Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

19 October 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Duration

PROGRAMME FEE

US$2,000

Course Information Flexible payment available
Course Information Special group enrolment pricing

Why Enrol for the Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies programme?

The overexploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth and development has had a negative impact on the environment while also causing these resources to become scarcer and costlier. So, it is easy to see why the idea of a circular economy that offers new ways to create a more sustainable economic growth model is taking hold across the globe. This programme is designed to help you understand the growing business case for sustainable solutions and learn how to manage and grow a sustainable business by incorporating circular economy principles into your strategies.

90%

of raw materials used in manufacturing in Europe become waste before the product leaves the factory.

Source: Cambridge Judge Business School Circular Economy Centre (CEC)

80%

of products made in Europe get thrown away in the first six months of their existence.

Source: Cambridge Judge Business School Circular Economy Centre (CEC)

$700 million

is the annual material cost savings that could be realized in the fast-paced consumer goods industry with the implementation of a new circular economy

Source: Ellen Macarthur Foundation, 'What Is the Circular Economy'

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about the nuances of the interrelationship between the three dimensions of sustainability: society, environment and economy.
  • Develop the vocabulary and vision to explain how to build a business culture of sustainability.
  • Demonstrate the value of impactful investments.
  • Plot and implement steps for developing a sustainable business model.

What You Will Learn

Module 1:

Introduction to Sustainability and Natural Capital

Define sustainability and its link to overconsumption and overproduction from a business and economic standpoint. Describe multiple metrics for measuring sustainability, including the triple bottom line (TBL); environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Module 2:

The Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models

Define the fundamentals of a circular economy and the characteristics of a circular business model. Describe the business benefits of transitioning to a circular business model.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Organisation

Learn how to build a sustainable culture in organisations, including how to incorporate other business strategies into the process. Recognise and make plans to avoid the potential pitfalls that arise when changing organisational culture.

Module 4:

Enablers of Sustainability

Analyse how circularity enables sustainability, describe the various other enablers of sustainability and learn how to design waste out of your business processes.

Module 5:

Driving Innovation through Impactful Solutions

Learn how sustainability can drive innovation and describe innovations that have improved sustainability. Use the ReSOLVE framework as a springboard for creating sustainable innovations.

Module 6:

Impact Investment: Fundamentals and Characteristics

Describe the characteristics of sustainable finance and learn how the impact of investments are measured.

Module 1:

Introduction to Sustainability and Natural Capital

Define sustainability and its link to overconsumption and overproduction from a business and economic standpoint. Describe multiple metrics for measuring sustainability, including the triple bottom line (TBL); environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Module 4:

Enablers of Sustainability

Analyse how circularity enables sustainability, describe the various other enablers of sustainability and learn how to design waste out of your business processes.

Module 2:

The Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models

Define the fundamentals of a circular economy and the characteristics of a circular business model. Describe the business benefits of transitioning to a circular business model.

Module 5:

Driving Innovation through Impactful Solutions

Learn how sustainability can drive innovation and describe innovations that have improved sustainability. Use the ReSOLVE framework as a springboard for creating sustainable innovations.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Organisation

Learn how to build a sustainable culture in organisations, including how to incorporate other business strategies into the process. Recognise and make plans to avoid the potential pitfalls that arise when changing organisational culture.

Module 6:

Impact Investment: Fundamentals and Characteristics

Describe the characteristics of sustainable finance and learn how the impact of investments are measured.

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How You Will Learn

Video Lectures

Video Lectures

4 Live Webinars with Cambridge Judge Faculty

4 Live Webinars with Cambridge Judge Faculty

Featured Faculty Guest Presenter

Featured Faculty Guest Presenter

Dedicated Programme Support Team

Dedicated Programme Support Team

Cutting-Edge Learning Platform with Mobile Access

Cutting-Edge Learning Platform with Mobile Access

Assignments

Assignments

Q&A Sessions

Q&A Sessions

Discussions

Discussions

Assignments

Assignments are structured around a sustainability workbook that allows you to reflect on each week’s concepts and then plot next steps to apply what you’ve learned in the context of your own organisation. Examples of these types of assignments might include:

Natural Capital

Natural Capital

Describe how your company contributes to (or impedes) the conservation of the earth’s natural capital.

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Identify stakeholders in your organisation, learn how you would engage them and include the change management techniques that could be employed to ensure a successful transition from a traditional to circular business model.

Sustainability Pitch

Sustainability Pitch

Build a one-page pitch for a business case to make your business more sustainable while incorporating all five markers of sustainability using examples from your own industry.

Planned Obsolescence Model

Planned Obsolescence Model

Explain the advantages and disadvantages of a planned obsolescence model and learn how to plan a circular business model considering these factors.

Impact Investments

Impact Investments

Share an impactful investment you've made in your industry in the last five years and whether you can measure its impact and a plan for a future impactful investment.

Who Is This Programme For?

This programme was developed to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of sustainability and the benefits of implementing a circular economy. It is ideal for:

  • C-suite executives looking to use sustainability as a competitive advantage and drive business growth in a post-pandemic world.
  • Mid- to senior-level managers aiming to achieve business sustainability through innovative solutions, advance their career and lead an organisation.
  • Consultants seeking to provide their clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to business problems while demonstrating credibility and capability through a respected programme.

Faculty

Profile picture of programme faculty, Dr Khaled Soufani

DR Khaled Soufani

Faculty (Professor Level) in Management Practice, Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Director of the Circular Economy Centre (CEC), Fellow of Clare Hall College

Dr Soufani has published extensively in economics and finance in areas relating to financial management, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, family business and the financial and economic affairs of small to medium-sized enterprises. His research also includes work on economic growth and innovation relating to the circular economy and fast-growing markets and economies. More info

Featured Faculty Guest Presenter

Faculty Member Othman Cole

DR Othman Cole

Senior Faculty in Management Practice (Finance), Deputy Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Fellow of Hughes Hall

Dr Othman Cole is a Senior Faculty in Management Practice (Finance) and the Deputy Director of the Executive MBA programme at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Testimonials

"I found the entire structure of the program and the presentation of the information to be very clear and helpful. It truly exceeded my expectations! Dr Soufani and Dr Cole shared phenomenal knowledge, and my program leader as well as the teams that ran the office hours were amazing too. I feel that I am now part of a greater community of people from around the world who are equally as concerned and proactive in making positive change through innovation and application of the principles that we all learnt in this course!"

— Gabrielle Allen, CEO, Media Farm

"I loved the videos—they were short and concise with accompanying case studies. In addition, I also loved the sustainability workbook as a guide to test ideas and make goals for my own work."

— Susan Rockefeller, Editor-in-Chief of Musings, documentary filmmaker, artist and conservationist

"A few things that stood out in this program were the easy to understand and relatable course material, diverse real-life examples and supportive learning facilitators. It also included the financial perspective, offered direction for the implantation of ideas and addressed change management, which made this an enriching experience."

— Juan Manuel Piqueras Boza, Global Head of Brands Combustibles, BAT

"For me, the best part was the huge amount of information that I got from participants and course leaders. Not only did it cover concrete company examples but also spoke about different organisations that we should track to obtain novelties."

— Lana Uzelac, Head of Corporate Control and Finance Transformation, L'Oreal (Croatia)

"The practical understanding that this programme proved was great! Designing a circular business model, stakeholder analysis and creating a pitch definitely made for a useful challenge that I particularly enjoyed."

— Ioannis Sideris, CEO, Hellenic Recycling Agency

"Learning frameworks, like the circular economy framework, Pestel and ReSOLVE, was very rewarding."

— Claudia de la Vega, Corporate Affairs/ESG Director, Walmart Mexico

"This programme helped me reframe what it means to be circular within the wider context of the economy and how to correctly express my ideas in relation to pre-existing, recognised benchmarks of sustainable production."

— Stephanie Cheong, independent consultant

Certificate

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.

Please note that this programme can be incorporated into the completion of the Cambridge General Management Certificate of Achievement (GMCA). It will be credited as an "in-person" two-day programme for the purpose of meeting the GMCA requirements. If you require more details on the GMCA and wish to speak to our advisors, please contact executive.education@jbs.cam.ac.uk.

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