On the 8th and 9th September 2021, Institut Sultan Iskandar organized the first run of the Decoding Sustainability Course (Operationalizing Sustainable Development). This course was organized to provide exposure and operational knowledge to executives, managers, and unit leaders in an organization or business to understand more about corporate sustainability including ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) as well as re-aligning their organizational/business practices and approaches with their sustainability goals.

In the first module by Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, ISI’s Sustainable Urban Form expert, the participants were introduced to the deeper origins of Sustainable Development, and how its main framework and principles can be utilized and operationalized in an organizational or business setting in practice.

Through the second module by Datin Nur Nazifah Ahmad Rosland, Manager of the Center for Sustainable Small-Owners, Asia School of Business, participants were introduced to the processes behind stakeholder engagements and the methods of approach in relation to stakeholder management.

In the third module the environmental requirements aspect was shared with the participants through the third speaker, Mr. Ahlami Mirza Ahmad, Manager (Environment) - Southern Office, AESSB, a Certified Erosion Sediment Control and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI).

The fourth module was presented by Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Bin Ujang, the Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Water, which focused on the Ministry’s present-day issues of concern such as climate change, and how some transformation towards change can be strategized via the “Eco-Shift” transformation.

The fifth module was a sharing session by a renewable energy entrepreneur who has years of experience using his business to contribute towards environmental, social, and economic goals under the SDGs. Mr Noor Shahiwan Ismail, the Founder, Suncrox Solar (Renewable Energy Entreprise) and the Top 10 Social Entrepreneur, 2017 Collective Global Accelerator Program, shared his hands-on experience and lessons on building a sustainable business legacy for the future.

The last module was presented by Ms Nadia Zaifulizan, a graduate of the Environment (Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions) major from The University of Melbourne who is a certified Sustainability Practitioner by the ICSP and a GRI Certified Professional. The last module covers aspects of ESG, as well as sustainability standards and expectations in a form of reflections for the entire course.

The Decoding Sustainability Course (Operationalizing Sustainable Development) is a comprehensive package of framework ideas and concepts combined with practical information, strategies, and methodologies to execute them. It provides a holistic basis of knowledge and practice for organizations who are planning to move towards a more sustainable pathway in their operations or supply chains.

For those interested to experience the course on behalf of their organizations or businesses, or for their own professional development, pre-registration of the next Decoding Sustainability Course (Operationalizing Sustainable Development) is now open and the program is scheduled to take place on 12-13 January 2022. You can also join the pre-registration if you would like to know more about the program, but have yet to decide on participating. Pre-registration links can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3hyvXy8

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