Top 10 Executive Courses in Corporate Sustainability Leadership

Top 10 Executive Courses in Corporate Sustainability Leadership

Increasingly, demand is rising for corporate leaders who consider more than just the bottom line: they include environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors in their organizational strategy. 

Leaders are being urged by consumers, investors, regulators, and society to shift their methods of value creation as environmental and societal concerns have grown. Sustainability is now a business imperative. 

And as such, a growing number of business schools provide executive education courses in corporate sustainability leadership, which cover ESG investing, sustainable supply chain management, and employee and consumer engagement. Participants will also learn how to develop innovative business models and how to disclose sustainability practices to meet increasing and conflicting stakeholder demands. 

Using a mix of interactive lectures, simulations and action learning, the executives will develop practical and impactful strategies for building consensus and making change. With companies facing greater pressure to tackle societal challenges such as inequality as well as climate change, these skills are critical to any leader’s future success. 

New York City, New York

NYU Stern School of Business puts on the 14-week course called Corporate Sustainability. Participants learn how to make business a force for positive change through ESG investing, sustainable supply chain management, and employee and consumer engagement. The program is delivered online and upon completion successful participants will receive an NYU Stern certificate. 

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Cambridge (UK), United Kingdom

Cambridge Judge runs the Executive Programme on Sustainability Leadership in Dubai for 30 senior and middle executives from a wide range of industries. The two-day program is designed to give participants the knowledge and insights to align commercial success with long-term outcomes for society and the environment, though inspiration, networking, and practical tools to think systemically, identify priorities and embed leadership. 

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London, United Kingdom

London Business School runs the Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility online executive course. Participants will, over six weeks studying part-time, build fundamental knowledge of environmental, social and governance concerns to address their organization’s goals and challenges. They also learn how to develop innovative business models and how to disclose sustainability practices to meet increasing and conflicting stakeholder demands. 

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Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard Business School offers the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership course, which is an online program that runs for five weeks, part-time. The participants learn powerful new strategies for making sustainability a core driver of organizational performance and positive social and environmental change. 

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Stanford, California

Stanford Graduate School of Business, in partnership with Stanford’s schools f earth sciences, engineering and design, runs the Strategies for Sustainability program, an online and on-campus course that unpacks the core mindsets, frameworks and tools needed to promote organizational resilience and sustainability. Participants strengthen their creativity and leadership skills and develop and execute innovative solutions that deliver impact. 

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Oxford, United Kingdom

The Saïd Business School offers the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme, which helps executives to integrate ESG management into their business practices. They equip themselves with the essentials skills to address the ever greater need for sustainable business management. The online course lasts six weeks and is delivered part-time.

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Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley in California and Aalto University in Finland jointly offer the Strategic Sustainability for Business executive program that is delivered over several weeks part-time in Helsinki. Participants gain a holistic view of sustainability and how to create financial value through positive social and environmental impact. 

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Cambridge (USA), Massachusetts

Strategies for Sustainable Business is offered by MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Using a mix of interactive lectures, simulation games and action learning, participants develop practical and impactful strategies for building consensus and making change. They are empowered to take action on sustainability. It’s an online-only course delivered over four days. 

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New Haven, Connecticut

The Yale School of Management offers the course entitled, Corporate Sustainability Management: Risk, Profit, and Purpose. Leaders on this program gain the skills and knowledge to implement strategies that address societal and environmental challenges while enriching the bottom line. The program explores the risks and opportunities of building a purpose-driven corporate strategy. 

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London, United Kingdom

UCL has its three-day online course called Navigating the Business Sustainability Agenda. Participants, who are both executives and advisors, will learn how to deploy strategies that drive business profitability but empathize sustainability. The participants also learn how to communicate these benefits to customers and other key stakeholders.

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