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Organisational stream Curriculum



Leading organisations are embedding sustainability into their core business – mitigating risks, increasing resilience, and enhancing value in the short and long term. PCSB is uniquely designed to encourage participants to go beyond the practical application of tools and models, to develop insights and world views that make business sense of sustainability, and empower leaders to bring about organisational change.

The content is explored through two workshops, supported by E-learning, essential reading, and practical assignments:

  • Workshop 1 builds the awareness of key sustainability risks and opportunities and the relevance to business, exploring the strategic business case for responding.
  • Workshop 2 focuses on the role of business in catalysing change in the wider system (finance, policy, industrial systems) and what it looks like to bring about meaningful change within an organisational context.

Crosscutting themes such as innovation and leadership are embedded within and/or interspersed between the main sessions.


“The course is intelligent, insightful and innovative, covering multiple aspects and contexts of sustainability leadership. Once you start the journey, you won't want it to ever end.”

Kishore Ravuri, UN Global Compact Network, Malaysia, PCSB 2016


Indicative themes for for organisational stream workshops

Workshop 1

Understanding the global risks and opportunities, and what needs
to change

Workshop 2

Catalysing change in and beyond the organisation


  • Environmental, social and economic pressures and drivers
  • Sustainability risks and opportunities
    • Climate science
    • Poverty and inequality
    • Biodiversity and ecosystems
    • The economic system
    • Human rights
  • Sustainability concepts and frameworks
  • Taking a ‘systems approach’
  • Understanding and prioritising the business implications
  • Strategy and sustainability
  • Business leadership for sustainability
  • Developing a critical and analytical mind
  • Strategic planning for action
    • Making the business case for sustainability
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Organisational change
  • Levers for system level change
    • Technology and innovation
    • Influencing policy
    • Sustainable design/circular business models/industrial ecology
    • Sustainable finance and investment
  • Communication and influence
    • Communication and influencing strategies
    • Sustainable consumption & influencing the consumer
    • Influencing middle management and employee engagement
    • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Leadership for change
    • Leading organisational change
    • Being an effective change agent
    • Values, ethics and leadership
    • Leading for sustainability

Assignment tasks

Group Project theme scoping

Analysis Paper preparation

Group Project research and drafting

Strategic Action Plan preparation 

Build knowledge and confidence to lead change in your organisation and across value chains. 

Study a 10-month part-time Postgraduate Certificate course via online learning and residential workshops.

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2019 workshop dates

Workshop 1: 15-18 July 2019
Workshop 2: 18-21 November 2019

2020 workshop dates

Workshop 1: 13-16 July 2020
Workshop 2: 23-26 November 2020

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