Continuing & Professional Education

ESG and Supply Chain Strategies: Profits with a Purpose

Earn a Microcredential

Courses for everyone 1

Social Pro­cure­ment and ESG are gain­ing inter­est across Cana­da as cor­po­ra­tions adopt more sus­tain­able prac­tices. As munic­i­pal­i­ties and orga­ni­za­tions across Cana­da adopt these prac­tices, there will be an increased demand for skilled prac­ti­tion­ers. This micro-cre­den­tial would allow us to pro­vide ground­break­ing train­ing, build­ing addi­tion­al cre­den­tials as the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty embraces ESG and SP.

This course will cov­er envi­ron­men­tal, social and gov­er­nance (ESG) prin­ci­ples and how they apply to social pro­cure­ment. Focus­ing on emerg­ing prac­tices, pur­chasers will learn how to make busi­ness deci­sions based on a broad­er set of val­ues, includ­ing the var­i­ous fac­tors of ESG, the cir­cu­lar econ­o­my, best prac­tices in sup­ply chain strate­gies, KPI and the impact on prof­itabil­i­ty. These prac­tices tie into the UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.

This course is intend­ed for pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor entry to senior-lev­el buy­ers and pri­vate sec­tor man­age­ment at all lev­els. Par­tic­i­pants will learn the prin­ci­ples and pur­pose of ESG and SP in busi­ness, focus­ing on sourc­ing strate­gies. This micro-cre­den­tial will pre­pare pro­fes­sion­als to work in var­i­ous indus­tries and play an inte­gral part in Alberta’s ESG strat­e­gy. Sam­ple job titles include Sus­tain­able Sourc­ing Man­ag­er, Senior Spe­cial­ist, Social Pro­cure­ment, and ESG Cus­tomer Strategist.

Par­tic­i­pants will under­stand the prin­ci­ples and pur­pose of ESG and SP in busi­ness, focus­ing on sourc­ing strate­gies. They will attain work­ing knowl­edge of the best and lead­ing sup­ply chain prac­tices. Includ­ing how to engage with social enter­pris­es; devel­op­ing rel­e­vant KPIs; key pol­i­cy claus­es, trade agree­ment oblig­a­tions at nation­al and inter­na­tion­al lev­els; strate­gies and tac­tics; aware­ness of cir­cu­lar econ­o­my impacts and busi­ness and gov­ern­ment; and ben­e­fits and risks of ESG and SP 


ESG principles and practices

Social procurement leading practices and alignment with trade agreements

Circular economy meets supply chain strategies

Policy and KPIs

Working with social enterprise

Earn a Microcredential
in ESG and Supply Chain Strategies: Profits with a Purpose
  • Can be completed in 3 months
  • Pay as you go
  • Start today – no need to apply for admission
  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep