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Stakeholder Engagement is an essential component of risk reduction and opportunity optimization for organizations.  In addition, it is a requirement of sustainability reporting under frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standard’s Board (SASB).  ISSP’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategies series is designed to provide the sustainability professional, at any level, insights into a proven systematic process for engaging priority stakeholders and identifying material issues for action.

Engage International's Wendy Firlotte will cover employee engagement in this interactive module.  Explore and understand more effectively how to develop a well-rounded approach to stakeholder engagement by successfully integrating corporate social responsibility into your sustainability programs.

Organizations of all sizes and functions consistently indicate their biggest employee engagement pain point is lack of participation.  The primary hurdle here is that few organizations are able to authentically translate their engagement strategies into aligned and transformational employee action.  We often link effectiveness with being purpose driven and embedding sustainability within the organization, but what does that mean exactly?  Essentially, we are looking for ways to mobilize employees and resources toward a shared sustainability purpose.  In other words, what we want to know is how do we start a sustainability movement?

In this module we will cover the foundations for planning and implementing a sustainability engagement strategy.   We will break down the process and framework needed to create an effective sustainability movement and the key elements for success from start to finish.

Participants will examine:

  1. What is a sustainability engagement strategy & its benefits
  2. Steps to starting a sustainability movement
  3. The fundamental features for building buy-in at every level
  4. How to scale program efforts across the organization
  5. The basics for systemizing program implementation & tracking
  6. The “all-in” approach for sustainability engagement and program planning
  7. The relevant concepts and approaches that foster a more sustainable culture & embed aligned employee action
  8. How to analyze and assess organizational strengths and challenges in order to apply relevant approaches for program implementation

This is the second of three courses in the Stakeholder Engagement 2017 series.  You can also check out Community Engagement with Kathryn Cooper and Supply Chain Engagement with Robb Dods, or get a 20% discount when you register for the complete series.


Wendy Firlotte, Corporate Sustainability Engagement Specialist, Engage International. Wendy works with clients to create purpose-driven, sustainability engagement programs for their employees.  With concrete, “how-to” steps, companies are able to effectively incorporate their unique organizational context, goals and grassroots efforts into embedded & aligned employee action. Wendy has developed, implemented and coordinated successful sustainability employee education and engagement programs for national and multinational firms.  She is a scientist, environmental manager and certified instructional designer, holding a master’s degree in sustainable development, focused on sustainability education and engagement.


This course is delivered online via two 1-hour live webinars and includes a 24/7 online 'classroom' experience.  The webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays, February 28th and March 7th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT-US. All graded assignments are due by March 10th.  Check for your timezone here.


  Audit Credit
ISSP Member $30 $100
AASHE/STAR Communities/USDN Member* $60 $160
Non-Member $130 $240

How course status works: Participants who choose to audit will have full access to live webinars, discussion forums, and all online course materials.  Participants who choose to audit do not have to complete homework assignments or quizzes (although there will still be readings), do not receive grades or feedback on assignments, and do not recieve a final grade.

Participants seeking credit have to complete - and pass - all homework assignments and quizzes.  Successful completion of these requirements will earn a passing grade and an individualized Certificate of Completion.

*Registrants who are not ISSP members but hold current memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; or the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) may register using the AASHE/STAR Communities/USDN rates. You must use your institutional email address when registering in order to receive the discount.

All times below are Pacific Time-US. Check for your timezone here.

February 28, 2017 11:00 AM   through   March 7, 2017 12:30 PM
Credit/Audit 2017
Credit $ 240.00
Audit $ 130.00
Credit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 160.00
Audit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 60.00
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