Driving Sustainable Business Innovation Using Design Thinking (Classroom and Asynchronous e-learning)


Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Duration/Frequency:

    9.00am to 1:00pm
  • Mode of Training:

    E-Learning/ Practical Training
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic and Online
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

The course will provide participants with the essential knowledge, awareness, relevance and responsibilities of corporate sustainability. It will then identify gaps and how design thinking can be used as a framework in the transformation process.

Course Objective

The participant-centred programme focuses on supporting individuals in their sustainability efforts through raising awareness of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) requirements by utilising a Design Thinking and Humanity-Centred Innovation (HCI) step by step approach. Through the framework of people (stakeholders who are impacted, directly or indirectly), products (innovative products & services) and profits (economic impact & benefits) participants will gain awareness through a customised plan for adopting actionable sustainable strategies. The program also helps participants evaluate their organisation's current sustainability standing, offering valuable insights and strategies towards Sustainable Business Innovation and growth.

Course Outline

By the end of the Course, participants will be able to:

  1. Relate to the UN SDG and the corporate responsibilities for sustainability in an organisation.
  2. Identify the gaps in the respective organisation’s standing in relation to corporate sustainability.
  3. Apply Design Thinking to identify and support the transformation required.

Topics to be covered

  1. Pre-Workshop: Overview of UN SDG / ESG without mentioning UN SDG
  2. Pre-Workshop: Understanding the Business Case & Baseline Responsibilities for Local Enterprises
  3. ½ Day Workshop
    Introduction: Human Centred Innovation Framework
    Envision: Understanding Current Realities - Importance of Sustainability
  4. ½ Day Workshop
    Envision: Mapping out Current Sustainability Efforts
  5. ½ Day Workshop
    Empathise: Gaining insights through Pain Points
  6. ½ Day Workshop:
    Create: Identifying Innovation Opportunities
  7. ½ Day Workshop
    Create: Ideation through Analogous Case Studies
    Summary & Planning the Way Forward
  8. Post Workshop: Assessing current scenario with DT

Minimum Requirements

Basic Proficiency in English

Certification / Accreditation

Certificate of Performance (COP) is applicable for:
Course with assessment component, where participants meet at least 75% attendance rate and pass the assessment, unless otherwise stated by funding agency.
This term will be changed to Certificate of Completion (COC) after launch of Shared Training Management System (sTMS)

Suitable for

Design Researcher / Design Coach / Design Accelerator / Strategist/Business Designer / Head of Transformation / Head of Strategy / Chief Innovation Officer

Course Fees

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 8% GST rate.

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above1 $423.00 $11.28 $58.28
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $329.00 $11.28 $152.28
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $329.00 $11.28 $152.28
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders2 $423.00 $11.28 $58.28
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $37.60 $507.60

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

¹ Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
² Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

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Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
4. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course.  

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