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The Summit: A Learning Experience to Kick-start Your ESG Certification

Register to Attend One of Our Two Upcoming Summits

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October 17-21, 2022 The Fall 2022 program is taking place in Boston, MA, on the campus of Boston College.

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February 6-10, 2023 The Spring 2023 program is taking place in San Diego, CA, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Learn More about This Program Not sure if the Summit makes sense for you? Continue reading below, or use this button to request a conversation with our team.

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What is The Summit?

The Summit is an opportunity to step away from your desk and focus on your professional development. It's designed to help busy professionals complete a big chunk of the Certificate of Practice curriculum all at once, while offering plenty of time to network with peers and discuss your specific goals/challenges with expert instructors. 

This week-long event brings together a wide variety of professionals (DEI officers, community relations people, sustainability executives) from every industry and from companies across the globe. Attendees can expect a deep dive into CSR best practices, while exploring core skills and any applicable electives that align with their work. 

By attending the Summit, professionals make major headway into our most popular certificate—The Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice. The event combines valuable networking, live-learning courses, and the flexibility of online classes. (Any remaining coursework can be completed at your convenience, after Summit week ends.)


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Who Should Attend?

The Summit is valuable for corporate citizenship professionals at all stages of their career journeys, enabling participants to select the learning path that works best for their style and schedule. Summit sessions cover a variety of topics related to companies' environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. Attendees will come away with a greater understanding of key concepts, a broader network of peers, and a major portion of their CSR certification completed.

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Summit FAQs

You'll find there is quite a lot of flexibility surrounding the Summit--just one of the reasons it's our most popular program. For example, you can attend as much or as little of the week as suits your calendar. You can complete online course units beforehand (so sessions at the Summit reinforce the topics you've already covered), or come to the event with a completely fresh perspective. You can push yourself to earn the full Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice by week's end (having completed required online coursework in advance), or you can use the Summit as a jump start, giving yourself as much time as you need afterwards to complete required components. 

But let's back up and review the most common questions people tend to ask:

What is the Summit?

The Summit is like a five-day "jump start" to our most popular certificate program, The Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice. It's a way for participants to dive into course concepts best suited to in-person instruction, while also benefitting from valuable networking and group discussions.

When and where is the Summit held?

The Summit is offered twice each year in various cities around the U.S. The Fall 2022 program is taking place in Boston, MA, on the campus of Boston College. The Spring 2023 program is taking place in San Diego, CA at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

NOTE: You don't have to attend a Summit in order to earn your certificate, but the learning experience is definitely more engaging and robust than completing the work entirely on your own.

Is the Summit the same thing as the Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice?

No. The Summit is an event at which participants can  pursue that credential in a dynamic learning environment. They will still have independent work to complete online either before after the Summit is over , but there is no deadline or required timeframe on any remaining work.

What are the required components of the Corporate Citizenship Practice Certificate? 

In order to earn this certificate, participants must complete five courses (three required, two elective). Required courses include Communications, Measurement, and Strategy.

Browse all required and elective courses here.

Each of these five courses is comprised of 10-12 modules (or course units). By attending the Summit, you'll have an opportunity to complete some of these modules together with a group of peers and a world-class expert in CSR. Exactly how many modules you'll complete during the Summit depends on how many days you attend (More about the daily learning sessions below.) 

If you have additional questions about how Summit sessions correspond with certificate courses, or which courses you should be taking, please don't hesitate to contact our team. You can reach us at

Will I get my certificate when the Summit is over?

Not unless you invest time before the event, completing most of the coursework online.  Again, Summit learning sessions offer a deep-dive into one or two topics within a course. They don't cover any course in its entirety. Within each learning session, you'll interact with a group of peers and an instructor guiding the discussion. However, the remaining units of each course need to be completed independently, before or after Summit week is over, in order to meet the requirements for the certificate.

What is the advantage of registering for the Summit (versus earning the certificate on my own time)?

Participants tell us the peer learning and networking portion of the Summit is immeasurably valuable. Real-time feedback and live answers to your questions are also benefits you might miss if you opted to complete the five required courses all on your own.

There's also a cost benefit. When you bundle multiple courses together as part of your Summit enrollment, you'll pay less than if you registered for them individually.

Finally, many participants tell us there's an added layer of accountability when they begin the certificate program alongside peers. Most program participants keep in touch long after the Summit week is over. Classmates can be a motivating force to keep working toward the finish line.

Okay, so where do I start?

Start by choosing which course(s) you'd like to register for. If you’d like to earn your certificate, make sure you’ve selected the three required (Strategy, Communications, and Measurement), and two electives. 


What 's the Schedule for the Fall 2022 Summit?

Below is a chart of available courses at the Fall 2022 Summit. 

Read More about Each Course Offered at the 2022 Fall Summit

Advanced Impact Measurement for Corporate Citizenship Learn to justify initiatives by measuring both business and community returns on corporate citizenship program investments.

Advancing Inclusion and Diversity Through Strategic Corporate Citizenship The business case for inclusion and diversity is clear: This course focuses on the critical role corporate citizenship plays in this strategic imperative.

Corporate Citizenship 101: Environmental, Social, and Governance Fundamentals This course introduces you to leading practices for aligning, developing, and implementing corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility.

Corporate Citizenship Communications Learn how to align your company's corporate citizenship communications with your business brand and marketing messages.

Corporate Citizenship Partnership Management Learn to create and strengthen nonprofit and business partnerships that achieve together CSR goals that neither partner could accomplish alone.

Corporate Citizenship Strategy Strategic planning is one of the most difficult but critical activities a citizenship professional can do to understand potential value and the steps he/she must take to reach it.

Deepen Employee Engagement with Corporate Citizenship In this course, learn how to engage employees in corporate citizenship to improve reputation, increase employee retention, and lower the cost of recruiting.

Impact Measurement for Corporate Citizenship and Measurement and Evaluation In this course, learn to measure corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility to better demonstrate impact in your business and community.

Stakeholder and Material Issues Management: Advanced Corporate Citizenship Strategy This course will provide tools to use in prioritizing stakeholder relationships, identifying material issues, and engaging stakeholders to collect valuable feedback that can help you to maximize business and social value.

What Are the Fall 2022 Summit Rates?

The cost of the Summit depends on the number of courses you opt to bundle together and your timing. Early-adopter pricing is still available for the Fall 2022 Summit.

What 's the Schedule for the Spring 2023 Summit?

Below is a chart of available courses at the Spring 2023 Summit. 


What Are the Spring 2023 Summit Rates?

The cost of the Summit depends on the number of courses you opt to bundle together and your timing. Early-adopter pricing is still available for the Spring 2023 Summit.


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Read What Past Participants Are Saying about This Experience

Every year, CSR professionals from national and global firms come together to form a new Summit cohort. And every year their post-Summit reviews confirm how well this program aligns with real-world work challenges and today's most pressing issues. Curious to know which companies will be represented at the upcoming Summit? Drop us a line, we're happy to share a preview:

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PACKED WITH INFORMATION "I attended [the Summit] and learned so much from the team and the other participants. The courses are packed with information that is easily applied to our programs, even without having any prior CSR training."

-Community Relations & Employee Engagement Professional

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EXPERT TEACHERS "I left the week with a wealth of knowledge, tools, and resources that have been instrumental in supporting my community work...The teachers were experts in the CSR space and the feedback/dialogue with classmates was helpful and refreshing."

-Corporate Community & Economic Development Director

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PEER SUPPORT "This week gave me an opportunity to work on my programs, instead of in them... The expert advice, peer support, and comprehensive resources really helped me think through some of the challenges we are facing in the rapidly evolving world of corporate citizenship."

-VP, Social Impact

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