Short courses

Corporate Governance & Sustainable Enterprise

This course investigates business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability and the manifestations of social (sustainable) enterprise, with special emphasis on developing country contexts, particularly South Africa. An overarching question is what role, if any, can enterprise play in the transition toward a ‘new economy’. Is social enterprise a legitimate ‘new economy’ trend that imbues a genuine shift in attitudes and behaviour, or is it a veil for business as usual?

Central focus areas will include:

  • Defining corporate citizenship and social (sustainable) enterprise
  • Take a look at drivers for corporate citizenship and the business response
  • Adhoc through to strategic organisational level responses
  • Social entrepreneurship, and the role of social enterprise in society and business
  • Partnerships and critical collaboration
  • ‘New Economy’ trends through a social innovation lens
  • Leadership characteristics necessary to lead change


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Individuals working within, or looking to engage further with the corporate sector as well as anyone who has an enterprise idea, regardless of what stage the idea is at, or who has ambitions to become a Changemaker and that want to learn more about the concept of social enterprise/ entrepreneurship and how this relates to corporate governance.


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. Jess is also Research Director for the Embedding Project, a global public-benefit research project that helps companies embed sustainability across their operations and decision-making.