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Boardrooms are increasingly navigating complex social issues as organizations face increased pressures from stakeholders to address an expanding roster of societal challenges.These issues, known as the ‘S’ within ESG, are gaining prominence as investors, employees, and customers call on boards to increase their engagement to address new challenges beyond what was previously considered their traditional mandate.

As boards are called upon to address these issues, these new considerations are influencing boardroom agendas and can critically impact an organization’s corporate culture and future performance. In this course, directors will gain practical strategies to monitor and assess the management of social issues, including internal organizational challenges, understand how to integrate social issues into boardroom conversations and how boards are setting parameters for future management engagement.

Who Should Participate?

This course is ideal for directors, aspiring directors, and c-suite executives of corporate boards of for-profit, Crown and not-for-profit organizations who want to improve their understanding and navigation of social issues within the boardroom.

Key Benefits

  • After completing all components of the course, participants will:
    • Understanding important considerations for boards when contemplating their role in engagement on social issues.
    • Knowing how to effectively prepare for, oversee, and conduct engagement around 'S' issues.
    • Practical insights from the successes and learnings of directors whose boards are effectively engaging with stakeholders.
    • Share knowledge and insights with course peers to gain practical ideas and tools for improved engagement on social issues within their own boardrooms.
    • Qualify for 8 CEUs toward the annual requirement to retain their ICD.D designation
    Participants will obtain the necessary skills and insights to engage effectively, advise and oversee management as social issues gain prominence in boardroom discussions


This program uses a blended online learning structure that weaves together best practices in adult education with opportunities to engage with peers.

  • The structure includes:
    1. Independent online learning (four to six hours) This is a critical component of the course (and includes videos, readings, polls and more). It introduces key concepts and will prepare participants for effective participation in the live session and ensure they are ready to apply learnings from the course to their board work. The required independent learning should be completed prior to the live session. It is meant to be completed at a pace that works best for each participant.

    2. Live, instructor-led session (approximately four hours)
      This instructor-led online session will focus on applying concepts covered their independent learning. Attendance at the live session is required for the course to be successfully completed. The live session may include class discussions, breakout group discussions and exercises, and Q & A with instructors and other experts.

    3. Supplemental resources and tools
      Participants will receive supplemental resources to augment the required components of their independent learning packages.

    4. Learning sustainment and engagement opportunities
      Following course completion, participants will be invited to join an Alumni Portal, becoming part of a community where they gain access to tools and resources to help apply course learnings in real-life settings. They will also have opportunities to engage in discussion forums with course peers to exchange questions, ideas and experiences and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Course Offerings

  • City Course Application Deadline Live session  Time
    Online OSI 8 November 7, 2023 November 28, 2023 12:15 p.m.-4:30p.m. ET 
    Online OSI 9 February 29, 2024 March 21, 2024 12:15 p.m.-4:30p.m. ET 


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