Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Corporate Governance & Sustainability

Business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability range from ad hoc and project driven through to strategic and integrated. This module will investigate the drivers, approaches and barriers for corporate actors to realise sustainable business practices with special emphasis on developing country contexts and particularly South Africa. 

Business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability range from ad hoc and project driven through to strategic and integrated. This module will investigate the drivers, approaches and barriers for corporate actors to realise sustainable business practices with special emphasis on developing country contexts and particularly South Africa.

Key themes to be explored include the range of activities that corporates could be undertaking in order to transition towards embedding sustainability into organisational culture, leadership and strategy. In this module, we take a systems perspective to explore corporate governance and responsible investment practices as part of the broader context in which businesses operate. We also look at the role of partnerships and collaboration in the transition to sustainable business. 

Learning outcomes include:

  •  Understanding the market forces and context in which businesses operate, including temporal distortions, the externalisation of complex socio-ecological issues and ethics;
  • Understanding the diversity and complexity of the motives, implementation challenges, and assessments of corporate sustainability initiatives;
  • Applying the concepts to past, existing, or proposed initiatives by business, either in terms of individual companies or collectively, as well as the role played by the public sector and civil society in promoting corporate sustainability initiatives.

Target Group

This module is aimed at individuals working within, or looking to engage further with the corporate sector. Participants should anticipate to:

  • Gain a core understanding of the fundamentals of what constitutes a sustainable business and their role in the transition to a sustainable economy, as a consumer, employee, entrepreneur and citizen;
  • Engage in debate on whether corporate sustainability reflects a genuine shift in attitudes and behaviour.
  • Identify opportunities to realise organisational and systems level changes

jess

Jess is the Director of the Sustainability Institute. She is an extraordinary lecturer with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch, coordinating the Corporate Governance and Sustainable Enterprise module for the PGD and MPhil programmes.