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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Course start dates

  • 24 July 2024
  • 9 October 2024




8 weeks (+1 week orientation) 8–12 hours/week


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CISL's courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. This link will take you to the GetSmarter Website.


This course is designed to address the growing need and prevalence of sustainability practices in business  giving you the tools to pioneer meaningful change throughout your organisation. Upon completion of the course, you will gain access to the CISL global alumni network, consisting of more than 30,000 like-minded business leaders around the world.


Become a future-fit leader and accelerate your career 

Gain the confidence and skills to:

1. Articulate the importance of sustainability in business, and drive social responsibility across your organisation’s value chain.

2. Investigate the potential of technology, design, and innovation to enable or limit sustainable business practices.

3. Explore the role of marketing and communication - both internal and external - in your sustainability strategy.

4. Define and explore opportunities for value creation through stakeholder and partner collaboration.

Develop integrated sustainability strategies, and implement them throughout your sphere of influence. 


Learn to lead in a changing world

Join over 24,000 students globally who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online and in your own time.  

  • Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience that consistently achieves over 90 per cent course completion rate.

  • Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.


CPD certified


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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.


Find out more about our tutor-guided online sustainability course.


Learning model

This fully tutored and supported course is offered online for your convenience and flexibility. This personalised, people-mediated approach has resulted in a 90 per cent certification rate.

Using relevant and practical case studies, you’ll gain insights from world-leading experts in the field, and thought leaders in sustainability:



Ian Ellison

CISL Fellow


Dame Polly Courtice

DBE, LVO, Emeritus Director and Senior Ambassador, CISL


Mike Barry

Trustee at Blueprint for Better Business


Phillipe Joubert

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


James Stacey

CISL Fellow


Will Day

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


Tony Juniper

Leading author and environmentalist


Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett, CEO at The Wildlife Trusts


Dr Nancy Bocken

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





Study Business Sustainability Management and learn how to integrate sustainable practices across your business strategy

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


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Delivered in Collaboration with GetSmarter

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to provide an interactive and supported online learning experience.

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CISL’s online courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. These links will take you to the Get Smarter website.


“The Business Sustainability Management course has well-balanced content that helps you to embed the theory into daily business practice. The knowledge shared is based on world-class research and displayed in a format that is easy to understand with great dynamics between reading materials and video and interactive learning content through group discussion forums.”

Ildiko Horvath, Regional HR Manager, Mango   

“Overall, I thought this course was excellent. I really loved it, and all that I learned. It really was an eyeopener discerning fact from fiction. The content was broad and all-encompassing, allowing you to really understand a number of aspects. My knowledge in sustainability has been massively enhanced, and I now have far greater depth and confidence when speaking on such matters, as well as thoughts for implementing new plans.”

Rosalind Brown, Portfolio and Channel Marketing Director, The Coca-Cola Company