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Advanced Sustainability Program for Professionals

  • University of Edinburgh Business School 29 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9LL United Kingdom (map)

Impact Entrepreneur Center is pleased to be partnering with Edinburgh University's Business School on its upcoming Advanced Sustainability Program


Important Note: Our partners at the University of Edinburgh have generously offered Impact Entrepreneur Network members a special discount on this program. If you are a Network member, follow this special link to registration.  Once you have entered your personal registration details, then input the code below in the ‘discount code’ box which will then offer you your discounted rate. Discount code: ImpactE-ASP-May2018

Sustainability is a very dynamic and fast-paced field. This is further complicated by the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) global challenges shaping and informing sustainability practices in different contexts. A recent fundamental change to the sustainability landscape is the global emphasis on meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professionals in this space are required to make sense of these developments, and strategically reconcile the demands of sustainability with the quest for enhanced organisational performance.

The Advanced Sustainability Programme is underpinned by latest academic studies and industry practices in the field. The aim of this programme is to keep professionals in this area and those interested in sustainability abreast with cutting-edge research findings and practical insights, from leading organisations and practitioners, to enhance organisational performance.

It will help participants understand and drive organisational change and development along the lines of sustainability both within their organisations and in the markets in which their organisations operate. It is recognised, supported and endorsed as best practice by leading professional bodies.

The Advanced Sustainability Programme is targeted at people with extensive sustainability experience. It would be of specific relevance to experienced professionals in the following areas: corporate sustainability, responsible investments and sustainable finance, corporate strategy and governance, corporate secretariat, environmental management, risk management, innovation, sales and marketing, HRM, business development, project management, community engagement, investor relations, corporate relations, and public relations.

DAY ONE: Driving Organisational Change through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Sustainable Organisational Development and Culture Change
  • Business case for sustainability: recent findings and current trends
  • Aligning Systems, Processes, and Structures with the business context
  • Sustainability management tools and performance indicators/matrices
  • Change management agents and professionals: Strategies for overcoming challenges

DAY TWO: Exploring Market Opportunities through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Responsible Investment and Sustainable Finance
  • Creating New Markets through Sustainable Innovation
  • Brand building in complex markets through sustainability practices
  • Managing relations with stakeholders – investors, analysts, consumers, and regulators
  • Recent developments in reporting and communicating sustainability strategies and practices

DAY THREE: Enhancing Organisational Leadership and Governance through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Leading self and others in organisations
  • Responsible leadership in challenging environments
  • Leading change and innovation across organisational boundaries
  • Recent developments and trends in Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Effective leadership and preparation for individual career growth and taking your organisation to the next level


  • Kenneth Amaeshi: Chair in Business and Sustainability
  • John Amis: Chair in Strategic Management and Organisation
  • Jens Hagendorff: Chair in Finance
  • Caroline Marchant: Lecturer in Marketing

For more information and to register, visit the Business School's website.


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