From Business to Benefits: People, Planet, Profit

Sustainability & Social Impact Certificate

The Certificate in Sustainability & Social Impact empowers participants by acquiring in-depth tools and understanding of how to effectively respond to the question of “How can business models be (re)designed to achieve competitive advantage based on sustainable innovation?”.

Objectives

- Gain insights from experienced professionals and experts on how to identify the challenges of actual system failure

- Explore new business models, sustainable solutions and collaborate on how best to apply the principles of sustainability to communities and organizations

- Learn to deal with resistance, barriers to change and finally become an ambassador in the paradigm shift from shareholder to stakeholder value

- Acquire in-depth knowledge in the essentials of sustainability and social impact as well as specific areas of your choice

Who should apply?

The program is designed for professionals and private individuals at all levels of society. It is intended to attract:

Private participants interested in acquiring skills to implement sustainability  in their lives, communities and families
Corporate participants looking for tools to initiate, drive and implement change in their respective organizations
corporate program participants (paid for by the respective organization) to acquire expertise in becoming ambassadors of organizational change

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    Curriculum features

    Sustainable Management Strategies
    Circular Economy
    Sustainable Finance
    Governance & Sustainability
    Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Economics
    Project Management
    Change Management
    Business Communication
    Legal & Social Responsibility

    Program structure

    1 year, part-time, flexible start date
    4-8 courses (12 credit hours total), 6-9 hours per week
    Courses are academically accredited at the graduate level

    Diverse set of perspectives across industries, professional experience, and academic disciplines
    Attend courses with students from a variety of backgrounds and companies, ensuring exposure to a broad range of learning experiences
    Apply credits earned to an MBA degree
    Completed courses may be applied toward the MBA Degree (additional application requirements are necessary)

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    Curriculum

    The Certificate in Sustainability & Social Impact consists of 12 credit hours

    Required Course

    Sustainable Management Strategies (3CH; new course)

    This course discusses and analyzes the concept of sustainability within a business and management setting as well as the complex relationship between business and the environment. It explores the nature of business in today’s global context where addressing environmental and social issues is becoming increasingly important.

    Sustainability Book

    Electives

    Circular Economy (1CH; new course)

    It has been shown that with a systemic and cross-disciplinary approach, the circular economy can decouple economic growth from the depletion of natural resources through the creation of products, services, business models and public policies that allow resources to remain in use at their highest quality and value at all times.

    Using real business cases, the course explores which circular economy solutions and business strategies can be developed to respond to new usages and the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Students will learn how they can act upon changing the current economic system and become leaders in this major paradigm shift.

    Sustainable Finance (2CH; new course)

    It is quite clear today for key players in the financial sector that they need to define and show how they create value for society and beyond that, how they contribute to securing legitimacy and trust in society and help to support the financing of the evolving policy environment.

    The course has an innovative teaching style that combines theory and practical business case studies allowing candidates to put into practice the main concepts and definitions learned.

    Governance and Sustainability (2CH; new course)

    Successful integration and effective management of sustainability at any company requires having committed leadership, clear direction, and strategic influence, and none of this will happen without a robust governance structure. Sustainability governance helps a company to implement a sustainability strategy across the business, manage goal-setting, reporting processes, strengthen relations with external stakeholders, and ensure overall accountability.

    How and where sustainability fits into the overall corporate structure can be very revealing of a company’s direction and priorities. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no “cookie-cutter” structure that can be applied; every company must tailor its approach for what makes most sense given its business model, structure, resources, and level of sustainability integration in the business.

    Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Economics (1CH)

    Governments, NGOs and philanthropists together have not been able to address the systemic failures that have led to the pervasive societal and environmental challenges of today. The private sector is invariably implicated in both the creation of a set of problems and the solutions.

    A global movement of impacted economics addressing the ‘Triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit’ is driving the growth of new business and innovative business models, leveraging market forces to drive positive change. Social innovation addressing societal challenges can come from any individual or institution alike.

    Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to address societal problems has created a new breed of change-makers: social entrepreneurs. Using the mind-set of entrepreneurial thinking to tackle problems as opportunities, these mission-driven entrepreneurs are creating a global buzz through their inspirational stories.

    The development of social ventures has created international attention and evolved into cross-sector collaboration with companies, investors and an engaged public sector. They have stimulated new forms of financing such as venture philanthropy and impact investing, seeking financial returns alongside measurable social or environmental returns.

    Project Management (1CH)

    You will learn a project management approach which links with the Project Management Framework, Processes and Knowledge Areas as used in the PMBOK Guide of the Project Management Institute. We look at the soft skills needed to manage a project, focusing on potential obstacles, thus enabling participants to avoid, anticipate or manage these. The approach is pragmatic. All concepts will be systematically translated into concrete applications which participants’ can then use in the workplace. A wide variety of didactical tools will be used in accordance with David Kolb’s experiential learning cycle. This will be followed by the delivery of a final assignment and possibly enrolling for the CAPM® Certificate exam.

    Change Management (3CH)

    This course examines the strategy and techniques for successfully introducing and managing change in organizations. It explores power, influence, leadership, motivation and communication in the change process, as well as organizational development, organizational learning and innovation management. Students will develop a framework for recognizing factors that influence change and will learn how to map a process to manage change effectively.

    Business Communication Essentials (2CH)

    In a business world of increasing speed, ambiguity and complexity, effective communication is becoming an increasingly important skill for success in the workplace. It plays an essential role in maintaining interpersonal relationships in the corporate context and for leading transformational change.  This course sets out to equip leaders with the insight, skills and confidence to connect with people in a way that enables and energizes collaboration for change.

    Legal & Social Responsibility (3CH)

    Sustainable organizational practices require managers to pay attention to the environmental and social impact of organizational strategies and actions.

    The course is split into three parts. Parts one and two are covered by Professor Lucius and part three by Professor Hance. In part one, covering the first half of Professor Lucius´ classes, the concepts and practices of integrating sustainability into decision making will be elaborated. Case studies and real-world examples will be presented and studied. In the second part, the students will present their assignments, which will be decided upon together, on the basis of the material presented and studied in class. The assignments can be undertaken either in groups or individually.

    * CH: Credit Hours

    3 CH = 12 class sessions of 3 hours, 36 hours of class contact
    2 CH = 6 – 8 class sessions of 3 hours, 18 – 24 hours of class contact
    1 CH = 4 – 5 class sessions of 3 hours, 12 – 15 hours of class contact

    Cost

    €9.700

    Tuition excludes text books & €125 Admission fee. Living expenses are additional.

    Admission requirements

    TOEFL

    TOEFL scores or other proof of English proficiency

    Minimum score of 570

    Relevant Work Experience

    Minimum 2 years

    Provide a CV + personal statement of interest