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Business Sustainability Management online short course


Course start dates

30 September

Course fees





8 weeks (+1.5 weeks orientation) 12–15 hours/week

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 nearly 9,000 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.


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

Sustainable Supply Chain Advisor at Jaguar Land Rover


Dame Polly Courtice

Founder and Director of The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


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

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.

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