2019 Presidential Award

Training Resources

Education and training to support sustainable supply chains.

The RBA offers its members and their suppliers a range of training opportunities, ranging from an extensive online e-learning platform to in-person trainings offered in multiple languages. RBA trainings are designed to support all learners on their path to leadership in supply chain sustainability.

Note: All RBA events and in-person training sessions open to members, their suppliers and the public/others, are listed on the events page of our website. If you have a question about whether an event or training is with or on behalf of the RBA, please contact us.

RBA e-Learning Academy

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The RBA e-Learning Academy, launched in April 2014, provides RBA members with best-in-class online trainings on a range of sustainability topics from CSR program management to methods to combat trafficked and forced labor in the supply chain. With over 60 training modules drawn from sources around the world, the RBA e-Learning Academy allows learners to progress through training modules at their own pace on their own computer. The RBA frequently reviews internal and external sources for new training materials, and occasionally commissions custom training modules. Members can also share best practice papers and other resources through the Academy.

The RBA e-Learning Academy is available to RBA members and their suppliers. The e-Learning Academy also offers training resources about RBA tools, such as RBA-Online and the Validated Assessment Process. One of the most popular modules is the RBA’s online Code of Conduct course, which can also be made available outside the Learning Academy. Members can find the latest Course Descriptions document in the RBA Service Portal under the Training folder or can email training@responsiblebusiness.org to request a copy.

We frequently add trainings – please contact us with questions or contributions for our e-Learning Academy.

Contact: Christine Briscoe, Vice President, Member Services and Human Resources

RBA In-Person Trainings

The RBA offers its Code of Conduct and VAP Audit Preparation course several times a year in multiple locations. Please see our events page for details on upcoming, in-person trainings.

RBA Code of Conduct Training: This course will be beneficial to those who are new to the RBA Code. Participants will learn about Code requirements and how to implement them across their organizations.

RBA VAP Preparation Workshop: This course will help prepare participants to undergo VAP audits. It will cover a range of topics including what to expect, documents needed, CAP management, how the audit is being scored and what pitfalls to avoid.

The RBA has also partnered with service providers on other trainings in the past, including Worker management Communication Training, Health and Safety Training, and Industrial Hygiene. Please contact the RBA if you are interested in other topics.

RBA Labor & Ethics Lead Auditor Training

This five-day course provides participants with the competencies necessary to successfully perform the RBA Labor & Ethics Validated Assessment Process. The highly interactive workshop covers social systems auditing, investigative skills, management systems, validation and reporting and the RBA Assessment Program.

This course is helpful for RBA members who run their company’s audit programs, as well as auditors doing CMAs and AMAs for RBA companies.

For dates and information about cost and registration, please see our events page.
CSR Boot Camp (CSR 101)

A one-day, entry-level CSR Boot Camp designed for beginners to learn more about corporate social responsibility and global trends, interact with experts, and walk away with tangible tools to implement CSR at their organizations. This is intended as an introductory course and more advanced courses will follow.

Who should attend?

  • New CSR managers
  • Environmental and procurement managers
  • New and prospective RBA members
  • Suppliers of RBA members
  • Company executives new to CSR

For upcoming courses, please see our events page.

Responsible Business Conferences

The RBA’s annual Responsible Business conference provide multi-day, in-person opportunities for in-depth discussions of key issues in supply chain sustainability. Responsible Business conferences bring together RBA members, suppliers, other industries and industry groups and a range of non-industry perspectives from civil society groups, trade unions and worker’s groups, academia and research institutions, socially responsible investors and governmental and multilateral institutions.

Each autumn the RBA hosts its Responsible Business conference and RBA Members Meeting. At other points in the year, the RBA hosts regional outreach events for members and their suppliers around the world.

Responsible Business conferences provide a dynamic and interactive space for industry to discuss and debate key successes and ongoing challenges in supply chain sustainability. The RBA welcomes sponsors and exhibitors for these events. For more information about upcoming event dates, sponsorship and locations, please visit our events page.

Contact: Laura Landrau, Director of Meetings

Private Tutorials

The RBA is able to occasionally offer private tutorials for members about our tools and resources, including the Learning Academy, RBA-Online, VAP and our member compliance program. These tutorials typically often take place during the one on one meetings in the Education Hub at Responsible Business events and member meetings. Staff can also be available for web meetings to review all member tools and other questions with members.

Contact: Christine Briscoe, Vice President, Member Services and Human Resources

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