Sustainability essentials - micro course

This foundational micro course is aimed at financial professionals with limited experience in sustainability principles and concepts. It focuses on understanding sustainability, and how sustainability principles can be applied in a work practice.​ Learners will be primed to commence deeper dives into further sustainability topics.

This is a foundation micro course to quickly upskill someone with littleexperience in sustainability principles and concepts. It focuses onunderstanding sustainability, and how sustainability principles canbe applied in work practice. 


At the end of this micro course, learners will be primed to commencedeeper dives into further sustainability topics. 


Topic areas 

  •  What is sustainability? 
  • The universe of sustainability issues, SDGs 
  • Connecting with First Nations knowledge 
  • How is sustainability good for business? 
  • The role of finance professionals 
  • Who are your stakeholders? 
  • Identifying and analysing stakeholders 
  • Assess your ESG (environmental, social and governance) exposure 
  • Mapping and rating ESG risks 
  • Identify opportunities to improve 
  • Integrate ESG into practice 

Benefits of attending this course: 

  • Stay up to date in an ever-changing environment – alleviate fears of obsolescence or being left behind
  • Identify new terms and concepts within the sustainability landscape
  • Increase your value within the workplace by building ESG into your organisations strategy
  • Build future-focused capability in the sustainability space. 

By attending this micro course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Define environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues 
  • Evaluate why sustainability is important to business and stakeholders 
  • Analyse sustainability risks and opportunities in an organisation  
  • Research and plan to integrate or improve ESG-related issues within an organisation.

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Sustainability Essentials consists of one 2hr self-paced digital learning course and one 2hr virtual panel discussion.

The above self-paced timings are an estimate. The courses provide the flexibility to access the online content at any time and study at your own pace. The time it takes you to complete the digital learning component will depend on your level of prior knowledge, competency level and pace of study.

The courses do not have a mandatory assessment component. However, you are encouraged to attempt online quizzes to challenge yourself and validate your understanding of the course topics.

Workshops will be provided at scheduled intervals and will be readily available so you can join a workshop when you are ready to do so; but ideally after you’ve completed the corresponding digital component.


This course will be taught on the CA ANZ My Capability - Learn Learning Management System, which can be accessed via computer, laptop or other similar technology. For an excellent experience, the technical requirements below are recommended, however the course will function with lower specifications. 

Operating system 

  • Windows 10 (latest version) 
  • Mac OSX Catalina (10.15) 

Internet speed 

  • 10 Mbps download 
  • 4 Mbps upload 

Web browser 

  • Chrome (latest version) 
  • MS Edge (latest chromium version) 

RAM (random access memory) 

  • 8 GB (<75% used) 

Screen resolution 

  • 1280 x 1024 px 

Webcam resolution 

  • 1280 x 720 px 

Hardware requirements 

  • Headset with microphone 


Topic: Future Focused

Sub-Topic: Sustainability

Format: Blended Learning

Proficiency Level: Foundation, Intermediate

CPD: Upto 4 hours