Business Sustainability Management online short course

Course starts 30 September 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
30 September 2020
8 weeks online (Excl. Orientation)
12 - 15 hours per week
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


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 Business Sustainability Management online short course you’ll become that change, and set yourself up for success.

Learn to develop and motivate an action plan for sustainable business practices in your organisation, guided by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a globally influential institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.1 By addressing the challenges of implementation in both public and private sectors, you’ll develop the skills to overcome them and seize the opportunities associated with creating a sustainable business. Adapt to growing global concerns and shifting landscapes and lead positive change throughout your sphere of influence.

1CISL (Oct, 2018).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A practical sustainability action plan to overcome the barriers and aid in seizing the opportunities associated with creating a sustainable business
  • Insight into the potential of disruptive innovative design and technology to enable business sustainability
  • An understanding of the international regulations surrounding environmental best practices, the importance of sustainability in production and consumption, and how this will affect your organisation

Is this course for you?

This online short course from CISL is geared towards working professionals who want to implement sustainability into their organisation and respond to its associated challenges. The course is also suitable for entrepreneurs wanting to identify new sustainable social, economic, and environmental opportunities, and who need to expand their knowledge on the role and importance of sustainability in their business.

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

Learn to integrate sustainability management into your business strategy, as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Sustainability challenges and opportunities
  • Module 2: The business case and leadership for action
  • Module 3: Regulatory environment and international policy
  • Module 4: Production and consumption
  • Module 5: Design, technology, and planning for sustainability
  • Module 6: Communication and marketing 
  • Module 7: Collaboration and partnerships
  • 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 of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership – and use it to set yourself apart as a future-focused business sustainability leader.

Your certificate of completion will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 30 September 2020.

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    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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.