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

This course is for you if:


  • You want to expand your knowledge of sustainability across various organisations, industries and practices; including business, consulting, environmental, social and governance (ESG), and energy sectors

  • You need to enhance your knowledge of design and innovation for sustainability

  • You’re looking to start a business, shift career paths or broaden your skill set within your current role

  • You’re in a management role or leadership position and want to lead the sustainability transition within your team and organisation

Course outline

Module 1
Sustainability challenges and opportunities

The global state, what needs to change, and how to bridge the sustainability gap through rewiring the economy.

Module 2
The business case and leadership for action

Why sustainability is good for business, and the importance of good leadership in achieving change.

Module 3
Regulatory environment and international policy

Policy instruments, international agreements, and the role of business and civil society in shaping a zero-carbon economy.

Module 4
Production and consumption

The value chain: Implementing business models and processes for sourcing, producing, and consuming sustainably.

Module 5
Design, technology and planning for sustainability

The role of innovative design, planning, and technology in facilitating sustainable business.

Module 6
Communication and marketing

How to effectively communicate sustainability strategies and goals to internal and external stakeholders.

Module 7
Collaboration and partnerships

How businesses can work together with corporate, government, and non-profit actors to bring about large-scale change in the sustainability space.

Module 8
Rewiring your business approach

Learn how to be an effective change agent, overcome barriers to change, obtain networking support, and create a personalised sustainability action plan.

You'll walk away with:


The confidence to argue the business case for sustainability informed by a comprehensive 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.


The skills and knowledge to apply design, innovation and leadership competencies within your team or organisation.


A certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, validating your expertise in sustainability management.

Your Course Convenor

Martin Roberts

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

Roberts is a programme director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where he helps companies with a global reach to derive value from embedding innovative approaches to sustainability across their organisation and their supply chains. Roberts has extensive experience working with companies and NGOs on sustainability challenges, with particular expertise in the food, agricultural, utility, tourism and extractive sectors. He has lived in several African countries working with governments and the private sector to tackle the resource challenges of today and the future.

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is an institution within the University of Cambridge. Its mission is to empower individuals and organisations to take the lead in tackling critical global challenges. By offering supported, interactive online short courses, CISL is able to share its knowledge and purpose with a worldwide audience.
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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. 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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