Business Sustainability Management online short course

Course starts 31 July 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
23 July 2019
Course Starts:
31 July 2019
8 weeks online (Excl. Orientation)
12 - 15 hours per week
GBP £2,000
Payment Options
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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Become an agent for positive change with an online short course from a world-leading sustainability institution.

Learn to develop and motivate an action plan for sustainable business practices in your organisation - making you an indispensable resource for future businesses.

As awareness of climate change, resource scarcity, pollution, and social inequality rises, businesses and governments are being held increasingly responsible. There is a need for positive, sustainable change. By taking this short course you’ll become that change, and set yourself up for a flourishing career.

This short course equips you with the skills to not only adapt to growing global concerns and shifting landscapes, but to lead positive change throughout your sphere of influence.

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What will set you apart

Become a leader in sustainable business, and walk away with the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Argue the business case for sustainability management
  • Explore international regulations surrounding environmental best practices and importance of sustainability in production and consumption
  • Discover the potential of innovation and technology to enable and accelerate business sustainability
  • Develop a sustainability plan, lead the strategy and implementation thereof, and explore collaborative value-creation opportunities
  • Become a member of the CISL global alumni network and collaborate with like-minded business leaders around the globe
CPD Certification Service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 100 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

This sustainability management online short course covers everything from international regulations to technological disruption.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Sustainability challenges and opportunities
  • Course Module 2: The business case and leadership for action
  • Course Module 3: Regulatory environment and international policy
  • Course Module 4: Production and consumption
  • Course Module 5: Design, technology, and planning for sustainability
  • Course Module 6: Communication and marketing 
  • Course Module 7: Collaboration and partnerships
  • Course Module 8: Rewiring your business approach

Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from thought leaders via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

Martin Roberts
Course Convenor

Meet some of your guest lecturers – Thought leaders in sustainability

Ian Ellison


Sustainability Manager at Jaguar Land Rover

Dame Polly Courtice


Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Founder and Director

Will Day


Sustainability Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

James Stacey


CISL Fellow

Mike Barry


Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer

Phillipe Joubert


Executive Chair of Global Electricity Initiative, Senior Advisor & MD of Energy & Climate, WBCSD

Tony Juniper


Leading author and environmentalist

Dr Nancy Bocken


Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering (Design for Sustainability and Product Innovation Management)

Craig Bennett


CEO at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Earn a certificate from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from CISL as powerful proof of your new competencies, and use it to set yourself apart as a future-fit leader in an increasingly sustainability-oriented business environment.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 31 July 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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