Certified CSR Practitioner Program

San Diego, California

Organizations that trust this program and Testimonies

CSE is a leading accredited provider of Sustainability (CSR) Training and consultancy internationally!

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, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) stakeholder and training partner to the Sustainability Management Association (SMA).


This program is offered in collaboration with the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible Impact Investing (SRIC) in San Diego, November 1-3, 2017.  Conference attendees receive a discount to the CSE training when they register for SRIC.  Book your accommodations now at the Hotel del Coronado at the conference rate

Fields That Benefit

  • Investors and Investment Professionals
  • Shareholder Advocacy
  • Asset and Fund Managers
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Sustainability / CSR
  • Environmental Management

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 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.

Key Modules to be Covered

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

  • 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

MODULE 2: Current Global and Local Legislation for Sustainability and GHG Emissions

  • 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

MODULE 3: Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards & Guidelines (UN Global Compact, GRI , SROI)

  • 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



MODULE 4: Responsible Communication and How to Avoid Blue and Green Washing

  • What are ‘Green’ and ‘Cause-Related’ Marketing?
  • Responsible communication
  • How to avoid blue and green washing (related videos will be presented)

MODULE 5: The importance of Sustainability in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction

  •  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

MODULE 6: Sustainability (CSR/ ESG) Reporting  Based on GRI and How to Communicate

  • 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

MODULE 7: External Assurance

  • The importance of external assurance
  • What is external assurance for sustainability
  • Assurance process
  • Assurance standards

MODULE 8: The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner and Future Trends

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.


How to maximize your knowledge and focus on your challenges after training

Many Certified Practitioners usually need our help after the training.

During the training we will provide you with more information on our free couching services

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


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)

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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 development2@cse-net.org) 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.
  • 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 50 Euro 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'.