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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Sustainability Essentials




Online, self-paced


Self-paced, typically 4 hours


£55 per 3-month licence (discounts for bulk purchase available)

Last day to purchase: 30th April 2024


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Why choose this online sustainability course?

The Sustainability Essentials for Business online course is designed to help individuals build a common understanding of sustainability within organisations.

For businesses to respond effectively to the rapidly changing social, environmental and economic context requires transformational change. This cannot be achieved by sustainability experts and senior management acting alone.  

Sustainability Essentials for Business helps individuals better understand global sustainability trends and effective business responses and actions. Supporting learning, innovation and leadership, the online sustainability course will help you identify areas of personal and professional relevance within your sphere of influence.

The online sustainability training is an effective way of building a common understanding of sustainability in a business context. Its learner-centric design allows users to learn in their own time, at their own pace, completing modules over several days or weeks anywhere around the world.  


94 per cent of users rate the online course as good or excellent and over 90 per cent would recommend Sustainability Essentials for Business to their colleagues.


What will I learn?

Sustainability Essentials for Business offers a flexible learning process of inquiry, reflection, case studies and management simulations.

As they work through their choice of modules, learners are asked to test their assumptions, understanding and preparedness by:

  • Examining key trends that pose significant risks and opportunities for business (such as climate disruption, food security, health, poverty and inequality)
  • Exploring the implications of these for their organisation
  • Considering organisational responses to these issues
  • Engaging with the concerns and expectations of stakeholders
  • Identifying and testing opportunities to take action within their own sphere of influence

In practice, learners complete the course in their own time, progressing through modules which may contain videos, self-assessments, case studies, quizzes, management simulations or role-play exercises. Learners who successfully complete the online sustainability course, including achieving a pass on all four self-assessments, will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Purchase your licence(s) online

Every learner needs a license to access Sustainability Essentials for Business and single or multiple licences are issued upon payment.

Click here to register and purchase your Sustainability Essentials for Business 6-month licence(s).


Course launch

In recognition of the everchanging business sustainability space, CISL is launching a new suite of self-paced courses, including Sustainability Foundations for Business, which will replace this course from the 1st of May, 2024. 

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