Executive education and CSR/Sustainability: What would you like from a London evening course?

I’m putting together a plan to run executive education on sustainability at Birkbeck College, University of London, where I teach CSR/Sustainable business.

It may or may not go ahead: That depends on the plan, the model and of course, ultimately the customers.

I’d be interested though, in knowing what readers might want from short courses, ‘certificated’ by Birkbeck in some way, on sustainable business/CSR.

I’m thinking initially at least, that a ‘beginners’ and an ‘advanced’ course on how sustainability / corporate responsibility issues are managed in businesses, and how they contribute to strategy and business opportunity as well as offset risk.

The idea is to be very practical and use experienced executives to teach the course alongside academic colleagues.

The short courses would be in the evenings, allowing participants to complete them whilst working.

All thoughts appreciated as per usual. It’s a work in progress, as is so much in life.


  1. Roger Cotton

    It may be a statement of the obvious Toby, but for the 'beginners', I'd make it abundantly clear of the consequences of not managing CSR/sustainability. Even if you think you must be talking to the converted because they are there in front of you, a little reinforcement of why they need to be there wouldn't go amiss.

  2. Thanks Roger, that's very helpful. I'll incorporate that in our plans.

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