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Corporate Governance and Sustainable Enterprise

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The Corporate Governance and Sustainability Enterprise course investigates business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability and the manifestation of social (sustainable) enterprise, with special emphasis on developing country contexts, particularly South Africa.


An overarching question is what role, if any, can enterprise play in the transition toward a ‘new economy’. Is social enterprise a legitimate ‘new economy’ trend that imbues a genuine shift in attitudes and behaviour, or is it a veil for business as usual? The central focus areas of the course will include:

The module delves into the differential dynamics of worldwide urbanisation, with particular reference to the global South. It demonstrates that these large-scale shifts in human movement, economic development and expansion of the built environment hold deeply troubling implications for sustainability.

However, biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being are all multidimensional issues characterised by complex interactions. The course discusses the possible tipping points that could trigger large, abrupt, nonlinear changes in ecosystems and society, which might threaten critical ecosystem services that support human well-being, especially amongst vulnerable groups in society.

When attending this short course at the Sustainability Institute, the entire space is part of the learning experience. Come and learn in an environment that is engaging and mindful, where discussions can be enjoyed with a diversity of people, creativity be renewed through immersion, where we learn with nature in mind and ensure just futures are sustained through generative thinking.

  • Defining corporate citizenship and social (sustainable) enterprise
  • Take a look at drivers for corporate citizenship and the business response
  • Ad Hoc through to strategic organisational level responses
  • Social entrepreneurship, and the role of social enterprise in society and business
  • Partnerships and critical collaboration
  • ‘New Economy’ trends through a social innovation lens
  • Leadership characteristics necessary to lead change

Who should attend

The course is ideal for individuals working within, or looking to engage further with the corporate sector as well as anyone who has an enterprise idea, regardless of what stage the idea is at, or who has ambitions to become a “changemaker” and that wants to learn more about the concept of social enterprise / entrepreneurship and how this relates to corporate governance and corporate sustainability.


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