparency, Ethical Behaviour, Stakeholder, Rule of Law, International Norms & Human Rights
2.    Exercise: Stakeholder Identification and Engagement

Session 3

1.    ISO 26000 Core Issues including: Human Rights, Labour Practices, The Environment, Fair Operating Practices, Consumer Issues, Community Involvement & Development
2.    Exercise: Recognising Social Responsibility in your Organisation and Supply Chain

Session 4

1.    ISO 26000 Implementation Practices: Integration using existing management systems through your supply chain, including: Communication, Measurement and Continuous Improvement.

2.    Exercise: Identifying internal processes to manage Social Responsibility.

3.    Tools for Metrics Management - Software, Records, Internal and External Audit Process.

4.     Management Tools and Frameworks.

Trainer and Subject Matter Expert


Sandra Tavares, Principal, Tavares Group Consulting


Since 1995, Sandra’s experience has DSC_0015ranged from local EHS management with small firms to global Corporate Social Responsibility management with large multinationals. Sandra, a certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor, has conducted EHS management and compliance audits throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico; she has also recently been accredited by the California Air Resources Board as a Greenhouse Gas Verifier and Electricity Sector Specialist

 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 also a Director of the Board for the Small Business Centre located in London, Ontario.  Sandra is a former 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 programme.

Who Should Attend

 This course will be of value to:

  • All organisations / industry sectors
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Officers, Sustainability and Environmental Managers and Personnel
  • Environmental Health and Safety Managers and Personnel
  • Senior Management
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Any one responsible for integrating Social Responsibility into an existing management system
Course Price: Early Registration Date


Course Price: Regular


Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours)

Certificates of Participation in "Sustainability Education" will be awarded with 6 contact hours for this course.  This course contributes .6 CEUs toward Sustainability & CSR Certification under the  Social Responsiblity Pathway to Implementation.  For more information on Certification.

In partnership with:  Discounts for CBSR Members




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