Capacity Building & E-Learning

Today we observe a new trend with many universities around the world offering online courses. These virtual lectures will fundamentally change the academic landscape. we want to profit from this development: Learning and communicating across any border - this is the idea behind our Academy feature. CSR ACADEMY is a virtual learning platform in collaboration with well-known universities and supranational organizations.  Courses are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will participate in webinars and watch lectures by globally reknown CSR experts and professors. One of the best advantages of online classes is flexibility: Learning by internet allows you to learn where and when it suits you best. There are no barriers by time shift. You can learn at your own pace and test your knowledge.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Introduction to Sustainability

Start Date: Jan 20th 2014

Length: 8 weeks

Estimated Effort: 8-10 hrs/week

Certificate: Yes, Free Certificate

Textbook / Materials: Yes, Free Textbook or Materials

Language: English


This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).


Stanford University

Sustainable Product Development

Start Date: Feb 3rd 2014

Length: 6 weeks

Estimated Effort: 4-6 hrs/week

Certificate: Yes, Free Certificate

Textbook / Materials: No Textbook or Materials

Language: English


This course focuses on strategies and techniques for development of sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Using case studies, we will examine strategic decisions and best practices in new product and process development when environmental and resource externalities are accounted for. Environmental sustainability has emerged as the imperative management undertaking for business sustainability in the face of rising global demand for natural resources and environment services and of environmental problems such as climate change. We will examine how regulatory and voluntary requirements for sustainable development affect the ability of a firm to achieve its business and corporate objectives. We will assess how sustainable products and operational practices contribute to the firm’s competitive advantage and operational efficiency and to enabling entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will examine the industrial ecology and life cycle assessment techniques in integrating traditional product and process development requirements with those of the environment and society. The emphasis in this course is on sustainability requirements in management of new product and process development from the perspective of the senior-level executive who is responsible for the firm’s business and operational strategies. Student teams will develop a new sustainable product, or undertake field study projects to gain firsthand experience with sustainability practices in a company.

The objective of this class is:
1. To develop an awareness of the need for sustainable development and the challenges/opportunities for business sustainability.
2. To develop awareness of the evolution of environmental sustainability concepts and associated governmental regulations and business response on a global scale.
3. To develop an understanding of the state-of-the-art practices in sustainable product development and manufacturing including industrial ecology, life cycle assessment and modeling techniques.
4. To gain an appreciation of the complexities associated with operationalizing sustainability in the framework of traditional business models for assessing return on investment in new products, production and operational initiatives.
5. To review the range of general management issues in addressing sustainability and to develop decision-making skills in development of sustainable products for commercial success.

Online Courses
  • Environmental Politics and Law

    Prof. John P. Wargo, Yale University

    Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Professor John Wargo introduces the central question of the course, "Can law shape a sustainable future for ten billion people?" The purpose of the course is to examine the most important U.S. laws adopted over the past forty years, and to evaluate their effectiveness. This is an online course by the reknown Yale University.  more[...]

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    Prof.  John P.  Wargo, Yale University 
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