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Environmental Social Governance

5 credits

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Full course description

Organisations have been making efforts to become more green, more ethical, culturally respectful, and more transparent with their operations. So why does good governance matter more now than ever before?

In this credential, you will look at governance in the minerals and natural resources sector in relation to sustainability, cultural awareness and environmental protections, and ramifications of commercial operations.

You’ll learn the legal requirements for ethical and just behaviour in this industry, including adherence to global accords, and civil and human rights treaties and local agreements. Through case studies, you’ll discover different ways this governance is interpreted and challenged – in community and stakeholder relationships, energy use, waste, pollution, natural resource conservation, safety, and company transparency.

You’ll gain a new perspective of what is truly considered to be ‘sustainable’ or ‘Indigenous’ and discuss ways in which organisations can improve their environmental, social and safety governance.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • those who wish to discover quality environmental and sustainable statement and action.


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • explain the different ways in which sustainability can be framed and conceptualised
  • analyse what ‘good governance’ means
  • evaluate local and international responses to crises of governance
  • acknowledge the historical and contemporary perspectives, rights and claims of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • develop statements and plans that typify quality sustainable and environmental outcomes for all.


Key Topics

Your learning journey includes access to two online modules.

Module 1 – Key ESG Concepts

In this topic we will ask the questions will be asked and explored through a suite of applied learning activities and reflections; what might “redemption” look like in a corporate and reputation context? How might corporate and financial performance challenge notions of good governance?

Module 2 – Managing ESG

In this topic we will investigate how ESG plans fit into the organisation: some of the ways in which to manage stakeholders internal and external. Also introduced are the topics of cultural consultation and participatory life plans, and why this is critical for a social license to operate.



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment. In your final assessment, you’ll build and present an ESG plan of your organisation, or an organisation of your choice.


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Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.

You will also earn 5 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential. 100 credit points are required to earn a Graduate Certificate at Curtin.


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For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This program involves 30 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments. However to pass and earn 5 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

^Learning is done completely online.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Duration: 30 hours

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: ~$600 (incl. GST)§

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