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Oxford Saïd: Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme

Lead sustainable business practices and contemporary forms of value creation.

Lead sustainable business practices and contemporary forms of value creation.

This course is offered by , an edX partner
6 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Oct 25, 2023
Enroll by Oct 17, 2023
Instructor-led on a course schedule
6 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Oct 25, 2023
Enroll by Oct 17, 2023
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this Course

Corporations are under increasing scrutiny for their contributions to society and the environment. Against this backdrop, a business strategy that considers its environmental impact is vital. There is increased demand for corporate leaders with the ability to drive sustainability and shift the traditional methods of value creation towards the concept of the triple bottom line.

The Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme takes an executive-level perspective on business sustainability, looking beyond traditional views of measuring and reporting on performance, to integrate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors into your business practice. With a focus on corporate sustainability leadership, this course aims to equip leaders with the essential skills to address this critical business need.

Examine your corporation’s impact on the environment from multiple perspectives, including a view of climate change that accounts for risk, carbon emissions and natural resource management. With expert guidance, you'll develop the ability to drive effective carbon management strategies, while formulating key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring your corporation’s sustainability efforts, and dependency on natural, social, and human capital.

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll gain access to expert insights and leading research from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Create a personal plan for developing, implementing, and leading strategies for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in your organization, as you strive to effect positive change and reduce your organization’s impact on the environment.

The Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme is relevant to a broad range of roles across industries. This course is designed for professionals interested in actively leading and accounting for low carbon, circular and climate positive business transitions.

Whether you’re a current or aspiring business leader, or a senior professional with an interest in pursuing sustainable business, you’ll benefit from the insights provided by this course on communicating and implementing business strategies that enable you to drive positive sustainable change. If you occupy a finance or operations function, or work in the banking, investment, IT, or manufacturing sectors, an understanding of new metrics of performance and integrated ESG accounting methods will help you facilitate the measurement of your corporation’s environmental impact.

Course curriculum

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Learn to lead sustainable change in your corporation as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1: Corporate purpose and value creation

Module 2: Responding to climate change

Module 3: Natural capital and resource management

Module 4: Social sustainability

Module 5: Ensuring sustainability: governance, risk, and reporting

Module 6: Levers of change

About the certificate

Study sustainable value creation in corporations and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the programme handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the programme.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you digitally upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

Some facts about the subject


The amount of surveyed CEOs who believe sustainability will be important to the future success of their business.

UN Global Compact (Jan, 2019).


The amount of institutional investors who have increased their investment in companies that excel in environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

KPMG (2020).

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