Imperial Sustainability Leadership Programme

Leadership with a purpose

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Course Dates

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23 February 2022

Course Duration

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13 weeks, online
6–8 hours per week

Course Duration

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Hold your business to a higher standard

Imperial Sustainability Leadership is an online certificate programme designed to help you create a responsible business model for lasting economic value – one that is purpose-driven to deliver positive environmental and social impact for all stakeholders. Over the course of 13 weeks, you will develop new methods and a new mindset. You will evolve as a business leader while refining a sustainability innovation strategy for your organisation that rises to the challenge of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.

Why now?

Sustainability is no longer optional. Consumers, employees and investors are pushing hard for organisations to dedicate resources to making a positive contribution to society in line with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Prioritising corporate social responsibility offers a world of opportunity for your company to do well while it does good.

Through at least 2023

the sustainability spend is increasing and will be resilient

Source: Gartner

18%

of respondents in a 2021 study indicated having a sustainable IT strategy with well-defined goals and target timelines in their organisation

Source: Capgemini

73%

of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products

SOURCE: Nielsen IQ

Why take the Sustainability Leadership Programme?

The innovative thinking at Imperial College London has made the school a worldwide leader in the fusion of business, technology and an entrepreneurial mindset. Imperial Sustainability Leadership programme delivers a curriculum balanced between strategy and finance, created with the goal of helping you reinvent your business as a sustainable organisation:

  • Cultivate the mindset to create lasting change.
  • Identify the connections between business and social responsibility.
  • Evaluate your organisation’s sustainability-related metrics.
  • Develop a change plan in the direction of a flourishing organisational culture.
  • Use the six Ps model to evaluate your organisation’s sustainable development.
  • Integrate stakeholder needs into corporate governance structures.
  • Explore relevant sustainability case studies.
  • Receive personal support from a dedicated learning team throughout the programme.
  • Earn a verified digital certificate from Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

By the end of this 13-week online certificate programme, you will be able to:

  • Create a sustainability transformation plan for your organisation.
  • Develop a sustainability mindset.
  • Communicate to key stakeholders the connections between economic and environmental success.

What you will learn

This programme will guide you to maximise the positive environmental and social impact of your business decisions over the course of 13 weeks. You will hear from expert speakers, complete activities and assignments, and, in every module, work on establishing the connection between sustainability and mediation.

Module 1:

The Environmental Impacts of Business

Discover how businesses use innovative practices to assess global climate and social challenges, identify how companies can become part of the solution, evaluate strategies for carbon reduction and analyse how global programmes set goals for long-term practices.

Module 2:

The Social Impacts of Business

Draw strategic connections between sustainability and social inequality by evaluating how business can contribute to reducing or eliminating humanity’s most pressing challenges and defining the metrics for evaluating a successful socially innovative initiative.

Module 3:

Assessments and Operations

Learn how rating agencies evaluate how well organisations meet sustainability goals, explore value chains, trace ESG metrics through the supply chain, identify your organisation’s sustainability-related metrics and create a sustainable value chain strategy.

Module 4:

Sustainable Business Model Innovation

Consider sustainable business model innovation and its future role by devising creative solutions to challenging problems with a contradiction matrix and creating a triple bottom line canvas for your organisation.

Module 5:

The Role of Technology in Supporting Innovation

Explore technology’s role in transforming business-as-usual processes and innovation by collaborating on works-in-progress from Module 4, creating and testing a prototype for a social innovation project for your organisation and refining the triple bottom line.

Module 6:

Sustainable Business Strategies

Learn how sustainability support economic success and can fit into an overall competitive business strategy by exploring how partnerships and M&A deals can help you reach your sustainability goals.

Module 7:

The Role of Finance and Integrated Reporting

Learn about the finance function as a component of transitioning to sustainability by identifying the impacts of integrated reporting, analysing how finance can support sustainability initiatives and exploring strategies to align an organisation’s investments with sustainability.

Module 8:

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Incentive Systems for Sustainability

Reflect on your leadership goals using the methods of ikigai (finding meaning in your work), examining how incentives help you attract, retain and develop talent, considering incentive systems to reward employees for meeting sustainability goals and “measuring” volunteerism.

Module 9:

Organisational Culture Change and the Purpose of the Organisation

Identify the importance of an organisational culture and the values of yours specifically by developing a plan to become a flourishing organisation, evaluating an organisation’s commitment to inclusion and exploring the connection between diversity and sustainability.

Module 10:

Stakeholder Integration in Governance

Consider how new governance models reflect the new realities of a post-shareholder primacy era by exploring alternative ways of integrating stakeholder voices, identifying the needs of stakeholders through qualitative research and comparing models of governance structure.

Module 11:

The Purpose-Driven Flourishing Enterprise

Examine how to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) by considering whether companies are the problem or the solution to the climate crisis, creating a roadmap for strategic purpose and evaluating your organisation’s sustainable development with the six P's model.

Module 12:

Leading Ecosystem Change

Shift to a flourishing model and create lasting change by examining the role of the organisation in system transformation processes, identifying how an organisation fits within a larger ecosystem and creating a map of relevant stakeholders within your organisation’s ecosystem.

Module 13:

Capstone Project

Present your transformation roadmap to your peers and prepare to take action within your own organisation.

Module 1:

The Environmental Impacts of Business

Discover how businesses use innovative practices to assess global climate and social challenges, identify how companies can become part of the solution, evaluate strategies for carbon reduction and analyse how global programmes set goals for long-term practices.

Module 8:

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Incentive Systems for Sustainability

Reflect on your leadership goals using the methods of ikigai (finding meaning in your work), examining how incentives help you attract, retain and develop talent, considering incentive systems to reward employees for meeting sustainability goals and “measuring” volunteerism.

Module 2:

The Social Impacts of Business

Draw strategic connections between sustainability and social inequality by evaluating how business can contribute to reducing or eliminating humanity’s most pressing challenges and defining the metrics for evaluating a successful socially innovative initiative.

Module 9:

Organisational Culture Change and the Purpose of the Organisation

Identify the importance of an organisational culture and the values of yours specifically by developing a plan to become a flourishing organisation, evaluating an organisation’s commitment to inclusion and exploring the connection between diversity and sustainability.

Module 3:

Assessments and Operations

Learn how rating agencies evaluate how well organisations meet sustainability goals, explore value chains, trace ESG metrics through the supply chain, identify your organisation’s sustainability-related metrics and create a sustainable value chain strategy.

Module 10:

Stakeholder Integration in Governance

Consider how new governance models reflect the new realities of a post-shareholder primacy era by exploring alternative ways of integrating stakeholder voices, identifying the needs of stakeholders through qualitative research and comparing models of governance structure.

Module 4:

Sustainable Business Model Innovation

Consider sustainable business model innovation and its future role by devising creative solutions to challenging problems with a contradiction matrix and creating a triple bottom line canvas for your organisation.

Module 11:

The Purpose-Driven Flourishing Enterprise

Examine how to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) by considering whether companies are the problem or the solution to the climate crisis, creating a roadmap for strategic purpose and evaluating your organisation’s sustainable development with the six P's model.

Module 5:

The Role of Technology in Supporting Innovation

Explore technology’s role in transforming business-as-usual processes and innovation by collaborating on works-in-progress from Module 4, creating and testing a prototype for a social innovation project for your organisation and refining the triple bottom line.

Module 12:

Leading Ecosystem Change

Shift to a flourishing model and create lasting change by examining the role of the organisation in system transformation processes, identifying how an organisation fits within a larger ecosystem and creating a map of relevant stakeholders within your organisation’s ecosystem.

Module 6:

Sustainable Business Strategies

Learn how sustainability support economic success and can fit into an overall competitive business strategy by exploring how partnerships and M&A deals can help you reach your sustainability goals.

Module 13:

Capstone Project

Present your transformation roadmap to your peers and prepare to take action within your own organisation.

Module 7:

The Role of Finance and Integrated Reporting

Learn about the finance function as a component of transitioning to sustainability by identifying the impacts of integrated reporting, analysing how finance can support sustainability initiatives and exploring strategies to align an organisation’s investments with sustainability.

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Case studies

Examine how innovators in sustainability have stepped up to the challenge of securing a more stable and prosperous future for the planet while securing growth and prosperity for their businesses. See CSR in action from the following examples:

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WOK

On its way to becoming the first “green” restaurant in Colombia, Wok had to evaluate whether the benefits of transitioning towards sustainability outweighed the costs and the risks.

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NOVOZYMES

Consider the ripple effect when the largest producer of industrial enzymes becomes the world’s first company to craft a corporate strategy based on the United Nations' SDGs.

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ENEL

When a global energy company invests in renewable energy sources, it must maintain a dual focus: the health of the planet and shared value creation for its stakeholders.

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NOVO NORDISK

As a company’s leadership positions sustainability as its primary strategic objective, how does it integrate the organisational culture and affect operations?

Programme experience

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Video lectures

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Live webinars

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Weekly assignments

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Interactive activities

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Case studies

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Discussions and polls

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Dedicated programme support team

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Continuous programme access

Who should attend?

This 13-week certificate programme is designed for senior executives and functional managers who are interested in building a comprehensive understanding of sustainability as a business practice. It is particularly relevant for the following roles:

  • Senior executives responsible for overall business growth and strategic initiatives who are seeking to make strategic changes to their business to make it more sustainable, develop a competitive advantage and develop a positive brand image for investors and shareholders.
  • CSR and sustainability specialists who are seeking to maximise their organisation’s negative environmental and social impact through sustainability practices, make a business case for new initiatives and build an action plan for meeting the organisation's sustainability goals.
  • Mid- to senior-level functional managers in traditional industries, such as energy, industrial goods, logistics and manufacturing who are seeking to contribute to their organisation’s sustainability efforts within their function and gain an understanding of how sustainability will affect their current role and business practices.
  • Consultants seeking to offer their clients solutions to help them achieve their sustainability goals, keep up with industry trends in sustainability and gain a respected credential to demonstrate specialisation in sustainability consulting.

Programme faculty

Faculty Member Maurizio Zollo

Maurizio Zollo

Professor of Strategy and Sustainability, Imperial College Business School, Head of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Scientific Director of the Leonardo Centre at Imperial

As a professor of strategy and sustainability at Imperial College London,, Maurizio Zollo aims to understand how organisations learn to grow and adapt to environmental turbulence. He is founder and chairman of the GOLDEN for Impact Foundation and... More info

Faculty Member Frank Brueck

Frank Brueck

Visiting Researcher, Imperial College Business School, Cofounder and Executive Vice President of GOLDEN for Impact Foundation, Amsterdam, Director of the IKIGAI Corp.

With more than 25 years of experience as a consultant, trainer, lecturer, and researcher in the fields of CSR/sustainability, cultural change, cross-cultural management, team building, and leadership development, Brueck cofounded the GOLDEN for Impact... More info

Livio Scalvini

Executive Director of the Leonardo Centre, Imperial College Business School

With 25 years of experience in sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact, venture and corporate venture capital, strategy, marketing, and investment banking, Livio Scalvini is executive director of the Leonardo Centre on Business for... More info

Certificate

Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

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The Imperial learning experience

Human

At Imperial College Business School, we create people-centric learning experiences. From conception through to delivery, we are guided by the principle that learning is a creative, personal and above all, human process. Our high quality, crafted learning environments are highly interactive, community-orientated and actively tutored. Our programmes offer an engaging experience designed to facilitate natural learning behaviours.

Real

No compromises. Our online programmes offer the absolute equivalent of our campus-based programmes. They adopt the same rigorous academic standards, are delivered via our world-leading faculty and offer a comparable high-touch approach to the classroom experience.

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