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Sustainability and Restoring Our Earth - Earth Day 2021

  • 8 Courses | 3h 51m 41s
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In today’s business world, sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have, but a strategic necessity. The pressures on companies to be more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable are mounting on many fronts. Consumers and shareholders expect more than mere lip service – they want demonstrated commitment. And that’s where Skillsoft’s Sustainability and Restoring Our Earth - Earth Day 2021 Journey comes in. This three-track Journey provides a roadmap for broadening the knowledge and skills you need to understand how business sustainability works and then take steps to make it part of your, and your organization’s, vision, and strategy. You’ll learn about aligning business strategies with sustainability efforts, remaining financially successful while becoming socially and environmentally responsible. You’ll explore how to sustainable practices can unleash creativity that leads to innovation, and how protecting the future can lead to competitive advantage in the marketplace. Each learning track in the Journey comprises a carefully curated set of resources chosen by subject matter experts and thought leaders, taking advantage of multi-modal learning tools. These include Skillsoft courses, expert videos, and book excerpts. You’ll have access to resources that don’t just introduce you to the key skills and competencies you need to master the challenges of sustainability, but also let you dive into them as deeply as you desire, using the core instruction in the journey as a springboard to your ongoing personal and professional growth.

Sustainability Foundations

Oxford Languages defines sustainability as "the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level" and "avoidance of the depletions of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance". In today’s business world, sustainability is a strategic necessity. The pressures on companies to be more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable are mounting on many fronts. Consumers and shareholders expect more than lip service – they want demonstrated commitment. In this course, you’ll learn about ways to identify areas where you can implement sustainable business practices, and some key lessons that can help you integrate sustainability into your company’s business strategy. Finally, you’ll learn about some concepts that may help you discover other ways you can move your company into higher levels of sustainability by considering some larger systems approaches.

  • 2 Courses | 59m

Sustainability in Practice

So much has changed since the first Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. For one, the global pandemic being experienced around the world has drastically adjusted how we work and live and we have started to see how these changes are effecting the environment. As we approach Earth Day 2021 we need to continue to be deliberate and diligent in our efforts to create a sustainable world. Will you be a part of the change?

  • 1 Course | 36m 26s

Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability is at the forefront of our social and economic discussions . Todays leader will need to recognize their role in creating a sustainable environment when setting the course for their organizations development and growth.

  • 5 Courses | 2h 16m 15s

COURSES INCLUDED

Building a Strategic Commitment to Sustainability
In today’s business world, sustainability is a strategic necessity. The pressures on companies to be more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable are mounting on many fronts. Consumers and shareholders expect more than lip service – they want demonstrated commitment. In this course, you’ll learn about ways to identify areas where you can implement sustainable business practices, and some key lessons that can help you integrate sustainability into your company’s business strategy. Finally, you’ll learn about some concepts that may help you discover other ways you can move your company into higher levels of sustainability by considering some larger systems approaches. Materials in this course are based upon content provided in partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review.
6 videos | 30m
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Weighing Risks and Opportunities of Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
As the planet’s environment changes, so do its effects on the business world. Environmental changes impact business practices. From natural resources to supply chains, to logistics, to energy sources, to customer behaviors and demographics, businesses must adapt or be left behind. Further, climate change requires businesses to adopt sustainable practices in order to remain economically viable and environmentally responsible. In this course, you will learn about the organizational risk companies face if they don’t embrace sustainability, some common reasons why organizations resist such a move, potential business opportunities presented by sustainable practices, and the business benefits of adapting sustainable business practices. Materials in this course are based upon content provided in partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review.
5 videos | 28m
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The Effects of Environmental Change on Business
As the planet’s environment changes, so do its effects on the business world. Environmental changes impact business practices. From natural resources to supply chains, to logistics, to energy sources, to customer behaviors and demographics, businesses must adapt or be left behind. Further, climate change requires business adopt sustainable practices in order to remain economically viable and environmentally responsible. In this course, you’ll learn about how the changing environment impacts businesses, economically, environmentally, and socially. You’ll learn about local regulations and global agreements that affect how businesses may operate, and the clean tech and steps toward sustainability that companies can take to create sustainable business practices. Materials in this course are based upon content provided in partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review.
5 videos | 36m
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Horizon Scanning: Identifying Future Opportunities
The most successful organizations can spot signs of change and adapt to it - or even better - seize change as an opportunity. This capability to scan the horizon of the future is also known as environmental scanning. In this course, you’ll learn what horizon scanning is and how it can benefit your business.

You’ll also learn to recognize key areas of change and understand the steps involved in horizon scanning. In addition, you’ll learn how to analyze the data you collect and communicate it so the best decisions can be made.
6 videos | 35m
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Identifying Risks in Your Organization
Risk is an inevitable aspect of any business. As a manager, it's important that you mitigate or avoid the potential impact of a risk if it comes to pass, to ensure the long-term survival of your organization. This course focuses on the first step in managing risk, identifying risks to your organization. You’ll explore the difference between internal and external risks, and how some risks may actually present a strategic opportunity. You’ll also learn how to use some techniques that can help you identify risks and calculate the probability that they will occur, including root cause identification, the Delphi technique, and brainstorming sessions.
7 videos | 27m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Solve Problems Using Systems Thinking in the Workplace
Systems thinking allows you to understand how systems work, as well as your role in them. Systems thinking affords you the ability to see the interrelationships among all events, putting you in a better position to address problems.
6 videos | 26m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Verifying and Building on Creative Ideas
You might not describe yourself as a creative person, but everyday activities – like problem solving or spotting opportunities – rely on your creative thinking and innovation. Originality is key, but your ideas also have to work within real-world constraints. In this course, you'll learn about the different stages of innovating and techniques for verifying the workability of your ideas. You'll also discover guidelines and techniques for building on and testing an idea, such as  brainstorming. The course outlines when to use research and simulations to check the workability of an idea, and it discusses ways to build on ideas effectively.
6 videos | 21m
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Developing Your Business Ethics
It's not always easy to decide between right and wrong at work. Making ethical decisions can help you to discern the right thing to do in difficult situations.  You might think that business ethics are only an issue for upper management, but in fact, every employee should understand the importance of ethical decision making. In this course, you'll learn some common myths about business ethics. You'll learn about different approaches to ethics, the values and standards in a typical code of conduct, and how to develop your own code. You'll also learn ways to overcome obstacles to ethical behavior and steps for making ethical decisions.
8 videos | 25m
has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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