Course Information

In this 6-hour course you will learn about approaches to sustainable development, the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, corporate social responsibility, the triple bottom line (social, economic and environmental sustainability), the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the circular economy. 

Learners have 90 days to work through the course materials.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  
  • Describe the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and identify actions your business can take toward implementing it
  • Discuss the purpose of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
  • Apply principles of sustainable development to your business
  • Differentiate between corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line
  • Describe how corporate social responsibility is linked to increased profits
  • Identify key strategies of corporate social responsibility
  • Understand the principle of Leave No One Behind
  • Identify the principles of a circular economy and apply the principles of a circular economy to your business 
  • Learn from case studies of sustainable businesses and sustainable development initiatives  
  • Identify networks and resources with which you can network and partner to take action toward being a more sustainable business.  


Learner's who successfully complete the course will earn the following Digital Badge and Certificate of Course Completion 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Course Information

    • Course Navigation

    • Learning Outcomes

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Introduction to Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Lesson 1: Learning Objectives

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • What is Sustainable Development?

    • Who is Responsible for Sustainable Development?

    • Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Overview

    • Corporate Social Responsibility

    • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    • The Circular Economy

    • Lesson Summary

    • Knowledge Check

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

    • Lesson 2: Learning Objectives

    • Federal Sustainable Development Strategy: 2019 - 2022

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • Clean Growth Goal

    • Sustainable Food Goal

    • Sustainable Tourism Goal

    • Cooperative-Led Initiatives

    • Sustainable Manufacturing

    • OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit

    • Lesson Summary

    • Knowledge Check

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Corporate Responsibility & Triple Bottom Line

    • Lesson 3: Learning Objectives

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    • What Drives a Business? Profit or Purpose?

    • Importance of Your Mission Statement

    • United Nations Global Compact - Guiding Your Sustainability Journey

    • Corporate Social Responsibility vs Triple Bottom Line

    • Industry Canada's CSR Implementation Guide

    • Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets

    • Lesson Summary

    • Knowledge Check

  • 5

    Lesson 4: The 2030 Agenda

    • Lesson 4: Learning Objectives

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • What are the Sustainable Development Goals and Why are They Important?

    • Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy

    • Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy Interim Document

    • Canada's Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    • Leave No One Behind

    • 30 Actions to 2030

    • Applying the 2030 Agenda

    • Sustainable Development Goal Compass

    • SDG Compass Guide

    • Examples of Companies Implementing the 2030 Agenda

    • Lesson Summary

    • Knowledge Check

  • 6

    Lesson 5: The Circular Economy

    • Lesson 5: Learning Objectives

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • Two Main Processes of a Circular Economy

    • Business Case for a Circular Economy

    • Cradle to Cradle

    • Thinking in Circular Terms

    • Circular Opportunities Worksheet

    • Circular Economy Toolkit

    • National Zero Waste Council: Circular Economy Business Toolkit

    • Zero Waste Hierarchy

    • Canada’s First Circular Food Economy

    • City of Guelph's Creating Canada’s First Circular Food Economy Booklet

    • Flourishing Business Canvas

    • Lesson Summary

    • Knowledge Check

  • 7

    Next steps

    • You're Almost Done!

    • Before you go...

Course Author

Course Author

Renée Gendron

Renée Gendron is principle/owner of Vitae Dynamics. She extends business consultation services to SMEs to help them develop their ecosystem, develop resources, and prosper. She also extends custom workshops to develop skills, leadership, and conflict resolution abilities. She is keenly interested in larger economic processes and systems, and facilitates an online course on social entrepreneurship for Sault College.