Sustainability management


With sustainability issues becoming increasingly important and needing much more attention, it is not surprising that consumers are demanding greater accountability, transparency and responsibility from organisations. If you build sustainability efforts into the fabric of your day-to-day goals and put them at the forefront of your value creation, your organization can successfully adapt to this challenging and rapidly changing environment.

This course will prepare you to assess your organization’s current sustainability efforts, identify gaps and opportunities, and create unique solutions to increase your organization’s value. You’ll gain insight into your organization’s competitive approach by assessing environmental and social sustainability throughout the life cycle of a product or service and using research-based frameworks and methodologies to ideate solutions that turn sustainability challenges into market opportunities. You will also explore how aligning stakeholder relationships enhances your ability to achieve profitability and sustainability goals. With these strategies and best practices, you will be in a unique position to create a sustainability implementation plan tailored to your organization’s specific needs.

Key benefits

Learn about the best environmental technologies for sustainable development and how they are being managed in different environments around the world. This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn about global trends that affect our environment and living conditions, and the different management systems and approaches that are used to manage the environment around the world. This includes current environmental technologies designed for the environment and technologies for sustainable management within all areas of business.

On successful completion of this course:

Basic information:

  • 9 weeks
  • English
  • On-line
  • € 780
  • Anytime


Students have access to an online library with more than 10,000 professional publications, books and professional papers.


For whom the course is suitable

This course is for you if you want to expand your knowledge of sustainability in a variety of organisations, sectors and practices, including business, consulting, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and energy, or if you need to expand your knowledge of design and innovation for sustainability, want to start a business, change careers or expand your skills within an existing role, or if you are in a management or leadership role and want to lead the transition to sustainability within your team and organisation.

You aim for sustainability

Confidence in the business case for sustainability based on a comprehensive understanding of the impact of current global economic, social and environmental pressures is important to you.

You pay attention to values

The skills and knowledge to apply design, innovation and leadership skills with sustainability in your team or organisation is something that you place a real emphasis on.

You want to move

You want to equip yourself and your company with the tools needed to implement climate-positive changes in existing chains and respond to the situation the world is in today.

Co se v kurzu naučíte

Basics of sustainable business

Sustainability has become a hot topic in business and whether we like it or not, sustainability is here to stay. Over the last 30 years, the topic has moved from the margins of companies to the top. So what is "sustainability"? How and when is it relevant to an organization? In this course, you will gain a new framework for evaluating sustainability efforts. Using this framework, you will explore how sustainability relates to business and the unique role the private sector plays in it. You'll then discover the implications of sustainability for different roles within an organization and answer critical questions to ensure that sustainability is a strategic driver of growth for your company. Along the way, you'll explore examples of the complexities organizations face in meeting sustainability goals.

Sustainable financing principles

Finance is widely regarded as an obstacle to a better world. The Sustainable Finance Principles explain how the financial sector can be mobilised to counter this. By using finance as a means to achieve social goals, we can move the planet and its economy away from its current path towards a world that is sustainable for all. Throughout the course you will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, how social and environmental factors should not be considered externalities, learn about sustainable banking and asset management, effective engagement, analysing sustainable scenarios and creating long-term value.
Finally, you will understand how sustainable finance can be used as a tool to manage the transition to sustainability.

Sustainable digital innovation

Two of our biggest business challenges are digitalisation and sustainability. They are rapidly changing the way we do business today and the direction our business will take in the future. In this course, we therefore explore the business opportunities that can open up when we align our strategy with our sustainability goals. You will gain knowledge about understanding the sustainable contextual framework, the methods and tools that can help your business address sustainability challenges through different means, how digital technologies can help you manage and innovate your role in the enterprise ecosystem and drive sustainable development in business and society, and existing and emerging cases for sustainable solutions using digital technologies - as these solutions have value for industries in different markets.

Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations announced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step towards putting humanity on a sustainable development trajectory. In this study, you will therefore gain a historical overview of how sustainability has been understood, as well as an in-depth understanding of the SDGs - what they are, how progress can be measured, and what relevance the SDGs have for the management of global systems that support humanity. How different societal actors are responding to and implementing the SDGs will also be explored.

Implementing the sustainability strategy

Complex problems often require complex solutions. You'll learn the latest problem-solving methods and how you can apply them to sustainability issues in business. Systems analysis, design thinking, behavioral economics, positive psychology, crowd-sourcing, and big data can help create solutions to some of the most critical sustainability problems facing organizations today. You will explore each of these problem-solving approaches and get a hands-on experience applying them to a key sustainability problem. You will then learn strategies on how to combine the approaches to create a more balanced strategy. With these effective tactics, today's sustainability problems can become tomorrow's unique market opportunities for your organization.

Responsible management: in the practice of sustainability, accountability and ethics

Managers are increasingly confronted with issues of sustainability, responsibility and ethics. Responsible management is an integrative approach to sustainability, accountability and ethics that enables you as managers to address these challenges competently. This course will facilitate the learning process so that you can engage in changing practices to be more sustainable, responsible and ethically aware. We will first introduce you to the context of the trend towards responsible management practices, then explore the basics of each set of issues, sustainability, accountability and ethics. You will then work on your own responsible management assignment and explore responsible management practices in an area of specific professional interest (e.g., strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, organization, operations, supply chain, human resources, marketing and communications, international management, accounting and finance).

Executive course tuition fee

If you are ready to take your career and personal life up a notch and want to get an education with an innovative and practical approach, don’t hesitate to apply!

Course tuition: € 780

Payment can be made in one lump sum or spread over up to 3 interest-free instalments. A first instalment of € 400 is always required before the start of the course.

Tuition fees include all study materials and access to all seminars or online lectures organised by the European Institute of Finance & Management.

5% discount
If the student decides to pay for the course in one lump sum before the start of the course, a 5% discount will be applied additionally to the course price.

About the certificate

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from the European Institute of Finance & Management, which will be valuable evidence that you have developed better skills, knowledge and abilities in the field of sustainability in organisations and will be able to contribute to their successful development. This course is accredited by the European Environmental Institute, which provides training courses in environmental and sustainability management. 

Throughout the course you will be continuously assessed in relation to several practical assignments. These assignments are always completed online and successful completion is a prerequisite for completing the entire course. You must therefore complete all the assignments given to you as part of your studies in order to be issued with a certificate of successful completion. These assignments vary from course to course and are based on the difficulty of the course and the requirements of the course sponsors or lecturers.

The certificate will be issued in your legal name and will be sent to you on successful completion of the programme as per the requirements set out at the address you have provided on your course application form. The certificate has unlimited validity and can be used throughout your career.