Corporate Transitions for Sustainable Futures

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Intensifying societal pressure, investor expectations, and new regulations are pushing companies to disclose how they manage their impacts on society and the natural environment. To be credible, companies must articulate a clear strategy to address their impacts, risks, and opportunities. They must do this in a manner that is material, transparent and, where possible, backed by verifiable data.

As simple as this sounds on paper, in practice companies find themselves navigating competing priorities to simultaneously plot a more sustainable course while growing their businesses and making a profit. These demands are not easily reconciled.

This new course aims to equip South African business professionals, entrepreneurs, and business leaders with a deeper understanding of complex systems and the multiple environmental and social crises that shape the new normal. This understanding, paired with a set of practical tools for positive change, will help participants better understand how they can contribute to solutions through their organisations, regardless of their department or role.

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Dates

8 April – 24 May 2024

Facilitators

Makha Baloyi

Makha is currently completing an MCom in Development Finance at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). She has over seven years experience in the higher education sector and is passionate about research and teaching. She is a course facilitator for the PGDip in Development Finance programme at the GSB. Her research is focused on financing for socio-economic development, and after winning the Oxford Map the System competition in 2022, she was inspired to delve deeper into strategy development and institutional reform; utilising a systems-thinking approach to promote social and economic change.

Dr Jess Schulschenk

Jess has led teaching and consulting programmes in corporate governance, sustainability and community development for the public and private sectors. She is the Research Director for the Embedding Project, a global public-benefit research project that helps companies embed sustainability across their operations and decision-making. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, and an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University.

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8 April – 24 May 2024

Six modules over seven weeks, fully online

Modules cover an introduction to the global landscape and scientific consensus, a deep dive into the South African business context, complexity & systems thinking, the role of business and innovation, strategic partnerships, and personal strategy.

Requires 8-12 hours per week

A blend of live sessions and self-paced learning

R28 500 incl VAT*

(R25,650 for early applications before 8 February 2024; *Additional discounts available for group bookings – please enquire for more information.)

2 September – 18 October 2024

Six modules over seven weeks, fully online

Modules cover an introduction to the global landscape and scientific consensus, a deep dive into the South African business context, complexity & systems thinking, the role of business and innovation, strategic partnerships, and personal strategy.

Requires 8-12 hours per week

A blend of live sessions and self-paced learning

R28 500 incl VAT*

(R25,650 for early applications before 2 July 2023; *Additional discounts available for group bookings – please enquire for more information.)

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