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IoD announces collaboration with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society to offer online professional development on sustainability

03 Nov 2021

The Institute of Directors is delighted to announce a strategic collaboration with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  Core to the collaboration is a shared goal to support the development of directors and boards in the critical area of sustainability, so that we can tackle the climate crisis together and create a positive legacy for generations to come.  

Our call to action is to encourage the business community to be part of the solution – sustainability should be one of the key items on any board’s agenda right now.  Many organisations, particularly in light of the disruption caused by the pandemic, do not know where to start. This is where IoD professional development comes in, providing practical guidance, tools and a community of expert peers across sectors, industries and global locations to enable change from the top down.  

The ‘Climate Solutions Accelerator’ programme is a high-quality, interactive online course, curated by industry experts.  It is now accredited for IoD CPD and available to IoD members free of charge. Since RSGS launched the programme over 60,000 learners have signed up.

Jonathan Geldart, Director General of the IoD, said:

“It is vital that directors acquire the knowledge and skills needed to combat climate change – working together as a business community will make an enormous difference to our economy and society. We can drive the solution forward and now is the time to grasp the opportunity in front of us to lead sustainable organisations. We are delighted to be working with RSGS to offer the Climate Solutions Accelerator, which complements our growing portfolio of high quality continuing professional development for directors and their boards.”

To find our more and to book your place on the programme please click here.

Mike Robinson, Chief Exec of RSGS said “I cannot think of a better partner than IoD to collaborate on this course to help managers and directors get up to speed quickly in what must be the most critical issue of our generation.  The adoption of the climate solutions course by IoD will surely set a powerful precedent for what we should be expecting from organisations responding to the climate emergency. Climate understanding is becoming essential knowledge for anyone in management who wants to be in a position to respond to what is likely to be a rapidly changing customer, legislative, and financial framework as the world responds to climate change. This course is aimed to make it as easy as possible to get up to speed quickly and we hope it will become universal. 

Mark Carney, who was interviewed for the course whilst Governor of the Bank of England is unequivocal: “Every business is going to have to ask themselves…how will Climate Change affect my business today, tomorrow, in the decades ahead, and how am I adjusting to be part of the solution?”

About the RSGS

The RSGS is a dynamic educational charity with a mission to inspire and inform. We are passionate about proving geography’s relevance and purpose in today’s world. We strive to promote cohesive geographical thinking to help address national and global challenges, one of the most significant being climate change. Established in 1884, we have over 130 years of credibility in influencing thinking and knowledge about the world. We use our networks, knowledge and reputation to shape positive, practical policy solutions and stimulate public engagement. As a charity, independent of government but working across all sectors in Scotland and internationally, we are uniquely well-placed to inform policy, stimulate new ideas, inspire action and influence joined-up solutions.

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