Trainingroom

In the Trainingroom you are provided with two courses: one for trainers and one for analysts. The courses are divided into modules and units so you can adapt the input to individual needs and interests. In addition to presentations you will find video tutorials, screen recordings and short multiple-choice tests that support your learning process regarding the analysis of non-financial information reporting.

Course for Trainers

Overview

The curriculum consists of 13 modules, which are divided into units that are logically and sequentially structures to enable participants to acquire unit learning outcomes and competences. The modular and flexible structure of the course allows the adaptation to the composition of the participant group, its needs and competencies as well as the national or local context. In addition to the contents, which are conveyed by trainers as interactive as possible, the included project phase should introduce participants practically to the analysis of non-financial information reporting (NFIR).

The teaching duration, methods and exercises presented are only a guide and should be adapted to the trainer’s settings to ensure effective delivery of the training on non-financial reporting.

Purpose of the training

The purpose of this training in the analysis of non-financial information reporting is to build the capacity, meaning knowledge and skills, of especially workers’ representatives and trade unionists, but also of all people interested in the topic of non-financial information reporting.

Target groups

The main target groups for this course are workers’ representatives and trade unionists. By way of including a project partner from the employers’ side in the development of this curriculum, it has been made sure though that it could just as well be used by everybody else who is interested in the analysis of non-financial information reports. The modular and flexible structure of the course supports this additionally.

Module 1: Introductions, objectives and expectations

Module Objectives: This module is intended to set the stage for Part I of the training course by getting to know one another, introducing the workshop objectives, expressing expectations and agreeing on ground rules. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • understand the training objectives
  • know one another better
  • share expectations and agree on ground rules for the training

Module overview: This is a trainer-led activity with extensive interaction.
Module duration: 1 hour

Module 2: Understanding Non-financial information reporting (NFIR)

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the topic of NFIR by providing information on the legal background and reporting requirements, the key concepts and reporting frameworks. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • understand the background on Directive 2014/95/EU, its scope, content and reporting requirements
  • identify and describe possible impacts of NFIR
  • understand key concepts in NFIR such as materiality, stakeholder and KPI
  • understand different reporting standards and its structure and hierarchy
  • understand GRI as the main voluntary standard

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of three units and involves lecture presentations, small group exercises, brainstorming and discussions.
Module duration: 3 hours 30 min 

Module 3: Role of Workers’ Representatives in CSR and NFIR

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to illustrate contacts points with NFIR and possible practical value of NFIR by identifying relevant content for WRs and showing best practice examples. By the end of the module, the participants will:

  • be able to identify contact points between NFIR and their fields of work
  • be motivated to get involved with NFIR

Module overview: This is a trainer led module that consists of two determined units and one optional unit. It involves lecture presentations, sharing of opinions / experiences and discussions.
Module duration: 1 hour; 1 hour 30 min with optional unit 

Module 4: Analysis methods and tools

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to analysis methods of NFIR by giving an overview of a set of methods and an interactive introduction to the CENOFIA analysis tool. By the end of the module, the participants will:

  • be equipped with a set of different analysis methods for different analysis purposes
  •  understand the technical functioning of the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • understand the possibilities and limitations of the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • have carried out a first analysis with the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • have reflected on and evaluated their first analysis results

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of five units and involves interactive lecture presentations / demonstrations, (group) exercises and discussions.
Module duration: 4 hours 

Module 5: Indroducing project work

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to enable participants to carry out a NFIR analysis in form of a group project in-between the two training blocks and to get them started with their work. By the end of the module, the participants will:

  • be able to understand the project tasks that they have to carry out
  • have formed groups and selected a report for analysis
  • have established a structure, targets and rules for their project work
  • have started on their project work

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of four units and involves interactive presentations, group exercises and discussions.
Module duration: 3 hours 30 min 

Module 6: Evaluation and closing of training course Part I

Module Objectives: This module is intended to allow participants to asses if their expectations from the beginning of the course had been met and to assist trainers to understand what did and did not work and offer insights for improvement. Furthermore, it is intended to give an outlook on Part II of the training course. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • give feedback on the training by discussing its overall strengths and weaknesses and facilitation
  • identify improvements for future trainings
  • understand what to expect in Part II of the training course Trainers will have received feedback on the following topics:
    • usefulness of course
    • support provided during the training
    • implementation and logistics of the course

Module overview: This is a trainer-led module that involves a feedback round.
Module duration: 1 hours 

Module 7: Welcome, objectives and activation of participants

Module Objectives: This module is intended to set the stage for Part II of the workshop by introducing the agenda, timeframe and logistics as well as getting participants activated. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • understand the training objectives
  • share expectations

Module overview: This is a trainer-led activity with interaction
Module duration: 45 min 

Module 8: Presentation of project results and awareness for challenges in analysis work

Module Objectives: This module is intended to give participants the opportunity to present and discuss their project work results. It also provides an overview of the challenges most likely encountered during the analysis work and enables the participants to question reporting methodologies and processes. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • reflect on their own analysis work 
  • understand the most common shortcomings in NFIR 
  • critically question reporting methodologies / processes and impact assessment 
  • understand how do use shortcomings as entry points for negotiation 
  • achieve transparency and accountability / comprehensibility when working with the CENOFIA analysis tool 

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of two units and involves presentations by the participants / trainers and discussions.
Module duration: 2 hours 

Module 9: Application of key concepts in NFIR

Module Objectives: This module is intended to build up on the content delivered in Module 2 and Module 4 by providing in-depth information on NFIR key concepts and making the participants carry out different assessment exercises. By the end of the module, the participants will:

  • have acquired a deeper understanding of NFIR key concepts and analysis methods
  • understand the 30 most relevant KPI for WRs
  • have carried out the analysis of one selected KPI
  • have carried out a materiality and consistency assessment and learned how to detect contradicting information in a NFIR

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of three units and involves lecture presentations, small group exercises, brainstorming and discussions.
Module duration: 4 hours 45 min 

Module 10: Writing a social report

Module Objectives: This module is intended to teach participants how to write an objective and critical social report by sensitizing for obstacles and introducing them to argumentation theory. It is mainly an interactive learning module based on writing assignments. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • understand basic structure of a social report
  • transfer results from analysis tool into a working document
  • sensitized with regards to descriptive and prescriptive language
  • formulate a stringent line of argumentation

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of five units and involves interactive lecture presentations / demonstrations and group writing assignments and discussions.
Module duration: 4 hours 45 min 

Module 11: Scope of application of NFIR analysis work (social report)

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to show participants means and strategies to disseminate analysis results in form of a social report to possible target groups. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to: 

  • understand how a social report can be used for dissemination of analysis results 
  • identify possible target groups 
  • define contents and channels for dissemination 
  • present a dissemination strategy / communication plan 

Module overview: This is a highly participatory module that consists of two units and involves interactive lecture presentations and group assignments.
Module duration: 1 hour 30 min 

Module 12: Continuation of NFIR analysis work

Module Objectives: This module is intended to introduce participants to the CENOFIA Online Learning Platform, its features and materials. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • understand the structure, purpose and handling of the CENOFIA Online Learning Platform
  • know how to continue NFIR analysis beyond the training course
  • where to find materials from the training course and further information on NFIR

Module overview: This module involves a demonstration of the internet-based CENOFIA Learning Platform
Module duration: 30 min 

Module 13: Evaluation and Closing

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to give participants the chance to evaluate both parts of the training course and to celebrate the successful completion of the training and recognize each participant by awarding individual completion certificates. By the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

• give feedback on the training by discussing its overall strengths and weaknesses and facilitation • identify improvements for future trainings Trainers will have received feedback on the following topics:

  • usefulness of course
  • support provided during the training
  • implementation and logistics of the course 

Module overview: This is a trainer-led module that involves a feedback round (written and verbal)
Module duration: 45 min 

Course for Analysts

Overview

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Module 2: Understanding Non-financial information reporting (NFIR)

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the topic of NFIR by providing information on the legal background and reporting requirements, the key concepts and reporting frameworks. By the end of the module, learners will be able to:

  • understand the background on Directive 2014/95/EU, its scope, content and reporting requirements
  • identify and describe possible impacts of NFIR
  • understand key concepts in NFIR such as materiality, stakeholder and KPI
  • understand different reporting standards and its structure and hierarchy
  • understand GRI as the main voluntary standard
Module 3: Role of Workers’ Representatives in CSR and NFIR

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to illustrate contacts points with NFIR and possible practical value of NFIR by identifying relevant content for WRs and showing best practice examples. By the end of the module, learners will:

  • be able to identify contact points between NFIR and their fields of work
  • be motivated to get involved with NFIR
Module 4: Analysis methods and tools

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is introducing into analysis methods of NFIR by giving an overview of a set of methods and an interactive introduction to the CENOFIA analysis tool. By the end of the module, learners will:

  • be equipped with a set of different analysis methods for different analysis purposes
  •  understand the technical functioning of the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • understand the possibilities and limitations of the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • have carried out a first analysis with the CENOFIA analysis tool
  • have reflected on and evaluated their first analysis results

Module 8: Identifying challenges in the analysis process
Module Objectives:This module provides an overview of the challenges most likely encountered during the analysis work and enables learners to question reporting methodologies and processes. By the end of the module, learners will:
 
  • understand the most common shortcomings in NFIR 
  • be able to critically question reporting methodologies / processes and impact assessment 
  • understand how do use shortcomings as entry points for negotiation 
  • be able to achieve transparency and accountability / comprehensibility when working with the CENOFIA analysis tool 
Module 9: Application of key concepts in NFIR

Module Objectives: This module is intended to build up on the content delivered in Module 2 and Module 4 by providing in-depth information on NFIR key concepts and  carrying out different assessment exercises. By the end of the module, learners will:

  • have acquired a deeper understanding of NFIR key concepts and analysis methods
  • understand the 30 most relevant KPI for WRs
  • have carried out the analysis of one selected KPI
  • have carried out a materiality and consistency assessment and learned how to detect contradicting information in a NFIR

Module 10: Writing a social report

Module Objectives: This module is intended to learn how to write an objective and critical social report by sensitizing for obstacles and introducing into argumentation theory. By the end of the module, learners will be able to:

  • understand basic structure of a social report
  • transfer results from analysis tool into a working document
  • sensitized with regards to descriptive and prescriptive language
  • formulate a stringent line of argumentation
Module 11: Scope of application of NFIR analysis work (social report)

Module Objectives: The purpose of this module is to show learners means and strategies to disseminate analysis results in form of a social report to possible target groups. By the end of the module, learners will be able to: 

  • understand how a social report can be used for dissemination of analysis results 
  • identify possible target groups 
  • define contents and channels for dissemination 
  • present a dissemination strategy / communication plan 

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