Global GDP is expected to shrink by more than 5% (World Bank, June 2020) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, making it one of the four most severe downturns of the last 150 years. How will governments and citizens respond to this economic crisis, which, according to the IMF, will have the greatest impact on low-income households? Even before Covid-19 governments had begun to adopt more nationalist policies, led by the example of the “America First” policies of the US president. In future some may prioritize efforts to recoup their economic losses and neglect the sustainability agenda as ‘unaffordable’ . Citizens on the other hand may respond to the Covid-19 crisis by becoming more self-sufficient, less focused on consumption and less reliant on the benefits that global trade had previously brought. Not all initial signs are encouraging: some countries are becoming less neighbourly and less inclined to co-operate on, for example, the distribution of vaccine treatments, for fear that they will have to hand over vaccine to other countries rather than issue vaccines to their own people. However the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a consequence of lockdowns was remarkable. This interactive 90-minute online course looks ahead to how the sustainability agenda may develop and considers the pluses and minuses for sustainability playing a greater role in public, corporate and private life.
Developing Trends in the Sustainability agenda
- Recent anti-globalization trends
- the impact of Covid-19 on the sustainability agenda
- will a global recession make sustainability unaffordable?
This online course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will be of real value to:
- Community Relations managers and executives
- Health, Safety and Environmental managers and officers
- Risk managers and professionals
- Legal and compliance managers and professionals
- Managers and staff who wish to develop business practices to help their organizations act in a responsible way.
- Managers and staff concerned with influencing or implementing corporate strategies that consider environmental, social and governance issues.
- Managers and staff responsible for CSR projects.
- Managers and staff who plan and implement corporate policies in relation to community relations, environmental protection, health and safety, procurement and the supply chain.
- Any member of the organization who is tasked with developing sustainability or corporate responsibility initiatives or strategies.
- Executives tasked with delivering business results while at the same time protecting and enhancing their company’s reputation for responsible behaviour.
Upon completion of this online course, you will have considered:
- the developing trends in the sustainability agenda
- the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential economic decline
- Sustainability Scorecard – Pluses and Minuses in recent sustainability behaviours and initiatives
Duration: 1 week
Duration: 3 days
Duration: 1 day
Duration: 1 day
Duration: 1 day