Professional & Continuing Studies

UD’s Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business short courses feature real-world content in an accessible format. Courses are offered 100% online and can be taken anytime, anywhere. The courses offer a unique combination of research-based and real-world knowledge to build a fundamental understanding of important corporate responsibility issues, providing a training tool to address regulatory requirements efficiently and affordably.

Risks of Human Trafficking and Slavery for Supply Chain Professionals

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly declare their efforts to train company employees and management on human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Retailers and manufacturers need a time-efficient, concise and globally available learning resource for sourcing managers to gain experience about human trafficking and slavery in supply chains, both for their own corporate social responsibility goals, and to comply with the California law. This online short course provides foundational knowledge and skills using scenarios modified from actual business cases.

  • Be aware of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains
  • Identify human trafficking and slavery risks in company supply chains
  • Support prevention and mitigation efforts when human trafficking and slavery is suspected

Human Rights of Workers in Supply Chains

With the recent endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the United Nations, clear connections have been made between corporate social responsibility (CSR) work and the business responsibility to respect human rights. This course provides a launching point for introducing the language and substance of human rights due diligence to staff that work in the CSR team, those in sourcing and other functions that closely work with the CSR team, and to the partners throughout a company’s global supply chain. It is also valuable for raising awareness across a company’s functions about CSR work and why it matters to the company.

  • Become aware of the characteristics of workers in supply chains and the common human rights risks associated with them
  • Understand a due diligence process that identifies human rights risks in company supply chains
  • Get a tool that can be used to support a company’s obligation to respect the human rights of workers in the company’s supply chain

Textile and Apparel Product Safety

Any staff involved in an apparel company’s design, development, buying and merchandising, quality assurance, product integrity, sourcing, and other functions involved with getting products to market will benefit from this course on product safety.  It prepares designers and developers to create products in compliance with U.S. regulations, and prepares others in your company to manage the risk that products sourced and delivered will be the subject of embarrassing recalls or cause harm to consumers.  Supply chain partners will also benefit from an understanding of the U.S. regulations and their application to the products manufactured for you.

  • Become aware of the federal statutes related to textile and apparel product safety
  • Understand common product safety problems that may result in product safety recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or product confiscation by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Understand standards, applicable products, exemptions, test methods and requirements related to textile materials’ flammability and chemical safety, and safety issues from apparel design features
  • Get a summary that can be used as a reference to request testing certificates related to product safety when designing, developing, sourcing or buying apparel products

Impact of Corporate Purchasing Practices on Workers in Supply Chains

This course is ideal for companies with global supply chains that are integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout the various functions of the company. The research-based content clarifies the links between the work carried out by design, product development, buying, merchandising, planning, sourcing, and other staff and potential factory violations of codes of conduct. It prepares staff from the junior to executive levels in these functional areas to support CSR work by achieving business goals in ways that reduce the negative impacts on suppliers.

  • Increase awareness of how day-to-day purchasing decisions can impact supplier compliance with human rights standards
  • Understand why supplier compliance to human rights standards matters
  • Identify strategies to determine the impact of the company’s purchasing practices on workers in supply chains