Imperial Sustainability Leadership Programme

Make a real impact on your organisation’s bottom line
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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 15 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.


The programme takes you through the introduction to new tools, processes and ways to establish, implement and measure better ESG initiatives within the business. My intent was always there, but I was ...
Lisa Munro,
Managing Director, Europe,
Marke Creative Merchandise
The optional and mandatory assessments were excellent and really made me think and apply the learning to real-life scenarios (i.e. my own business). I feel I have come out of the programme with a tang...
Helen Shellabear,
Managing Director,
Shellwin PLC
The programme created an appreciation of sustainability topics and gave us tools to address these as leaders. Live sessions, networking opportunities and office hours were engaging and great for learn...
Priyavarta Vedasen,
Vice President,
Credit Suisse
The good breadth of subject matter and the delivery through short articles and videos made this very accessible. I have mild dyslexia and was concerned about the prospect of reading lengthy journals o...
Alan Bastey,
Customer Relationship Director,
I thoroughly enjoyed the optional assignments. I completed all of them, and I felt it helped to put my learning into practice. I also really enjoyed all the readings and case studies.
Laura Huff,
Head of Product Sales Specialists,

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. The 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 15-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

Imperial Sustainability Leadership Programme has been awarded the 2022 Financial Times Responsible Business Education Award for driving societal change, promoting sustainable development, and demonstrating novel ways to teach digitally in a more inclusive way.

What you will learn

Throughout the programme, your learning will be centred around two threads:

  • Data-informed: with insights from the thought leaders at Imperial's Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, which houses the GOLDEN database, you will learn about experimental designs for organisations that help examine the impact of stakeholder-orientated change at the core of business
  • Reflective: cultivate a sustainability mindset through an optional meditation track, which research proves is crucial for creating lasting change
This programme will guide you to maximise the positive environmental and social impact of your business decisions over the course of 15 weeks. You will hear from expert speakers, complete activities and assignments and, in every module, work on establishing the connection between sustainability and mediation.

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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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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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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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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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 15-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

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 turbulen...

Faculty Member 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 ...


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,...



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

The Imperial learning experience


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.


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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Flexible payment options available.

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