Sustainable Development Audit for Organizations

To develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to identify sustainability issues within an organisation and to put in place suitable management systems for legal compliance and corporate responsibility purposes.

Awarding Body



25 Hours

Start Date

All Year Around

Study Mode

Classroom Workshop

By the end of this programme, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the issues relating to sustainability of an organisation
  • Be able to apply legislation, regulations and guidance on sustainability to organisations
  • Be able to ‘audit’ the sustainability of an organisation
  • Understand how to establish environmental management systems for organisations
  1. Understand the issues relating to sustainability of an organisation
  • Principles of sustainable development
    • Concepts of sustainable development (Brundtland Report, Agenda 21); corporate social responsibility and role of stakeholders; development of ideas around sustainable development; global and local issues; relationship to organisations; global organisations and interest – UN Earth summits etc.
  • Current issues
    • Current focus of sustainability agenda, Agenda 21 issues; examples of issues: climate change, fair trade, community issues, carbon footprints, carbon trading; how issues relate to and affect organisations, codes of practice
  • Specific businesses
    • Business activities and implications for sustainability; benefits to stakeholders; areas of relevance for specific businesses – global and local issues affecting and affected by business activities; examples of areas: carbon footprint, waste and water usage, use of natural resources, pollution, fair trade, organic farming, community issues, child labour issues; an understanding of environmental legislation – national and international; Act Local, Think Global idea; related costs e.g. taxation, cost of water use, cost of waste; importance to business of sustainability in relation to cost, social attitudes, compliance with law
  1. Be able to apply legislation, regulations and guidance on sustainability to organisations
  • Legislation, regulations and guidance
    • UK, European and/or international legislation (relevant to learner context); areas of legislation and guidance e.g. carbon use, pollution, water use; planning issues; source of guidance and regulation – industry bodies, local authorities, government, organisations (e.g. soil association, climate change bodies); influence of pressure groups, social attitudes, moral issues; environmental management standards; impact of legislation, guidance and regulation on business; corporate social responsibility
  • Relevance and application
    • Relevance of legislation to specific businesses – industry, national, international regulation affecting businesses; impacts in terms of operations and costs
  1. Be able to ‘audit’ the sustainability of an organisation
  • Research
    • Carrying out a sustainability ‘audit’ for an organisation to identify areas of relevance; ensuring compliance with legislation, regulation, codes of practice etc.; how sustainability can be improved – actions and policies to improve sustainability of business activities; example areas: water, waste, supply of materials and goods, use of natural resources, sales policies, transport, management of land and facilities, fair trade issues
  • Reporting
    • Report formats, making recommendations and indicating benefits, considering costs to the organisation
  1. Understand how to establish environmental management systems for organisations
  • Environmental management standards
    • Appropriate standards e.g.ISO14000/14001, importance of standards, impact of standards, health and safety issues
  • Application of standards
    • Buy-in from senior management and stakeholders, practical implications of applying standards, relevance to specific operations
  • Environmental management systems
    • Systems design and implementation, reporting mechanisms to stakeholders
  • Entry Level Managers

How many students are there in a classroom?

It depends on how many would enroll per intake. Even if the number of students are just 1, we still continue with the training as planned. The maximum number of students we will have in a classroom is 10.

Can I request a date that is convenient for me?

Absolutely! We will arrange the training that is convenient for you. The training date is completely customizable.

Can I change the course content?

Yes, if the contents of the course needs to be changed, please let us know. We will communicate with you and get a course outline that works for you finalized.

Does it matter which industry I work at?

It really doesn’t. We take cases and discuss them to cover your industry. If you need the course to be customized and tailored to your industry, we can also do that. You’d have to let us know in advance by filling out the form below.

(The fees include coffee breaks, study materials and working lunches daily)

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