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How to Build a Sustainable Organization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies – 4 Week Course

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Develop the tools and frameworks you need to incorporate sustainability practices into your business model.

Program Overview

Sustainable business strategy is one of the ways that organizations can gain a competitive advantage — and drive both short- and long-term success. 

Many key stakeholders, including investors, customers, and employees, now consider sustainability a priority. Organizations that commit to this purpose driven goal will be ready to respond more efficiently to the economic challenges posed by the world’s changing environment.

This program offers sustainability strategies and practical insights to help you build sustainability into your organization and incorporate it into your approach day-to-day. You will learn how to create a customized strategy to develop and deploy positive and effective sustainability practices that will protect and promote the long-term profitability of your business model.

The course focuses on: 

  • Critical sustainability challenges
  • Creating a purpose driven organization
  • Sustainability leadership competencies
  • How sustainable organizations have embraced change
  • Collaborating creatively with stakeholder organizations
  • Sustainability frameworks and tools
  • Setting goals and benchmarking related to sustainability
  • Stakeholders and addressing risk
  • Crafting your sustainability vision

Benefits of the Sustainable Organization Program

This program gives participants insight into the sustainability challenges facing organizations today. By exploring best practices for implementing sustainability strategies, learning how stakeholders across the board influence sustainability goals, and identifying key competencies in sustainability leadership and management, participants will be able to identify customizable goals across job titles, industries, and organizations. 

All participants earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.

How You’ll Learn

Building a Sustainable Organization offers an online format option. Participants meet for 3.5 hours one day per week for 4 weeks. Tuition for the program is $2,600.

You will engage in interactive discussions, case studies, and group exercise to examine global sustainability frameworks and best practices. You will also explore examples of organizations that have successfully integrated sustainability business strategy.

Who Should Enroll

This program is appropriate for leaders who are committed to developing sustainability goals and promoting sustainable business practices, including executives, managers, and sustainability directors from corporations, educational institutions, governments, and nonprofit organizations.

FAQs

What are sustainable organizations and why are they important?

Sustainable organizations incorporate purpose-driven business models to achieve sustainability initiatives. Environmental responsibility is increasingly important to the global health of the planet, as well as to the success of businesses across all industries.

How will the Building a Sustainable Organization program help me improve my career or company?

Sustainable management is an increasingly important component of organizations across multiple industries. Gaining the knowledge and skill set to incorporate this vital aspect of corporate strategy will give you invaluable perspective as a leader and set the standard for your company’s sustainability practices.

How many hours will I spend on this program each week?

This program requires participants to meet for 3.5 hours one day per week for 4 weeks. The course meets online via Zoom.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking, and expand their leadership skills.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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Harvard Division of Continuing Education Professional & Executive Development Certificate of Leadership Excellence.