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Principles of Materiality, Responsiveness, Inclusivity, and Impact

In this course, students will take a deep dive into the AA1000 AccountAbility standard and its four Principles: Inclusivity, Materiality, Responsiveness and Impact and how they integrate to develop a very well thought out framework.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (61 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. The AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (10 mins)
  • 3. Importance of Inclusivity (8 mins)
  • 4. What Is Materiality? (11 mins)
  • 5. How to Integrate the Principle of Responsiveness (5 mins)
  • 6. The Principle of Impact (9 mins)
  • 7. Applying The AccountAbility Principles (4 mins)
  • 8. Advantages of Implementing the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (9 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the meaning of materiality as it pertains to an organization and its stakeholders
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Principles of Materiality and how to apply them to any organization
  • Identify the appropriate stakeholders and ways to engage
  • Familiarity with the 17 UN SDGs
  • Exposure to the different KPIs under ESG Pillars
  • Identify appropriate sustainability frameworks


Course Description

To make good decisions and actions, an organization and its stakeholders need to know what issues are material to the sustainability performance of the organization. But, to determine what is material, a materiality assessment process is vital. A materiality assessment is designed to ensure that comprehensive and balanced information is entered and then analyzed. In this course, students will take a deep dive into the AA1000 AccountAbility standard and its four principles—Inclusivity, Materiality, Responsiveness, and Impact—and how they integrate into a rational framework. The student will learn how to apply these principles and understand their benefits, not only to the organizations executing this standard, but also to all relevant internal and external stakeholders. The course also dives into AA1000SES, the Stakeholder Engagement framework designed to identify, plan, prepare, implement, act, review, and improve on a meaningful and effective process. This is also an integral component of a successful sustainability practice within an organization.

By the end of this course, students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively integrate the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles standard into their organization’s business and non-business operations.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Communications & Media
  • Equity
  • Research Methods
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM Credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata is a Sustainability and ESG professional who is a graduate of Yale's MBA in Sustainability.

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