The LeadSUS training programme combines both the management and engineering aspects of integrating sustainability in organisations and their products, services, and processes. It also deals with the assessment of an organisation’s sustainability performance and provides a practical approach to setting up relevant programmes, objectives and targets in a strategic sustainability approach. This approach leads to positive social, environmental and economic impacts in the long run. The training drives leadership understanding through strategic business approaches and innovation performance, taking into consideration environmental and social aspects as key issues toward sustainable development.
Unit 1. Foundation - Understanding Sustainability
This unit explains the objectives of the training program in terms of helping organisations to strive for sustainability. It elaborates on the meaning of sustainability and on relevant international standards and norms.
This element gives an overview of standards and norms that apply to the subject of sustainability. The proactive management of environmental aspects converges with enterprise risk management, corporate governance, operational, financial practices, and performance. Therefore international standards are becoming increasingly important for organisations to work with, towards common and comparable environmental management practices. The sustainability standard compliance supports their commitment and performance to the integration of sustainability in their organisations, products, and services. The program explains the scope and key benefits of the ISO standard families 14001, 26000, 31001, 50001.
This element introduces a program jointly driven by the UNIDO and the UNEP to advance sustainable industrial development, consumption, and production in developing and transition countries. Specifically, their joint Program on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) aims to improve resource efficiency and environmental performance of organisation, such as private businesses.
4. Materials and Waste
This element explains Social Responsibility in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which refers to companies taking responsibility for their impact on society. As evidence suggests, CSR is increasingly important to the competitiveness of enterprises. It can bring benefits in terms of risk management, cost savings, access to capital, customer relationships, human resource management, and innovation capacity.
3. Stakeholder Management
This element teaches key knowledge about the life cycle of products and services in terms of its phases and involved stakeholders. Life cycle awareness and knowledge is the very basis of sustainability thinking and engineering.
This element explains an integrated design approach towards the sustainably design of products, services and processes. The principal objective of eco-design is taking into account environmental sustainability aspects together with “usual” design in an integrated manner.
3. Life Cycle Assessment
This element explains and demonstrates Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is an increasingly important technique for assessing the potential environmental impact associated with a product or service.
4. Life Cycle Costing
This element teaches the fundamental notions of Life Cycle Costing (LCC) as a technique to establish the total cost of ownership (TCO). It is a structured approach that addresses all the elements of this cost and can be used to produce a spent profile of the product or service over its anticipated life-span. The results of an LCC analysis can be used to assist management in the decision-making process.
This element teaches the awareness for the importance of sustainability aspects for innovation. It is essential to understand the environmental considerations offer innovation opportunities both in products, services and processes.
3. Value Chain for Sustainability
4. Strategic Sustainability Management
This element investigates key issues related to the development of a business strategy for sustainability. The establishment of useful Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) assumes a central role in such a strategy.
5. Deployment of Sustainability in the Organisation
This elements deals with issues related to the actual deployment of sustainability measures within an organisation. In particular, the methods IEMS (Integrated Environmental Management System) and Environmental Cartography are explained.
6. Leadership in Sustainability
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