CISL Business Sustainability Management Student Testimonials

3 minutes   |  BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

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Engaging in business sustainability practices and leadership is accessible to all through the University of Cambridge Business Sustainability Management online short course. Professionals now have the opportunity to begin and continue this conversation by joining the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) network upon successfully completing this course.

The eight-week course, presented in collaboration with GetSmarter and delivered entirely online, will equip you with the ability to:

  • Investigate the impact of present global economic, social, and environmental pressures on business
  • Create an argument for the importance of integrating sustainability across an organisation’s value chain
  • Assess the opportunities from entering into partnerships to create new value
  • Reflect on your own personal strategies used to influence sustainability-oriented change
  • Develop environmentally-conscious business strategies within your organisation
  • Interact with like-minded working professionals from around the world when you join the CISL Alumni Network
  • Develop and implement a unique action plan for your business


Read on to find out what past students on the Business Sustainability Management course said about their experiences:


February 2018 Cohort

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Managing Director

“I enjoyed all the educational media. It’s convenient way to study from home.”


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Mark Robert Wakeford

Managing Director
United Kingdom

“Course quality was good. It kept me interested and engaged with the wider student group. Others looking at the course should do it if they have an interest. It will secure your knowledge in a very important fast changing piece of business dynamics.”

November 2017 Cohort

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CEO – Keech Furnace Technologies
South Africa

“This course should be mandatory education for every decision maker in every company world-wide. My management perspective has been fundamentally shifted.”


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Co-founder and Managing Partner – Independent Consultants 1920 LLP

“With the credentials of CISL, this could well be the most successfully designed programme in the world that delivers sustainability to business management in a nutshell.”


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Executive Director – SEE Nexus Institute
United Arab Emirates

“I signed up for the course with no definitive expectations…but came out of it with a very high approval rating! This was my first online education experience since graduating from grad school in 1999! Not only was the content rich and up to date, there was a logical flow in the modules which kept you sharp and motivated.”


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Trijntje (Truus) Huisman linkedin logo image

Co-founder – Plastic Maker Hubs

“The Cambridge Business Sustainability course provides a sound academic foundation complemented with practical cases and relevant assignment to bring learning into practice. I enjoyed the active and thoughtful exchanges and contributions via the discussion platforms. The online experience exceeded my expectations.”

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President – International Institute for Diamond Grading and Research (A De Beers Group Company)
The United Kingdom

“The course has been very useful in terms of sustainability knowledge building, and how to use this appropriately in the company. I have already used examples in discussions with senior colleagues.”



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Corporate Affairs Manager – CBC (The Central America Bottling Corporation)

“I loved it. I was a little scared to take it (I have a full time job, I am the mother of a baby and English is not my mother tongue) but I found it to be extremely friendly. The platform is really easy to use and the contents are great, but at the same time easy to understand as they are explained clearly and there are a lot of videos that make it even easier. Also, the cases chosen for the course were tremendously relevant. My favorite part were the forums. My classmates were from all over the world and had such different backgrounds that they all helped to make conversations richer. I learnt a lot from the course and from my classmates. I’m really happy I got to take it and I now consider I have so much more to offer to my work and to the world!”


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Senior Project Manager – Christchurch City Council
New Zealand

“Although I have never done online learning before, the combination of the course structure and the GetSmarter support has made the transition to online learning completely seamless.”


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Harris Albert Guevarra

President and CEO – Drink
The Philippines

“The course gave me a firm foundation on sustainability, equipped me with up-to-date trends on how it is practised across the globe, and gave me the chance to meet passionate practitioners of sustainability and be inspired by the work they do. The topic is extensive as expected but one would not feel overwhelmed because the topics are divided strategically and ample time is allocated per subject for studying, reviewing, and assessing oneself. And the platform developed by GetSmarter is quite easy to navigate, very simple and direct, and made me feel like I was in a real classroom set-up!”


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Process Engineer – Energy Utility In South Africa 
South Africa

“GetSmarter is an ideal online platform for those who have full-time jobs. It allows for the opportunity to connect with others, work through the course content at your own pace and is very user-friendly. You also have access to a great support system (technical and non-technical) where all your queries can be dealt with timeously and effectively.”


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Co-founder – Growbotix.Ca , Strategic Business Consultant and Social Entrepreneur

“Because I have studied online before, an MBA and part of a PMP, I have a depth of comparability. I can see that having this amount of academic support is a definite advantage and contrasts with my prior experience.”


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Senior Sustainability Consultant – Australasia Transport and Resources

“This course has empowered me to be the ‘voice’ of sustainability at my work. My colleagues now expect me to ask challenging questions about sustainability during work forums. I have gained confidence in responding to the CEO’s weekly blogs, providing my opinion to his commentaries around transitioning to a low carbon economy. This has been a result of the excellent modules within this certificate.”


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Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager – Pernod Ricard
South Africa

“A very relevant, well presented and managed course! Challenging at times but an extremely enjoyable 8 weeks for me! The course content is illuminating and an absolute must for all aspiring sustainability managers as well as those that need current upskilling in their field. Most importantly this course emphasises and teaches that sustainability leadership by business and all partners are sine qua non to the very future of all species on this planet.”


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Founder and CEO – Lily & Mortimer

“The course gave me a holistic understanding of sustainability leadership and how leveraging sustainability can create new market opportunities, fuel innovation and be the catalyst for power partnerships that increase your competitive advantage.”


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Corporate Advisor – Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
The United Kingdom

“The knowledge from this course will assist me with reworking marketing, communications, and product design strategies. It will also give me the confidence to participate further in roundtables and forums. I am also now considering a Masters in Sustainability.”


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Janey Lane

Chartered Surveyor – Savills
The United Kingdom

“I would recommend this course as a valuable exercise for anyone who is prepared to be an agent for sustainability change or for those needing to know more about the subject – practically everyone!”

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