Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies

Create business strategies using a sustainable circular economy model

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Course Dates

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2 April 2024

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAMME FEE

£1,513 and get £170 off with a referral

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Why enrol in 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. The six-week Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies online 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.

56%

of investors are gearing up to increase their allocations to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investments by 2024.

SOURCE: deVere Group

24 million

new jobs can be created globally by 2030 by shifting to a greener economy.

SOURCE: International Labour Organization

US$53 trillion

is the anticipated total for global ESG assets by 2025, which is over a third of the expected US$140.5 trillion in total assets under management.

SOURCE: Bloomberg Intelligence

Key takeaways

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the three dimensions of sustainability: society, environment and economy.
  • Build the vocabulary and vision to explain how to create a business culture of sustainability.
  • Discover how to demonstrate the value of impactful investments.
  • Learn to plot and implement steps for developing a sustainable business model.

See how our learners grew

98%

of participants' from a recent cohort said they were confident in plotting and implementing the steps needed to develop a sustainable business.

Over 90%

of participants' have consistently stated workbook assignments contributed significantly to their learning experience.


Source: Emeritus Survey, 2023

Who is this programme for?

The six-week Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies online programme is ideal for those seeking a future-conscious approach to:

  • Leveraging sustainability for competitive advantage and driving long-term growth in the post-pandemic world.
  • Creating innovative and sustainable solutions to business challenges.
  • Gaining strategies that will help them achieve business goals while maintaining a culture of sustainability.

Proven results

How learners see themselves grow
72%
Made successful career transitions
92%
Felt more effective at their work
94%
Experienced a positive impact

Testimonials

I loved the dynamic learning methods as well as the content. It was a great mix of office hours, webinars and self-led learning that suited me perfectly.

— Lyndsay Roffey, Co-Founder & COO, Conscious Cleaning Subscription

The programme has so much information with a clear and concise structure to obtain a foothold in sustainability.

— Richard Hall, Interim Director of Finance, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

The project examples and practices were excellent. The ReSOLVE framework, AIDA methodology, and the simplicity of Dr. Soufany while explaining complex concepts and processes were brilliant.

— Marina Robles, Global Head of Sustainability Insights, Euromonitor International

The networking sessions were great because we could learn current and real-life examples of related topics from our peers.

— Cynthea Louis, Senior Manager Credit Risk, Danajamin Nasional Berhad

The programme covers a very relevant topic on economic growth, raises awareness, and contributes towards establishing a common language, a terminology essential to conduct meaningful conversations about sustainability and circularity.

— Tamas Sarkadi, Group Head of Sustainability, Sabater

What you will learn

Module 1:

Introduction to Sustainability and Natural Capital

Learn the fundamentals of sustainability and examine it from a business standpoint using metrics such as the triple bottom line (TBL), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Activity: develop a list of potential initiatives and record them in a sustainability initiative register.

Module 2:

The Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models

Examine the basics of a circular economy and discover the power of a sustainable business model to mitigate waste.

Activity: evaluate your organisation’s business model using the four components of the circular economy framework.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Organisation

Understand the importance of sustainability to long-term organisational success.

Activity: explore sustainable business models and the circular economy framework.

Module 4:

Enablers of Sustainability

Explore the relationship between circularity and sustainability and identify other forces that enable sustainability, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), impact investment, leadership and management commitment, infrastructure and government policy.

Activity: pitch a sustainability initiative for your organisation.

Module 5:

Driving Innovation through Impactful Solutions

Discover the connection between sustainability and innovation.

Activity: use the ReSOLVE framework as a springboard for creating innovations that are both profitable and sustainable.

Module 6:

Impact Investment: Fundamentals and Characteristics

Understand the characteristics of sustainable finance and learn how the impact of investments are measured to build a legacy of sustainability for your organisation.

Activity: examine the traditional and impact investment approaches to calculating returns.

Module 1:

Introduction to Sustainability and Natural Capital

Learn the fundamentals of sustainability and examine it from a business standpoint using metrics such as the triple bottom line (TBL), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Activity: develop a list of potential initiatives and record them in a sustainability initiative register.

Module 4:

Enablers of Sustainability

Explore the relationship between circularity and sustainability and identify other forces that enable sustainability, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), impact investment, leadership and management commitment, infrastructure and government policy.

Activity: pitch a sustainability initiative for your organisation.

Module 2:

The Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models

Examine the basics of a circular economy and discover the power of a sustainable business model to mitigate waste.

Activity: evaluate your organisation’s business model using the four components of the circular economy framework.

Module 5:

Driving Innovation through Impactful Solutions

Discover the connection between sustainability and innovation.

Activity: use the ReSOLVE framework as a springboard for creating innovations that are both profitable and sustainable.

Module 3:

Building a Sustainable Organisation

Understand the importance of sustainability to long-term organisational success.

Activity: explore sustainable business models and the circular economy framework.

Module 6:

Impact Investment: Fundamentals and Characteristics

Understand the characteristics of sustainable finance and learn how the impact of investments are measured to build a legacy of sustainability for your organisation.

Activity: examine the traditional and impact investment approaches to calculating returns.

*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

Live office hours

Featured Faculty Guest Presenter

Featured faculty guest presenter

Dedicated Programme Support Team

Dedicated programme support team

Assignments

Assignments

Q&A Sessions

Q&A sessions

Discussions

Discussions

Networking opportunity

Assignments

Assignments are structured around a sustainability workbook, a space to enter weekly reflections on programme concepts and apply what you have learned in the context of your own organisation. Examples of these types of assignments might include:

Natural capital

Natural capital

Assess your organisation’s contributions to the conservation of the Earth's natural capital.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement

Identify stakeholders, engagement strategies and change management techniques to ensure a successful transition to a circular business model.

Sustainability pitch

Sustainability pitch

Create a one-page pitch describing how you would apply all five markers of sustainability to make your business more sustainable.

Sustainability Initiatives Register

Sustainability Initiatives Register

Through a series of six assignments, develop an Initiatives Register and use it as a guide to evaluate the circularity of your business model, identify relevant stakeholders and pitch your sustainability initiatives.

Faculty

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, PhD (University of Nottingham)

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... More info

Featured guest speakers

Faculty Member OTHMAN COLE

OTHMAN COLE

Management Practice Associate Professor (Finance), Deputy Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Fellow of Hughes Hall, MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Dr 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.

Certificate

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 advisers, 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.

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 us on the email address mentioned above learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated programme adviser 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 the ID mentioned above.


    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 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 email us if you need further clarification on programme activities.



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

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 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.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the programme delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the programme in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    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 email us 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 adviser or email us for details.


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

    Yes! Please email us 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 us 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 connect with us via email 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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