Strategic Approaches to Sustainability 

Part of the ModularMaster in Sustainability programme

This course seeks to equip sustainability professionals with the foundational knowledge required to build a sustainability strategy. By first looking into the history and drivers of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), participants will develop a deeper understanding of various sustainability models such as corporate citizenship and Triple Bottom Line accounting, to eventually apply them to their own organisation. Participants will learn key strategies in implementing stewardship, engagement, and governance, as well as how to avoid pitfalls like greenwashing.

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Course Details

Course Dates: Oct 2023 (9, 10, 11, 26, 27)

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Closing Date: 25 Sep 2023

5 days, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend

Senior Sustainability Consultant; Senior Sustainability Manager; Sustainable Procurement Specialist; Sustainable Finance Manager; Senior Risk Analyst; Sustainability Project Manager; Senior Environmental Programs Specialist; Supply Chain, Sustainability & Energy Manager; Director of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs; Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Head of Sustainability; Chief Sustainability Officer

Minimum Entry Requirement

  • Good English proficiency
  • Relevant work experiences

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to / can expect to:

  • Explain ESG drivers, risks, and opportunities

  • Appreciate various complexities and perspectives of stewardship, engagement, and governance

  • Understand and emulate the process of developing a sustainability strategy

Day 1
  • History & evolution of ESG
  • ESG drivers I: License to operate, long-term value to the firm 
  • ESG drivers II: Regulatory factors, physical risks and transition risks 
  • Exercise: Identifying ESG drivers in your organisation
  • ESG risks and opportunities: E factors
  • ESG risks and opportunities: S factors
  • ESG risks and opportunities: G factors
Day 2
  • Stewardship and engagement: objectives and obstacles
  • Engagement I: Forms, styles, tools, and partners
  • Engagement II: Strategies, best practices and regulations
  • In-class Assignment 2: Building an engagement plan for an issue in your organisation
  • Steward leadership I: Management and corporate level 
  • Steward leadership II: Board and investor level 
  • Steward leadership III: Value chain and societal level 
Day 3
  • Implications of Triple Bottom Line accounting
  • Activating corporate citizenship and purpose 
  • Performing a materiality assessment
  • In-class Assignment 1: Mapping issues to stakeholders in your organisation
  • Identifying and leveraging core competencies
  • Systematic value chain mapping
  • Using Theory of Change to develop a sustainability strategy
Day 4
  • Why and when Governance matters more 
  • Management structure and compensation: Best practices & pitfalls
  • Audit and reporting activities: Best practices & pitfalls
  • Exercise: Mapping governance structures in your organisation
  • Recognising and avoiding greenwashing
  • Strengthening data governance and building digital trust
  • Team Project briefing and preliminary planning
Day 5
  • Team Project: Developing a sustainability strategy for your organisation
  • Assignments
  • In-class participation
  • Team Project
Subject Credits
Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing GST.

Policies and Financing Options

SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

SUTD will have to claim the full course fee from participant who is unable to fulfil the SSG funding requirements stated below.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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