Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies

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Course Dates

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15 September 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAMME FEE

US$2,095 US$1,927 or get US$210 off with a referral

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Why Enrol for the Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies programme?

The overexploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth and development has negatively impacted the environment and adversely affected their availability and cost. So, it is easy to see why the idea of a circular economy, which 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.

2X

To maintain the livability of our world, we must double global circularity from 8.6% to 17%.

SOURCE: CIRCLE ECONOMY, THE CIRCULARITY GAP REPORT 2021

90%

The percentage of business leaders who indicate that consumers will likely hold them responsible for their environmental impact, an increase of 12 points from 2018.

SOURCE: ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND, 2019 FOURTH WAVE ADOPTION BENCHMARK STUDY

$53 trillion

The projected value of global sustainability assets by 2025—also equal to more than one-third of the estimated $140.5 trillion in assets under management.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE

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.

*For more information on the syllabus, please download the brochure.

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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.

Faculty

Profile picture of programme faculty, Professor Khaled Soufani

Professor Khaled Soufani

Management Practice Professor of Financial Economics & Policy, Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA Programme, Director of the Circular Economy Centre (CEC), Fellow of Clare Hall College

Professor Soufani has published extensively in economics and finance in areas relating to financial management, corporate restructuring, M&A, private equity, venture capital and 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

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

Example image of certificate that will be awarded after successful completion of this program

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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Note: After successful completion of the online programme, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the programme. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.

What You Will Learn

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

FAQs

  • How do I know if this programme is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the programme landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the programme brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions about whether this programme is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated programme advisor will follow up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this programme?

    Some programmes do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the programme landing page, as well as in the programme brochure. If you are uncertain about programme prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the programme web page, all programmes are taught in English, and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 per cent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry and geography—leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this programme be offered in the future?

    Check back at this programme web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future programme dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each programme includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the programme landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the programme brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this programme to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities, including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific programme schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The programme is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on programme activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 per cent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programmes said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated programme support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other programme participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the programme. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each programme includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enrol. This is referenced at the top of the programme landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the programme brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programmes are designed to fit into your working life.

    This programme is scored as a pass or no-pass. Participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programmes include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the programme brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific programme requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter or resume and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the programme, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social networking platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this programme?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this programme. In some cases, there are credits that count towards a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the programme brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and programme materials for 12 months following the programme start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this programme?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the programme content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access programme content from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you can view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the programme without missing any of the core programme material or learnings.


    What is the programme fee and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The programme fee is noted at the top of this programme web page and usually referenced in the programme brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this programme web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the programme currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your programme advisor or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the programme you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific programme you’re interested in enrolling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this programme?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the programme fee in instalments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the programme, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the programme, you have until the midpoint of the programme to request to defer to a future cohort of the same programme. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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