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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Sustainability Foundations for Business




Online, asynchronous.

Learning time

Self-paced, typically 6-8 hours.


£139 + VAT, discount available for bulk purchase.

Key learning

Learners gain critical foundational knowledge of sustainable business practices and create a personal action plan to contribute to the necessary change in their organisation or sphere of influence.

Who is this course for?

  • Learners looking to start their sustainability journey, refresh their understanding with the latest knowledge in sustainable business practices and who want to deliver impact within and beyond their business.
  • Organisations and individuals looking to deliver impact within and beyond their business through skills development.
  • Organisations looking to build a foundational understanding of sustainable business practices in specific teams or across their organisation.

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There has never been a more urgent time to understand sustainable business and how it can be achieved. This business course is designed for individuals in all professions and organisations of all sizes looking to gain a critical foundational understanding of global sustainability trends and the urgent purpose-driven strategies and action needed. It supports professional development at an individual and organisational level and delivers the introductory understanding needed to unleash sustainable business practices to innovate, collaborate and lead for the future. The learning is rooted in the latest sustainability thinking and can benefit users across all levels, functions and industries within the business ecosystem. 


This course enables learners to

  • Understand the impact of current global economic, social, and environmental pressures on their business sector. 

  • Apply systems thinking to determine the ways in which systems shape societal outcomes. 

  • Appraise the value of integrating sustainability across their organisation, operations and supply chains. 

  • Evaluate how best to manage the risks and opportunities relating to their organisation's impacts on, and dependencies on, society and the environment. 

  • Create a personal action plan to contribute to the necessary change in their organisation or sphere of influence. 


Topics include

  • Sustainability challenges: systems pressures and trends 

  • The impact on business: risk and opportunities & the business case 

  • The role of business in rethinking and rewiring economies 

  • What 'good' looks like: examples of best practice 

  • Your personal action plan: How to drive sustainability in your organisation 


Course launch

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