S in ESG: Strategies for Incorporating Social Responsibility into Your Organization

About this Course

ESG is an acronym for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Since it was introduced by the United Nations in the early 2000s, the term ESG has been widely adopted by corporations, investors, employees, governments, and regulators across the world. ESG assets under management reached over $30 trillion globally in 2022.

The “social” aspect of ESG focuses on people-related considerations, such as promoting the well-being of workers, customers, and communities. While the “S” is arguably the most important aspect of ESG, it is also the most difficult to define and measure. This lack of clarity and understanding has led to confusion, even from promoters, and criticism from those who believe it is too burdensome on the one hand or not comprehensive enough on the other. However, without a focus on social considerations, progress on environmental and governance aspects will be difficult to achieve.

Through this course, you will understand what the “S” in ESG stands for and how to bring a focus on social equity and justice to your organization. This course is for all professionals looking to increase their organization’s performance on social responsibility, but also financial returns since positive social performance has been tied to an increased financial bottom line.

The instructor has more than 15 years of experience working with corporations of all sizes and stages on socially responsible investing and social performance measurement and management across four continents and 12 countries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the significance of the “S” in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria.
  • Define and establish metrics to measure social responsibility within your organization.
  • Identify and address challenges associated with implementing social responsibility initiatives.
  • Explore the correlation between social responsibility efforts and financial returns.
  • Develop strategies to integrate social responsibility practices into your organization’s operations.


Part 1: What is the S in ESG?
This section will provide an introduction, a brief description of ESG, and an explanation of the “social” aspect of ESG. It will discuss what socially responsible investors look for and how this differs from impact investors and Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) initiatives. 

Part 2: How do you define and measure social factors in businesses?
This section will provide an overview of different measurement standards, tools, and metrics. 

Part 3: What are the challenges?
This module will discuss the limitations of ESG and the difficulties in measuring social performance specifically. It will also introduce the concept of “greenwashing” or “impact washing” and how to prevent it. 

Part 4: What is the link between social and financial returns? 
This section will show how improved social performance can lead to positive financial performance.

Part 5: How can I bring social responsibility to my organization?
This section will cover the steps to bring social responsibility to any organization, including the team members, resources, and measurement and reporting processes necessary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will have 90-days of access to each course. All of our courses are self-paced. Within the 90-day period, you have full control over how quickly you want to learn or how many times you want to revisit a certain lecture or reading, even after completing all modules. 

Upon completing all modules (clicking “Mark Complete” after every module), you must complete the final quiz with a minimum score of 70% to earn a digital credential from IIX Institute. Once these conditions are met, our team will send you instructions to access your digital credential to your IIX Institute registered e-mail.

No. Your 90-day access includes the chance to retake your final quiz as many times as you need within that period. You do not have to repurchase the course or start the materials all over again!

Regardless of your current profession or experience in the impact space, you will always have a seat in the IIX Institute classroom. We encourage learners new to the field to start with courses listed under our “For Beginners” learning path. 

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Yes! We have created customized trainings for a wide array of organizations, tailoring the content and instructors to each organization’s region, unique  challenges, and opportunities. To inquire more about corporate trainings with the IIX Institute, please send us an email at iixinstitute@iixglobal.com with the subject “Inquiry: Corporate Training”.