Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sustainability Programs at International Institute for Learning

In 2014 International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) expanded its sustainability offerings with programs that can be followed either in the classroom or online. These programs of study explore key research on how companies can increase value, enhance reputation and improve image and brand through an integrated approach to strategic change. IIL is a global leader in training, consulting, coaching and customized course development Here are two sustainability focused programs from IIL Introduction to Sustainability for Organizations and Organizational Survival.

Introduction to Sustainability for Organizations 
Achieving Literacy in the Language and Challenges of Organizational Sustainability

This 1-day workshop provides you with an introduction to the importance of Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness (SCC) to organizations, including the concepts, research, tools, and techniques available to get started, as described in the book, Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future, written by Gregory Balestrero and Nathalie Udo.

Who Should Attend

All levels of commercial, government, and non-profit associates who want to learn more about how Sustainability can be practiced in their organizations.

Performance Focus

Learning the language of Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness Discovering how the Social, Economic, Environmental, and Ethical (SEEE™ Model) elements for sustainability practices are essential to achieve meaningful results Exploring the range of tools and techniques available to achieve meaningful organizational results What You Will Learn You’ll learn how to:

Explain environmental sustainability principles from an organizational and operational perspective Compare the concept of environmental sustainability with an expanded framework called the SEEE™ Model Identify key business and commercial tools that apply to organizations Analyze problems and opportunities to plan and deliver sustainable solutions Describe how a changing environment creates opportunities and risks for organizations Create an action plan for identifying potential changes, implementation support measures, and ways to explore future change opportunities in a target organization

Establishing a common sustainability lexicon Exploring common sustainability efforts Broadening your horizons with the SEEE™ model The Cause for Change

Introducing the SEEE™-based causes Expanding the Social cause Building the Economic cause Forging the Ethical cause Applying all toward the Environmental cause The Prototypes for Change

Demonstrating an analytical approach for getting the most out of the SEEE™ model Analyzing dramatic case studies that demonstrate the prototypes for change

The Catalysts for Change

Defining catalysts for sustainable action
Demonstrating the urgent need to act now
Defining opportunities that hit home
Engaging stakeholders strategically

Review of concepts, tools, and techniques Personal Action Plan
What did we learn and how can we implement this in our work environment?

Organizational Survival
Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future

The purpose of this course is to encourage and inspire organizations to strengthen their ability to deal with clear, emergent trends of the next 40 years. It is designed to assist an organization in developing a strategy that will address critical risks facing it over the next 25 years, and transform the organization by:

Enhancing the environment
Contributing to sustainable communities
Building a brand based on openness, accountability, and trust

This course presents the results of nearly 3 man-years of research into the leaders in sustainable transformation in nearly every industrial sector throughout the world. Across all business sectors, four common pillars of transformation drove these changes:

Social – A deliberate contribution to building sustainable communities through their value and supply chains
Economic – A conceptual shift from a pure profit motive to one focused on prosperity, particularly in the value chain of the organization
Environmental – A newfound respect and commitment to becoming environmentally friendly throughout their supply chains
Ethical – A focused effort to build trust in a broad range of stakeholders through accountability and transparency A key takeaway from this course is the knowledge of the real value created by sustainability, including wealth creation, by adopting sustainability as a core corporate value and the synergistic collaborations that can help achieve this.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals either responsible for, engaged in, or interested in sustainable transformation within an organization. Attendees include:

Executives or managers whose principal role is sustainability, corporate consciousness, or corporate social responsibility
Executives in Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Production or Manufacturing, who are considering the needs for developing a business case for change
Marketing and public relations specialists who are responsible for image and brand management.
Technical professionals and engineers who will be engaged in sustainability activities
Individuals interested in building an integrated strategy which embraces sustainability
What You Will Learn

You will learn how to:

Produce a Case for Change based on future risks, challenges, and emerging trends
Emulate companies, large and small, which transformed themselves into successful organizations in anticipation of these future trends
Develop the ROI and justification for this change
Build a clear roadmap for implementing strategic change
Create an action plan to begin changing your organization immediately

Course Materials

Best-selling book, Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future byGregory Balestrero and Nathalie Udo; McGraw-Hill, 2013.
Case studies on successful companies, including but not limited to Coca-Cola, Patagonia, Unilever, BMW and BASF
Various articles and materials on scenario planning, enterprise risk management, strategic planning, and sustainability metrics and reporting
Excel-based assessment tool to conduct an organizational self-assessment Course Overview

Building the Case for Change

Shaping awareness and collective perspective
Event: Analyses of real world examples
Exploring 21st century emerging trends and facts
Event: Interactive discussion on validity of personal beliefs vs. emerging trends
Investigating constraints on the global supply chain
Event: Introspective review at attendee organizations and impact on their organization’s supply chains
Creating the Case for Change
Analyzing the Awakening of Organizational Leadership

Evaluating existing and emerging economic models
Analyzing small and medium-sized organizations in which sustainability is a core value
Event: Detailed case studies such as Patagonia, Natura and Suntory
Analyzing large organizations in transition
Event: Detailed case studies such as BMW, Coca-Cola, BASF, Bayer and Walmart
Developing the Elements of ROI for Strategic Change

Learning to overcome resistance to change
Event: Case studies in dealing with resistance
Determining measurable value in corporate sustainability
Event: Case study in analyzing the competition
Building a stellar company brand and reputation
Event: Case study in brand value
Developing a Clear Roadmap for Strategic Change

Building the right framework for change
Event: Case study in synergistic collaborations
Developing the roadmap and the power of adaptive foresight
Event: Exercise in scenario planning
Balancing sustainability and profitable growth
Event: Case study on establishing a baseline – use the SEEE model™ to assess your approach
Summary and Next Steps

Recap of key concepts
Event: Exercise in building an action plan
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