Business Sustainability Management

Learn to argue the business case for sustainability, develop integrated sustainability strategies, and implement them throughout your sphere of influence.


8 weeks, excluding


8-12 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll walk away with:


The confidence to argue the business case for sustainability informed by a rich understanding of the impact of current global economic, social, and environmental pressures.


An action plan for integrating sustainability across your organisation’s value chain to ensure long-term value creation.


A certificate from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


Access to the CISL alumni network, consisting of nearly 9,000 senior leaders and leading practitioners who represent business, the public sector and civil society in every industry, on every continent.

Course outline

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

Your Course Convenor

Martin Roberts

Director of Digital Learning,
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Roberts joined CISL as a programme director in 2008. He is an expert in digital learning, sustainability, and business leadership, having worked in diverse sectors around the globe, including helping NGOs in Africa develop their own solutions to natural resource challenges. Roberts is responsible for digital learning at CISL, and has a keen interest in using technology to promote learning and change. As Course Co-Convenor, he draws on his vast experience of helping business leaders to effectively and sustainably reshape their organisations by applying innovative business models of the future.

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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.

An online education that sets you apart

This CISL online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


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

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