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Rotman ESG Designation

Align business models with responsible practices and earn your ESG.D designation. In partnership with the Lee-Chin Institute.

Environment, social, and governance practices – or ESG – have moved from a sideline concern to a central driver of business today. Investors, communities and governments are demanding attention and transparency around performance and strategy on ESG issues which now define the new business landscape. To meet this demand and transform your organization from within, you need high-quality ESG training.

Rotman’s ESG designation is designed for professionals seeking a thorough understanding of how to align business models with responsible practices to unlock innovation opportunities, mitigate risk, meet rising standards for accountability and transparency, and to ensure long-term organizational performance.

Apply NowSEP 2024-APR 2025 | $16,200 CAD + HST

This hybrid program delivers more than hands-on, high-quality learning. It is also a pathway towards earning your Rotman ESG designation (ESG.D), granted by the Rotman School of Management. This designation represents your lifelong commitment to excellence and demonstrates to employers and clients that you understand how to build ESG considerations into sound business strategies.

To earn your ESG designation, you must complete

  • all in-person sessions, 
  • all half-day online modules 
  • a capstone project and 
  • a designation exam. 

The capstone project ensures you have fully synthesized key learnings and applied them to a real business case. The exam certifies that you have also achieved the desired bar of applied knowledge.

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What you’ll learn:

Upon successful completion of this program, you will:

  • Identify commonly used ESG terms and frameworks
  • Apply common ESG tools
  • Identify the diverse relevant parties of a firm and identify their critical issues
  • Recognize the main reporting frameworks used in ESG
  • Explain how capital markets use ESG information in decision-making
  • Use innovation, design, and partnership strategies to solve challenges with particular environmental, social, and governance issues.

Apply NowSEP 2024-APR 2025 | $16,200 CAD + HST



Earning and Maintaining Your Designation

Capstone Project

Designation Exam

Maintaining Your Designation

Technical Requirements

Application Process

Payment and Fee Reduction

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

Multi-module designation program

4-day in-person intensive
+4 half-day live online sessions
+1 final in-person graduation day

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Module 1:
September 23-26, 2024 (In-person)
Module 2:
October 23, 2024 (Live online)
Module 3:
November 27, 2024 (Live online)

Module 4:
January 29, 2025 (Live online)
Module 5:
February 26, 2025 (Live online)
Module 6:
April 30, 2025 (In-person)

Virtual sessions take place from 9 am - 12 pm ET

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This program requires in-person attendance for five full-day sessions at Rotman plus online attendance to the four half-day sessions. All sessions must be attended to complete the program.

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Participant profile:
Professionals and leaders looking to understand how to align business models and responsible practices

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$16,200 CAD + HST
*includes first year designation fees and one exam sitting 


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“As you move into leadership roles, issues of ESG will increasingly permeate every decision you make.”

Walid Hejazi
Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
Academic Director, Rotman Executive Programs.