Rotman ESG Designation
Align business models with responsible practices and earn your ESG.D designation. In partnership with the Lee-Chin Institute.
Environment, social, and governance practices – or ESG – have moved from a sideline concern to a central driver of business today. Investors, communities and governments are demanding attention and transparency around performance and strategy on ESG issues which now define the new business landscape. To meet this demand and transform your organization from within, you need high-quality ESG training.
Rotman’s ESG designation is designed for professionals seeking a thorough understanding of how to align business models with responsible practices to unlock innovation opportunities, mitigate risk, meet rising standards for accountability and transparency, and to ensure long-term organizational performance.
This hybrid program delivers more than hands-on, high-quality learning. It is also a pathway towards earning your Rotman ESG designation (ESG.D), granted by the Rotman School of Management. This designation represents your lifelong commitment to excellence and demonstrates to employers and clients that you understand how to build ESG considerations into sound business strategies.
To earn your ESG designation, you must complete
- all in-person sessions,
- all half-day online modules
- a capstone project and
- a designation exam.
The capstone project ensures you have fully synthesized key learnings and applied them to a real business case. The exam certifies that you have also achieved the desired bar of applied knowledge.
What you’ll learn:
Upon successful completion of this program, you will:
- Identify commonly used ESG terms and frameworks
- Apply common ESG tools
- Identify the diverse relevant parties of a firm and identify their critical issues
- Recognize the main reporting frameworks used in ESG
- Explain how capital markets use ESG information in decision-making
- Use innovation, design, and partnership strategies to solve challenges with particular environmental, social, and governance issues.
Earning and Maintaining Your Designation
In addition to core program curriculum, you will work on a capstone project that ties key learnings from the program to a real business case guided by program faculty. This will allow you to apply your learnings to a live challenge and demonstrate mastery of the key concepts.
After completing the ESG Program, you will become eligible to write the designation exam. Upon passing the exam, you earn the Rotman ESG Designation (ESG.D). The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
You must achieve a minimum score of 70% overall to earn the Rotman ESG Designation (ESG.D). You may write the exam up to two times/year over a two-year period following completion of the Program for a fee of $250 plus taxes for each seating. Your first sitting of the exam and your first year of membership in the designation are included in your program fee. After the two-year period, you would be required to retake the program in order to qualify for further attempts at the exam.
Once you have successfully completed all program elements, including the course content, passing the exam, and completing the capstone project, you will be granted the ESG designation.
Using the Designation
Upon successfully completing your examination, ESG.D can accompany your name in official biographies, on business cards and in email signatures.
Maintaining Your Designation
To ensure holders of the Rotman ESG Designation stay up to date in their field, retaining status as a designation holder will require a commitment to the following:
- Complete a minimum of 10 relevant continuing education units (CEUs) annually
- Submit a report of your activities to Rotman along with $200 CAD to maintain your ESG designation
The following are the broad categories of activities that will be considered for CEUs:
- Continuing Education/Events: Activities include events sponsored by the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship and other ESG conferences, webinars and courses
- Instruction/Mentorship: For example, speaking at ESG related conferences and events
- Articles/Research: Such as researching and authoring articles on ESG topics
- Board/Committee Volunteer: including serving as an ESG representative to guide a board’s strategy
Parts of this program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. Terms and conditions for Zoom usage can be found here: https://zoom.us/terms. This program requires a stable internet connection, the latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser, and use of a microphone. Access to a webcam is preferred but optional.
Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.
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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.
Participant Notification Process
If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.
Payment and Fee Reduction
Payments can be made online. A deposit of 50% of the program fee (or $4,000) is required at time of application. If the full fee is not paid at the time of application, the balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before program start date, whichever is first. Fees will be refunded to those not accepted into the program.
Rotman Executive Program graduates and Rotman alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on this program. This discount does not apply to any early bird fees. Discounts cannot be combined but we will honour the greater discount amount towards the program fee. For more information on additional discounts, visit RotmanExecutive.com/Discounts. Discounts are not redeemable for cash.
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